Or almost. Quite. TV free.
Before Little Cat was born I already made clear with Hubby that I want our child(ren) to have limited exposure to television. Limited is the operative word since it is Hubby’s one form of relaxation, and since I like to get some dose of TV Patrol and pinoy teleserye to0. Call us TV slaves if you want but just the same, I believe in the harmful effects TV violence can bring and that prolonged exposure affects a child’s imagination and creativity. Add to that American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation:
“Limit children’s total media time (with entertainment media) to no more than 1 to 2 hours of quality programming per day.”
“Discourage television viewing for children younger than 2 years, and encourage more interactive activities that will promote proper brain development, such as talking, playing, singing, and reading together.” (Source here.)
That’s NO VIDEOS for newborns until they reach 2 years old, and a MAXIMUM OF 2 HOURS of selected videos for 2 years and up.
It’s hard to do but Hubby and I agreed that we’ll limit video watching when Little Cat is up and about. It was actually easy adhering to our self-imposed policy since we had our TV in a separate room and LC was just a teeny-weeny infant then. Easy until we moved in my father’s house.