The topic for my first blog on my new website had been on my mind when I paid a visit to my cousin Sarah and her boys, ages 5 and 7. After spending the afternoon with them, I knew I had found my topic.
Sarah lives in a TV free house. (Okay, her husband, also a professor like Sarah, wrote a book about the effects of television viewing on children and how to make it work for your family.) But here’s the thing of it, those little boys don’t miss it, and they don’t ask for it. What was more remarkable to me was how well the boys are able to entertain themselves. The whole time I was there, they were busy in their playroom. Yes, there was a small episode of tattling and maybe even an argument or two. But neither Sarah nor Fred got involved, and whatever it was passed quickly. The boys really played together. No computer, no TV, no Wii…just plain, old fashioned play.
I am sure there are days when Sarah would love to have an electronic babysitter, but that isn’t an option in their house. They have learned to play together because that’s how they entertain themselves. Do you think TV is robbing some children of the chance to learn to get along?