Do Our Kids Watch Too Much TV?

August 2, 2011 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids

Farrah will tell you I originally envisioned this post to be about her daughter’s favorite toys. I’m always curious what other children are playing with. So I asked Farrah what Sophia’s five favorite toys were. Here’s her list:

  1. Randall from Monsters Inc.
  2. Woody and Buzz from Toy Story
  3. Mater from Cars & Cars 2
  4. Barney (because she watches Barney videos all the time)
  5. Keropi (better known as the frog from Hello Kitty)

Looking at the list I thought, “Hmm, most of her favorites are either from movies or TV shows.” Then I started thinking about my own daughter’s favorite toys and books. And you know what? The majority of the toys and stories my daughter loves also include characters she was introduced to by watching television.

Cause for concern? Maybe. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends no TV for children under the age of 2, except I know my daughter knew all about Dora the Explorer well before her second birthday.

There was also that recent study that linked too much TV to sleep problems, which can cause weight, behavior and a host of other health issues.

So we’re wondering: how much TV do you let your little one watch? Do you take him/her to the movies? Are your kids addicted to TV? If not, what do you do to pull them away from the tube? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Watch Farrah Abraham on Teen Mom Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST on MTV. Follow her on Twitter @F1abraham.

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