How to deal with the no-TV versus TV parents?

One of the more common topics of discussion here on the Attachment Parenting Blog is the issue of media. Should kids watch TV? Should they use computers or play video games? We have pretty strong feelings about the topic and even our ten year old only watches about one movie a month, if that. That’s why when the following comment from a reader who has a rather unique situation of her own appeared on our…Read More

Lots of TV viewing correlated with ADD. Well, duh.

Reading one of my favorite geeky Web sites, Slashdot, I came across a very interesting article entitled TV Viewing Linked to Attention Problems. The gist of the original source article in British publication New Scientist is that: “Watching television more than two hours a day early in life can lead to attention problems later in adolescence, according to a large long-term study.” While the researcher part of my brain, trained from years of graduate school,…Read More

One big reason I don’t take my kids to the theater

Linda and I went to the local cinema over the weekend to see Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and really thought it was a delightful, inventive and darn witty movie. We even thought briefly about bringing our children to see it in the theater so they can enjoy the big screen and the “cinema experience”. Until we remembered the previews that were shown prior to the movie. Most of them were…Read More

FTC touts kids see fewer TV ads selling food, but the study is predictably bogus

In a wonderful example of an overly myopic study result, the U. S. Federal Trade Commission announced that, hurray, kids see a lot fewer food ads on TV nowadays than they used to twenty years ago. In 1977, the typical kid saw more than 18 food advertisements each day, while today they are only exposed to 13. This announcement comes from a two-day government sponsored workshop exploring the effect of kids’ marketing on obesity and…Read More