I won't lie. TV has had a big influence in our house this winter. At times when Little Lewie's home with a cold, I have to squeeze in a shower, chores have to be done, or I'm making supper, TV has become our ultimate babysitter. I'd like to say that I plop Lewie down with a craft or a coloring book, but I find that neither holds his attention for too long...
With that said, the results have been bitter sweet. There are times when I'm proud that he's actually learned something important from watching his shows. For example, one of his movies taught him that blue and yellow make green or red and yellow make orange. To me, that's simply amazing since I don't think I learned anything about mixing colors until I was in high school! (Yup. I definitely didn't have the sophisticated education that kids have now-a-days.)
However, then there are the days when I cringe at what he picks up from his cartoons. For example, he loves to watch Wow Wow Wubbzy, and as a result, loves quoting from the show. I frequently catch him yelling Widget's phrase, "Whoops, that wasn't supposed to happen!" (Cute.) Although, he's also learned some phrases like, "I win. I win. I win"--a gloating type comment that Wubbzy likes to make when he's beating someone else--or the phrase, "Boring, boring, boring"--a comment Wubby makes when, you guessed it, Wubbzy finds something unexcitable. Since he uses these phrases at home, I can only imagine what his teachers at school must think when he announces loudly to the entire class that something's, "Boring, boring, boring."
Finally, on nights that I work late, my mother has introduced Lewie to the world of Scooby Doo. He is such a fan of the show that he's constantly asking to see it, and now lovely words like ghosts, creepers, mummies, and phantoms have become part of his ever-increasing vocabulary. (Thanks Mom.) I suppose kids already have an inborn fascination with monsters and ghosts. After all, many of Little Lewie's friends like to pretend they're monsters themselves. Still I can't help to wonder if introducing some of this stuff at an early age could have some potential negative side effects, such as developing an unhealthy fascination with the supernatural...
So, in closing, I end this post where I started. I have mixed feelings about TV, and wonder what other fabulous moms like you have to say about the issue.
How much TV does your child watch during the winter?
Are there cartoons that you ban from the house?
What activities do you use in place of TV?