In addition to my pie addiction, I am also addicted to television. I try to limit Jeffrey’s exposure but when he goes to bed at 8:00, I’m like woo hoo Wife Swap is on. Seriously, I have a guilty addiction to stupid television shows. I am hoping not to pass this addiction on to Jeffrey.
There are a billion studies out there about television exposure and children. The first camp says no exposure before the age of two and is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. More recently there is a study that says that there is no difference in incidence of ADHD in children between those who watched lots of tv versus none. I don’t think that I’m really entrenched in either camp. My goal is be somewhere in the middle. I don’t want Jeffrey to be watching television now. I think our time is better spent outside or playing with his myriad of toys in the house. That being said, I also don’t want him to never see television and therefore be entranced everytime one comes on around him.
My father always told me to never follow the extremes. He used to say that anything taken to extreme could be bad. That advice is something I have taken to heart and I pretty much try to live by it. I think Brian and I are trying to do the same thing in regard to Jeffrey. I don’t know all of the answers but I do know we will try to wade through the middle and not screw up too much.