News Story: Babies and Educational DVD's

My daughter watches a lot of t.v. We're a big t.v. family. I am especially. I always have it on. I spent so much time by myself as a kid that I always had the t.v. on b/c it made me feel like people were in the house. Now it's just habit.

However, it's so normal to have it on in the house, nobody just plants themselves in front of it and stares at it all day long. We still do a lot of things. Bailey likes to play games on the computer, and we do a lot of reading and playing and stuff.

I'm so tired of the "t.v. is bad" argument. Then people disagree w/ them playing video games or computer games.....if it's age appropriate, I don't see what the big deal is. If you think about it, in the future all learning and games will probably be electronic.
Originally Posted by babywavy
I agree, I grew up the same. My oldest has autism and despite everything I did for him, he wouldn't talk, even with an entire year of intensive therapy he gained only 3 words. Then a little over a year ago, we moved in a hurry. For the first week of unpacking we put sesame street and various other preschool programs on, and all of a sudden a language explosion. 1 year ago, I was told my son was probably had severe mental retardation, mere months later later there was talks of him skipping a grade. Now his vocabulary is incalculable, he is reading, counting, and learning to write his name, and he's only 4.
My daughter watches a lot of t.v. We're a big t.v. family. I am especially. I always have it on. I spent so much time by myself as a kid that I always had the t.v. on b/c it made me feel like people were in the house. Now it's just habit.

However, it's so normal to have it on in the house, nobody just plants themselves in front of it and stares at it all day long. We still do a lot of things. Bailey likes to play games on the computer, and we do a lot of reading and playing and stuff.

I'm so tired of the "t.v. is bad" argument. Then people disagree w/ them playing video games or computer games.....if it's age appropriate, I don't see what the big deal is. If you think about it, in the future all learning and games will probably be electronic.
Originally Posted by babywavy


I agree, I grew up the same. My oldest has autism and despite everything I did for him, he wouldn't talk, even with an entire year of intensive therapy he gained only 3 words. Then a little over a year ago, we moved in a hurry. For the first week of unpacking we put sesame street and various other preschool programs on, and all of a sudden a language explosion. 1 year ago, I was told my son was probably had severe mental retardation, mere months later later there was talks of him skipping a grade. Now his vocabulary is incalculable, he is reading, counting, and learning to write his name, and he's only 4.
Originally Posted by cympreni
That's really interesting. Worthy of a write-up IMO.

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My daughter watches a lot of t.v. We're a big t.v. family. I am especially. I always have it on. I spent so much time by myself as a kid that I always had the t.v. on b/c it made me feel like people were in the house. Now it's just habit.

However, it's so normal to have it on in the house, nobody just plants themselves in front of it and stares at it all day long. We still do a lot of things. Bailey likes to play games on the computer, and we do a lot of reading and playing and stuff.

I'm so tired of the "t.v. is bad" argument. Then people disagree w/ them playing video games or computer games.....if it's age appropriate, I don't see what the big deal is. If you think about it, in the future all learning and games will probably be electronic.
Originally Posted by babywavy
I agree, I grew up the same. My oldest has autism and despite everything I did for him, he wouldn't talk, even with an entire year of intensive therapy he gained only 3 words. Then a little over a year ago, we moved in a hurry. For the first week of unpacking we put sesame street and various other preschool programs on, and all of a sudden a language explosion. 1 year ago, I was told my son was probably had severe mental retardation, mere months later later there was talks of him skipping a grade. Now his vocabulary is incalculable, he is reading, counting, and learning to write his name, and he's only 4.
Originally Posted by cympreni
Wow, that is fantastic!!

I think it's more about what the kids watch, parent involvement, etc. We don't have cable, so the children's programming my kids watch is PBS mostly. We do own movies, but they aren't watched daily. Some of them have a continuously play feature We also do a lot of activities with our kids too. I gotta say though getting rid of cable was well worth it. They play outside a lot more and I don't constantly hear "Can I have! Can I have! Can I have!". I see so many kids now that are huge and they are always the kids that are rarely outside playing. Their TV time isn't monitored by their parents. It's sad.
Karan has never watched tv (I never put it on for him, and now he's not interested), and he's a late talker. I actually figured kids learn vocabulary from watching tv like Sesame Street.

I've never seen Baby Einstein. But it sounds like their advertising claims are pretty bogus.


I gave my nephew a Baby Einstein DVD at 3 months on the advice of some parents/friends. He got hooked and now (at 2) watches A LOT of videos. He has a pretty big speech delay and I wonder if the TV time had anything to do with it? I know it may have happened anyway and that it is all how the parents use the TV time, but it makes me think.

We are going to try our hardest not to let Harry watch anything until age 2. We aren't big TV people, though. More radio and computer than anything else. I wonder what too much NPR can do to a kid? Probably turn him into a Republican.
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I gave my nephew a Baby Einstein DVD at 3 months on the advice of some parents/friends. He got hooked and now (at 2) watches A LOT of videos. He has a pretty big speech delay and I wonder if the TV time had anything to do with it? I know it may have happened anyway and that it is all how the parents use the TV time, but it makes me think.

We are going to try our hardest not to let Harry watch anything until age 2. We aren't big TV people, though. More radio and computer than anything else. I wonder what too much NPR can do to a kid? Probably turn him into a Republican.
Originally Posted by fuzzbucket
To me that would be worse!! I could handle a speech delay!!
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I wonder what too much NPR can do to a kid? Probably turn him into a Republican.
Originally Posted by fuzzbucket
To me that would be worse!! I could handle a speech delay!!
Originally Posted by babywavy

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