Did you guys see these headlines today? TV May Do No Harm Or Good To Babies: Study
I don't usually talk about controversial stuff on my blog mainly because I don't have really strong opinions on many topics. Call me wishy-washy, but I can generally see issues from different sides. I would be horrible on a jury. I'd be the one holding up a verdict with my, "But I can see the defendant's point. Oh wait, the prosecution has a good point too! Then again, the defendant makes sense...."
Anyway, because I just got back from the Baby Einstein headquarters where I was introduced to a couple new products coming out (I'm going to have a giveaway for some awesome Baby Einstein products on my review blog soon, btw) these headlines caught my attention. This is one topic on which I do have a definite opinion.
Basically this study says nothing. It says that TV viewing (an average of an hour a day was spent viewing TV in this study) from children 2 and under does no harm. Still, headlines surrounding the study make it out to sound bad. Well, guess what! We moms don't need any more guilt. We have enough guilt over every other aspect of parenting. We don't need some researcher telling us that if we dare to put our child in front of a Baby Einstein video or an episode of Sesame Street or Blue's Clues, that we're damaging them for life. What's more detrimental to our child's well-being is if we are focusing 100% on them 24 hours a day. Sometimes mom needs a break! It ticks me off when some researcher tells me that I'm neglecting my child if I opt to put a video on for them while I take a shower or cook dinner or make a phone call.
And Baby Einstein videos seem to take an awful lot of bashing when it comes to this subject. Have you ever seen a Baby Einstein video? The soundtrack is classical music. The visuals are pictures of real-world objects; simple, large, slow-moving, brightly colored objects that your baby sees in your house and while out and about in their world. Yeah, that's crazy! That'll sure damage a kid for life, won't it - exposing them to classical music (because we all know how evil that is) is sure to stunt a child's learning. :::rolling eyes::: Puh-lease. When Julie Clark, a SAHM, started the Baby Einstein company 10 years ago, she called her videos, "Digital Board Books". She wanted to bring the arts and humanities to little children in a way that would be enjoyable on their level. She intended for parents to use these videos to relate to and share with their child. At the end of her videos, she even speaks to parents, telling them to talk to their children about what they're seeing on the TV. She encourages parents to interact with their child while watching the video together.
And really, let's face it, although we may watch these videos (and other children's television shows) with our children sometimes, other times, we just need the little break that comes from putting a video on for our kids while we hop in the shower. As long as you're not ignoring your child while they watch TV nonstop all day long; as long as you're reading to your child regularly; as long as your child gets up and outside for exercise regularly, then I say, put the video on! Let them watch! Let them have a break from you! Take a break from them! It does NOT mean you're a bad parent or a neglectful parent if you let your child watch TV. It does NOT mean that you don't love your kids if you let them watch TV. How are your children going to learn to play by themselves and use their imaginations, if you're next to them every minute of the day? How will they learn that the whole world does not revolve around them every minute of the day? Sometimes mom needs to take care of something other than the kiddos.
Heck, I learned half of what I know from Sesame Street! And if it weren't for TV, I wouldn't talk in Seinfeld and Friends and movie quotes! How boring! Moderation, my friends, moderation. And Baby Einstein? Give me a break! That was the first thing I let my kids watch! I love those videos! There is nothing wrong with them! Exposure to classical music can only do good things, so relax, you crazy non-TV watching fanatics!
OK, I'm off my soapbox. Ooooo, ooooo, ooooo!!!! I almost forgot! Check this out! There's an interview with me on CafeMom! Do you guys go to CafeMom? Check it out! It's a website that really has something for everyone! You'll love it! And you can read my interview HERE.