I’ll admit it. Eirinn watches t.v. I will qualify that by saying she only watches Treehouse, which is geared specifically towards babies and toddlers. There are no violent or age-inappropriate shows on Treehouse, no matter what time of day. No swearing, no adult situations, nothing too confusing. Her favourites are Go, Diego, Go, Big Comfy Couch, This Is Daniel Cook, and Four Square. She loves the theme songs and knows the words to many of them. She sings, dances, plays along, points out objects she recongizes and is generally very happy while watching ‘her shows’.
I’ve read many, many articles by various levels of professional and non-professional ‘experts’ that say that any t.v. before the age of two can be detrimental to a child’s intellectual development. I’m not going to argue with that, per se, because I’m not a doctor and I haven’t studied hundreds of babies and toddlers to get any sort of statistics, like I’m sure has been done to bring the pro’s to their conclusions. I will say that Eirinn is at the top end of the scale for intellectual and physical development, according to anything I’ve read (which I don’t normally buy into because we all end up at basically the same spot, don’t we?) She showed no interest in anything on the television screen until beyond a year, and trust me, I tried (as I count the 8 Baby Einstein videos which were, all but one, rejected for anything but chew toys – thanks, Eirinn, now I can’t even sell them). I just can’t see the harm in letting her watch a few shows. My husband and I are verifiably, certifiably, undeniably addicted to t.v., and quite proud of it, and we’re fairly normal, successful, productive members of society. We can count by twos and tie our shoes. Neither of us are morbidly obese, which is a side effect of too much t.v. according to ‘the experts’.
Eirinn is very well rounded, including watching television. Besides watching a few shows, she also plays outside everyday (weather permitting), she colours, she reads like nobody’s business, she plays with her toys. We also monitor her viewing very closely. We watch with her, singing the songs, playing the games, asking her questions about what she sees. Television is really just another learning tool, as we’re using it, and I am finding that she is not only NOT intellectually delayed because of it, but she is learning in leaps and bounds and I credit it partially. So, what’s the harm in a little boob tube? None, as far as I can tell.