Sunday: Entertainment—TV Diet
Disclaimer: If you are having a hard Mommy day, don’t read this and come back after you have had a fantastic day I don’t want to turn into one of those blogs and hope that this will come off as a very gentle reminder.
I have been hearing the term “TV Diet” for a few weeks now in magazines, radio, books and online articles.
The average six-year-old child has spent about one full year watching TV.
I don’t know how accurate that statement is but when I read it, it scared me.
I think we all can agree that to much TV is not healthy, not productive and can damage our children health wise.
A review of over 35 scientific studies has identified that TV-watching may be responsible for 15 negative health effects.
“By ignoring their findings we may ultimately be responsible for the greatest health scandal of our time.” -Dr. Sigman
With that being said, I am not against TV, we watch TV! I am happy with the amount of television my daughter watches, one show a day. Sundays are extra special and we watch cartoons in the morning before heading off to a long day at church. I believe television in moderation can be healthy and can be used as a teaching tool!
Although, reading these studies is encouraging me want to more often sit her down with a coloring book and crayons while I try to get myself ready for the day or place her in her reading spot with her favorite books. Some days it does work, other days I let her watch her daily show.
Do you think it is time to put your children on a TV Diet?