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I just read an article that stated that the French government has banned television programs made for children under the age of 3.  I get it, I understand what they’re saying but…man…folks need to calm down about this TV stuff.  Why is television always the bad guy? 

Maybe I’ll get some flack for saying so but my Little One has always been allowed to watch Noggin and PBS Sprout and those other “educational” stations.  I draw the line at channels that show commercials, but it’s my personal opinion that a little Dora never hurt anyone.  Apparently a lot of people think it does.  These are the reasons for the ban, according to some kind of expert on something:

“Television viewing hurts the development of children under 3 years old and poses a certain number of risks, encouraging passivity, slow language acquisition, over-excitedness, troubles with sleep and concentration as well as dependence on screens.”

I have to disagree.  Maybe excessive television viewing can do those things, but parents who use the TV as a babysitter are just going to find some other way to neglect their kids.  I guarantee it.  Those kind of blanket statements dont take into account kids like mine who spend 2/3 of their time outside running around and interacting with people but once in a while sit down for a movie or some Playhouse Disney.  I can’t even tell you all the things she has learned from those shows, words I wouldn’t have thought to use around her, the difference between a puma and a lion, shapes, colors, songs.  She knows the alphabet and her colors and how to count to 15.  Now, I might have taught her those things eventually but, to be honest, I wasn’t even aware that she had the ability to remember that kind of information yet.  I probably would have waited a year to start working on it.  But she surprised me, and her little cartoony friends helped.  So how can that be bad?  Just because some mom somewhere, who would rather be doing anything but spending time with her own little one, plops a kid in front of the tube and goes about her business…as far as I’m concerned that’s a completely different thing.  It sucks that the rest of us – meaning anyone at all who doesn’t stick up their nose and cry “I don’t even own a television” but who uses it sparingly and responsibly and not as a substitute for proper parenting – get lumped into that group.

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Addiction

My kid is going to arrive at college with one of these in her mouth, I just know it.

 

Her pediatrician says it’s not a problem right now.  He’s totally pro-binky because, obviously, it’s a better way for a child to soothe herself than to have a tantrum and flail around the way 2-year olds are wont to do.  Her dentist is unconcerned until she turns 4.  As long as we are using the smallest ones and they’re orthodontic she says they wont do any harm.

But I am concerned.  Because this is a serious addiction.  It started out as a night time only thing but, from the day we were plunged without warning into the Terrific Twos, she has wanted to have one in her mouth at all times.  And when she comes up and coos, “Binky.  Pweeease,” in her saddest, sweetest little voice….  Well, let’s just say I become that mother I never thought I would be.  I’m such a sucker (no pun intended).

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When your child is throwing a tempter tantrum – the fourth or fifth one of the day – and you are trying to ignore it (let’s say, for the sake of argument, that you wouldn’t ordinarily ignore such a meltdown but you know that you can’t give in every single time and have simply chosen this one as the one to ride out) do you ever want anyone else’s input?  Do you ever feel like you need someone else to translate the jibber jabber that your child is screaming into your ear at 176 decibels?  Do you need someone else to take over the other task you were attempting to complete or make suggestions about ways to calm your child down?

No?

Really?

Do you think you could be so kind as to let my mother-in-law know?

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