There was a time when I watched a lot of TV. I actually grew up with a television in my room (gasp!), although it was just a tiny black and white model with a dial and I didn't watch it that much. Still the idea of TV was very natural to me and I often had it on in the background while I worked or studied during college and grad school.
In architecture school most of my friends were too cool for TV, preferring to spend their little free time reading yet more about architecture while indulging in copious quantities of coffee and cigarettes. When I first met Big Smith and learned that not only did he have a few interests outside of architecture (seeing live music, enjoying the outdoors...) but he also had cable, I knew he was the man for me!
These days though we don't watch much TV. I actually often find it grating to hear it buzzing even in the background. I refuse to upgrade to a flat screen so we still have a two thousand pound unit that I bought a decade ago, and I like being able to keep it in a cabinet so that I can pretend it doesn't exist. I guess I've kind of turned my back on the my old pal TV.
There are shows though that make me happy to play couch potato for a while, right now the top of my list is Mad Men. How I love that show! The clothes, the sets, the cars... why can't we all just live in the 1960s forever?! (well... I mean with better vegetarian options and equal rights and all). I'm also a fan of Breaking Bad and Portlandia and sometimes I just want to indulge in terrible Bravo shows or cooking programs. Zoning out in front of the television cuddled up with the husband can be a great end to a long day.
So I feel like TV is good for me in moderation, but I'm still on the fence when it comes to Little Smith. So far he hasn't watched any television... none. I know it can sound pretentious when I say I don't let my kid watch TV. It's just never on during the day so it doesn't occur to me and he doesn't seem to miss it, although I am noticing that he's the only kid in his little playgroup without a crush on Elmo. I know a few mom's who are completely against letting their kid's eyes glance at a screen and others who prop up their iPhone in front of their kids for every meal. I do think whatever works for you is probably just fine... no judgment!
I'm just not sure where I am going to fall on this one. Yesterday we actually watched Fraggle Rock for about 20 minutes from Netflix on my phone for the first time. Little S was definitely into it, although he did want to pace around and watch from different angles the whole time. My cousin swears her very smarty-pants six year old got so smart from all of the educational programs she watches... but there's still part of me that wants to resist exposing my little guy to all the programming and marketing and flashing lights and colors, even if he's a bit slower with words or counting because of it. We'll probably land somewhere in the middle eventually, but I'm kind of enjoying not hearing the sound of some of those (annoying?) kid's programs for just a little longer.