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2.06.2009

TV? What TV?

Ah, Spongebob!! How I love thee!!! Thanks to you, I can vacuum, do dishes, do laundry, take out garbage, clean bathrooms (wait, hang on. Maybe I don't like Spongebob after all ;)

Whaaaat??? I don't use the TV as a babysitter ALL the time. Just enough so that I can get through a day with my sanity intact. And I have been know to turn it off, under much protest, and drag my children against their will into the back yard. This usually ends well (as in, they end up happy), because kids and the outdoors go hand in hand.

Today I sat with my four year old and did some "pre-K" work book stuff, as well as some activities in his Thomas The Tank Engine magazines. He lasted almost :45 before getting restless, which was a tremendous relief to me (not that I have TV guilt), because apparently by Kindergarten, kids are only expected to be able to focus for about :20.

(PHEW)

When determining whether or not your child has an attention span issue, a handy rule of thumb is that they should be able to remain engaged for :03 - :05 per year of life. (Or so says a few pages that I read on the internet. I'll take it, 'cause it makes my lil' :45 dude seem like a genius ;) Wahoo, internet!!

As I type this, both kids are watching Spongebob, and although the maternal guilt reflex is trying to kick in, deep down I'm not too worried about it.
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3 comments:

Amber said...

My TV died and we're living without one right now as an experiment. I was really surprised to find that I am able to get through the day without it, because SpongeBob used to be my best friend too. And the Backyardigans, and Dora. Now I use CDs as a babysitter instead, which actually works when your child is totally desperate for any form of entertainment. ;-)

JEANNE said...

CDs are awesome :) My two like to listen to the music while studying the CD insert. It's pretty cute to watch, them taking turns staring so studiously at the paper, lol

Jaina said...

A little tv never hurt anyone. (though personally I dislike Sponge Bob, but I know lots of kids love it)

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