TV: A parent’s best friend!

Before becoming a parent I had high and lofty ideals about not letting my children watch television. We all know that television turns regular humans into unproductive slugs. This is true for both children and adults.

Now that I have children, I recognize the value in occasionally transforming my children into slugs. As a general rule, their productivity is comprised of messing up the entire house, destroying the books on the bottom shelves, and causing general mayhem. Sometimes I prefer to avoid this sort of productivity.

In spite of research to the contrary, television can be the best thing for parents and consequently the best thing for children as well. My own theory is that researchers do not have children and completely fail to account for all of the positive secondary effects of television viewing.

Just a few positive secondary effects include, but are not limited to:

  1. You can get lots of shit done while your kids are watching television.
  2. Television distracts ornery siblings from fighting with one another, provided that you have either 2 couches or 2 separate rooms with televisions for them to watch.
  3. Television keeps kids entertained on days with horrible weather when you can’t get outside.
  4. Television distracts sick children and means you don’t have to sit in their immediate germ pool all day reading books that you’re already completely sick of.
  5. Television teaches your kids about what is cool and ensures that they have stuff to talk with their friends about.
  6. Television also shows your kids which toys they want. This narrows down your selection to just a few items and which it much easier to shop for gifts.

See, television really is the greatest thing since sliced bread, and sliced bread is pretty great. Have you ever tried slicing bread while trying to get ready quickly in the morning? Not pretty! 


About dirtyrottenparenting

I'm a parent of two lovely (most of the time) children. I work full time out of the home and I don't cook well, bake, sew, or do crafty things. I keep my high heels and jewelry at my office because there's no point in having them at home.
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12 Responses to TV: A parent’s best friend!

  1. I was living in a place without TV once while being sick, it was awful… when I was a kid it was the best, my parents would let me sleep in their bed with the TV on, I would be too sick to care much, but it did help!

  2. unfinishedbizness says:

    Amen sister! Tv i’d how i’m able to cook dinner without being stopped every 5 minutes for random bs!

  3. Kathy V. says:

    I managed the ‘no tv’ thing until my little one was about 6 months old. Twenty minutes of tv here and there certainly aren’t going to kill anybody, not even the little babies.

  4. Glor says:

    You took this post right out of my head! I love television and I’ve read and heard that you shouldn’t let kids watch TV at a very young age. I mean I suppose it depends on what the kid is watching, for how long and how often TV watching takes place. When I have to make a quick meal, I don’t mind letting the TV entertain my daughter for a few minutes. I mean it’s either the TV or have her in the kitchen with me near the hot stove. Great post!

  5. Just make sure as your kids get older you try to prevent them physically fighting over the remote! My brother and I broke so many remotes… 😀 Also, I used to babysit a little monster (he was really annoying, parents never said “no” and he was generally hyperactive), and the television along with computer games were the only way to handle him.

    • I feel that it is important to balance TV watching with exercise. Therefore, the remote will always be hidden somewhere just out of reach, ensuring that my kids will have to expend energy to find/reach it. I figure that should cover all my bases.

  6. stephicakes says:

    7. A little peace and a little break for mommy make for a MUCH happier household for everyone. 🙂

  7. galpod says:

    Not all TV is bad from a research point of view. It depends on the kind of TV they’re watching. I saw a study that compared SpongeBob to Caillou, and they found a decrease in cognitive functions after watching SpongeBob, but no difference between watching Caillou and sitting by a table with crayons (drawing, or whatever preschoolers do when sitting by a table with crayons). My toddler taught himself the alphabet watching Sesame Street. Not all TV is bad in moderation. And for the record, I resent the researchers-bashing. Some of us do have kids and the kids watch TV. A lot. 🙂

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