5 Reasons Why You SHOULD Let Your Kids Watch TV

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I know I’m going to get a lot of flak for having that title. But I like the combination of technology and kids.

I refuse to feel guilty for letting my kids watch TV, or TV programs on other screens, such as our sponsor Kidoodle.TV.

I’m not sure how many times I’ve heard or read in the last 6 years of being a parent that my kids should not watch TV, and how terrible it is for my kids. All the damage it will do to them. And that they should especially not watch TV before 2 years old.

Let’s be realistic.

Parenting is hard. Very hard.

Why you should let your kids watch TV - 5 good reasons

I’m not here to say all that research is wrong, because I have done absolutely zero research on the topic. I’m just here to say, it’s okay. Stop the self doubting. The guilt.

If you’re here reading hands on : as we grow, you’re probably already spending loads of time with your kids. You’re doing activities with them, being hands on with them.

So don’t feel like the worst parent in the world when you plop your kids in front of the TV so you can finish a deadline, or just stay sane at that moment.

I’m not saying to plant them there for the day and you go get a pedicure.

But I do believe that TV is okay every once in a while and isn’t all that bad.

Why it’s okay for your kid to watch TV every once in a while and how to make the most of it when they do.

  • Educational programming really is really educational, believe it or not. Be selective in the programming they watch! A Mom with a Lesson Plan has 5 educational programs that make her feel okay with TV.
  • This is a tech world. It’s their future in some capacity or another. Being familiar with how iPads, computers and other tech works will be to their advantage. Incorporate activities with technology.
  • Introduce topics and other things that they wouldn’t normally get to experience. And then talk about it or explore it more with activities.
  • Yes, activities! Just like you see so many book and activity pairings, educational TV episodes like those you find on Kidoodle.TV can easily be paired with an activity to let them really grasp a concept that might be harder to do without seeing it first.
  • They won’t be ruined for life. And it can help you stay sane. Be prepared with what you need to get done and really use the time effectively so that when TV time is up, you’re ready for focused kid time.

Need more reasons? I loved these 8 reasons to let your kids watch TV from The Stir. And I love this read at The Huffington Post about why TV really isn’t so terrible.

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Kidoodle.TV is a new service to me; it’s an ad-free streaming service (only $4.99 a month), and I’ve found it pretty impressive. It’s much like other TV service subscribers, but made entirely for kids, with the kid in mind.

It has only safe, kid-friendly content. Even better is that it has age appropriate content.

If they’re 3 years old, you set their profile to 3 years old and they won’t be able to choose episodes that are more fitting for 8 year olds. Because there’s a big difference in programming between those ages!

What I’m loving most so far is that it has built in time limits. So when you say 20 minutes is all the TV time you get today, you can mean it and stick to it with absolutely no budging. That’s easy. When they complain, you can blame it on the TV, it knows what to do and you said 20 minutes.

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And I just want to add to my reasons.  My kids are smart. Really smart kids. No, television didn’t make them that way. The episodes they watched didn’t make them that way. They’re just smart kids. And we do tons of learning activities to help out. All I’m saying is that the TV hasn’t made them stupid.

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358 Comments

  1. says

    My kids do not have their own devices, but they watch shows on our computer (we don’t have a TV), as well as on our Kindle Fire. We are mostly screen-free, because they play well together and it’s easier to let them play than regulate what they watch. But I don’t think TV is always a bad thing! My oldest daughter learned over 200 signs from watching Signing Time when she was small, and I love Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood for teaching emotional and social intelligence.

  2. Jen Ortiz says

    My 2.5 year olds daughter watches some tv, and uses my phone and our tablets sometimes. We use a laptop for computer usuallyoso that’s not as easy for her to manipulate yet. None of her own yet!

  3. Stephanie Sobolewski says

    My 2 yr old daughter loves to watch old Barney episodes. She watches episodes on our iphones when we are travelling for long periods of time (beyond 30 minutes). She even knows how to get to the Barney icon and play a video.

  4. Sarah Groskreutz says

    Our daughter (2.5) watches some TV (PBS kids programs) and has some toddler actions music videos that she’ll watch sometimes too. We try to vary what she watches. She also has an old iphone 3 she uses a few apps on. When she uses that I’ll set a timer for 15 minutes and when it goes off she knows she has to hand it over. I try to do that only when I need to get a meal ready or right before we leave the house or something of the like when I just need a few minutes of time to get something done. It can be really easy to just let her sit there and use it while she “zones out” so using the timer is good for both of us. Can’t say I never ignore the timer for a few minutes but she’s much better about handing it over since we started doing that.

  5. Rachelle Anderson says

    My kids do watch a little tv and are allowed to the ipad. However, we monitor the time they are on them very closely. The only time they get to watch a lot of tv is when they are sick–it’s the only way to keep them resting on the couch!

  6. Holly S. says

    We share a desktop computer and a laptop. My son has his own Nook and my 6 year old has her own “tablet”, a Vtech Innotab that’s pink, just for her. Thanks!
    hstorm799{at}gmail{dot}com

  7. Tina W says

    The kids in my family have a Kindle Fire they share. I choose the apps available to them. And TV is find in moderation. When everything out of their mouths is a quote from a show or commercial, it may be time to rethink things!

  8. sarah jerome says

    my kids are grown up n have their own families… my kids didn’t have the opportunities that my grandkids have…. my grandkids have from a cell phone to a laptop to game systems…. kids today have very much that kids never thought of dwhen my kids were growing up….. thanks for the chance…

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