We do, however, have a computer, which in some ways is considerably worse than television. On the computer you can seek out stuff you actually like to watch and then you can watch it for HOURS! Enter Sesamestreet.org.
I love Sesame Street, I think they have amazing kids programming. I thought it was so amazing, it wouldn't hurt to let Judah watch a video or two of Elmo playing the piano, or an adorable kid tickling Grover. Not only would it not hurt, it may actually help his brain grow- I mean, they count to 10 every 25 seconds!
Judah was mildly interested at first, he would groove a bit to Elmo's Song, he would smile when Grover got tickled. Then he got engaged, he would laugh when the Muppets laughed, sing his own adorable songs when they sang and then happily say goodbye after about five minutes.
Then he got older, wiser and ADDICTED!
He wakes up and the first thing he wants to do is watch Sesame Street. He can hardly turn his head away from the video to eat his amazing pineapple snacks made by his awesome parents. He watches a video for about 4 seconds before deciding whether it's worthy of a full view. If it's not he grunts and points and says "dee" (please) until you switch it to a far more agreeable Monster song and dance number.
Luke and I looked at each other the other day and thought, "We have to stop the madness!" I mean, we don't want one of these 5 year olds who can sit in front of a screen for hours on end. We want a kid who begs to go outside to discover a new species of bugs, who makes weird mixtures in the kitchen, who creates huge messy art projects, and gets lost in books. So, armed with our parental dictatorial power, we've cut him off of the screen- cold turkey.
There were no videos for Judah-Mommy day (Friday is our day for just the two of us) and there will be no videos all weekend. On Monday, when he goes off to my mom's for the day, he may watch one or two, but I'm ok with that, after all being way more awesome than parents is what grandparents are for.
For now though, I'm happy with the decision we've made. When you aren't losing yourself to the screen, you get to do awesome stuff like ...
Playing peekaboo in the curtains,
giving mom bare bum piano concerts,
wearing adult boots while playing with Swedish toys,
making forts with dad
sneaking off by yourself to read a good book.
Have a wonderful screen free (at least in part) night everybody!!