When to turn off the TV?

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Registered: 01-26-2011
When to turn off the TV?
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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 11:58am

First off I should say I'm new at this. And I've asked a few other Moms but no one can give me a clear answer, so I'm hoping ya'll can help. I stay home all day, and my guilty pleasures are watching Charmed and Crime Dramas (CSI, NCIS, SVU, etc.). Random, I know. Personally, I like for there to be background noise/action during the day, and the TV is almost always on, usually on one of these shows.

But, I have 13-month old girls (twins). They don't really care for watching TV, there's only about two shows that I can get them to sit and watch, and even then it's iffy. Otherwise they don't give the TV a second thought. Neither is talking yet. Though one tries to repeat words, and they both understand basic commands. What I'm concerned about is how much of these shows in the background they are absorbing. I mean, they do get pretty violent at times. And I do not want to traumatize and/or desensitize my girls. But I'm also wondering if it'll be too late to turn off the TV when/if they do comment on it? Any thoughts? Any other Mom's that have debated this issue?

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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 2:22pm

I think this is a very good question.

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Fri, 01-28-2011 - 5:34pm

I agree it can be debatable! lol I'm sure there's lots of research and articles out there about it. I remember reading something in my Parents magazine somewhat recently that mentioned tv watching. I think they do absorb more than we think they do! It's definitely a personal preference, and what works best for each family, as to whether or not the tv should be on.

Maybe try an "experiment" lol, and leave the tv off for the day and see if they act/respond differently, or if they even notice it? Just a thought :)

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Wed, 02-02-2011 - 1:27pm
It is an interesting question. Have you tried your experiment yet?

I also used to watch a lot of CSI while I folded laundry. DD would sit near me while it was one. As soon as she started paying attention to what was on, that's when I stopped watching. She's going to be 3 on Saturday. I think it's been about two years since I've regularly watched shows like that.

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Thu, 02-03-2011 - 10:10am

I've started watching the girls, seeing if they do watch/pay attention. I've noticed that they really only pay attention when they're in their high chairs (eating breakfast/lunch for example). And then it's just the one. Still when they have their toys to distract them, they could care less. However, I doubt they're comprehending yet. It's just "flashy" and catches their eyes when they are confined to one spot...

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Thu, 02-03-2011 - 10:13am

Also, I have started playing more of the radio in the nursery, trying to phase out the tv (for me, haha). They walk in in the mornings and point to the radio for me to turn it on first thing. So they notice that more, and seem to like it.

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Registered: 12-31-2002
Thu, 02-03-2011 - 2:23pm

So they have voted for their favorite background noise then.