I love stories.
I have, on occasion, attempted to have Lord of the Rings marathons during which the goal was to watch the entire trilogy in one day/night. That was before kids of course…
As a kid whenever I watched tv I was completely and totally “sucked in”. Anyone could talk to me and I’d have no idea what they were saying. Apparently my husband was the exact same way as a child… So, the fact that our kids have a strong “sucked in” genetic predisposition concerns me.
I’m not the type of parent who believes that all television is evil. I think it’s great for my kids to fall in love with stories and some children’s programming is really really good.
My personal favorite is Franklin.
There are so many things I L.O.V.E. about Franklin. He is a great role model for my kids. He’s not perfect, but he always works through solutions and makes things right in the end.
My kids would gladly watch tv all day long if I would let them… and I have to admit, sometimes it’s nice to just turn on a DVR’d episode of Franklin (or Thomas the Engine, or Word World…) and let the kids watch so I can get a few things done. But sometimes one show turns into two and the next thing you know they’ve watched tv half the day… Or in reality the whole day… or two. Those days seem to come in pairs in my house. :-/
My whole motivation behind choosing to stay home with the kids was to spend more time with them. I’m not making the most of these sweet and formative years if they spend most of it in front of the tv screen.
This month I plan to watch less tv.
With the tv off my sweet Littles will have more time for unplugged play.
A combination of two Montessori games we bought here.