The topic of banning certain television shows came up today and I wondered what shows people might ban.
Do you ban television in your home?
When Droolface was a young toddler, one of the first television program we introduced him to was the Gigglebellies. We had a DVD of several of the songs, which, if you aren’t familiar with them, are very bright and vibrant and sing-songy. Shortly after he started watching them, he would have severe meltdowns – full-on toddler tantrums – when the program was over. We had to ban it to save bedtime.
We’ve gradually allowed more television into his day and it has been OK. I hesitate to say it is working because he still has severe tantrums sometimes. He is currently in love with Super Why on PBS. This show may be the next to be banned because he has lost it several times when we have had to stop watching.
We recently had to ban movies in general because every time he watched a movie he peed in his chair. Something about men and television being all-consuming … but I digress.
Television is great for brining in parts of the outside world into our home. It is a great way to find new ideas, for example, but in other ways it also brings in behavior problems. For example, children who never previously told a parent to stop talking, suddenly find that language because of a television show. Kids emulate the shows they see and it’s not always a great thing.
They can also become seriously attached to the show or the characters in the show, making it nearly impossible to get them to enjoy other activities, like, I don’t know, fresh air or going to the bathroom!
So I want to hear from you – have you banned any television shows or programs?