To be sure, my kids watch enough TV to send those experts into cardiac arrest. Wait, let me rephrase that.
The TV is on all day long, but I really don't know how much the kids actually watch. Most of the time it's just noise in the background. I've tried turning it off, but then hubbers comes into the room and turns it back on again.
So, yeah, the kids watch their fair share of television, and while I agree that there are other, more valid pursuits away from the screen, I don't think it's a big deal.
I mentioned the other day that my daughter will be in France for the better part of the next three weeks. I attribute this trip to her television viewing. Yup, you heard me right. She's in France because she watched too much TV as a youngster. And I'm talking Nickelodeon, not the Travel Channel.
Do you remember the Rug Rats? My daughter loved it. She watched it as often as I would let her. So when the Rug Rats in Paris movie came out, she had to see it. And that, of course, led to an obsession with Paris which in due time motivated her to take French 3 years in a row which just happened to be the prerequisite for this school trip.
Moral of the story: My daughter is having the cultural experience of a lifetime and one hell of a summer vacation all because I let her watch TV.
Doesn't sound too evil, does it? Thanks, Nickelodeon. Thanks a lot.