Saturday, September 29, 2007

Mommy's Little Couch Potato

Do they make blinders for kids like they do for horses? For the love, we can't get this kid to stop watching TV. He'll watch anything, but seems to be particularly fond of America's Next Top Model and college football. (Hmmm, models and football. Guess he takes after his daddy after all.) It doesn't matter where we put him in the room - his eyes inevitably find their way to the screen. We've witnessed many an Exorcist moment where his head appears to have turned completely around in an effort to take a peek at the boob tube.

I'm not totally neurotic about it - yet - but I am trying my hardest to prevent him from becoming brain damaged (or brainwashed) at such a young age. Although only 26 percent of parents give a hoot, experts are now advising against letting kids under the age of two watch TV, suggesting a link between early TV viewing and various cognitive development issues. (Don't buy it? Check out the following articles: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/, http://www.whitedot.org/issue/, http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/) Of course Timothy and I don't help the situation considering the television is on 24/7 in our house. Do as we say, Alex, not as we do!!

4 comments:

leah said...

Yeah for letting alex watch tv!!!! I'm sooooo proud ;)

Tracy said...

At least tune in to the Discovery Channel or History Channel (omit war documentaries), maybe Myth Busters, and of course, any parental alma mater (go Illini!) games.

Oliver said...

Do I see a little What Not To Wear on the TV in the background there?!? At least Alex will grow up knowing how to dress (in case he forgets everything you will teach him or that is wired in to his genetics).

patti zantout said...

Of course this li'l child loves tv. Isn't he related to Boettchers and Zantouts!!? What a beautiful boy he is and, Sarah, that first picture of him is a perfect example of how much he looks like his Uncle Nick!See, see, I told you. Kisses Mimi