One evening when my daughter was around 3-month-old, I asked my husband to look after her for 10 minutes so I could have a decent shower. When I finished and walked out to our bedroom to see my baby but she wasn’t there or my husband neither. I walked into the living room and couldn’t believe in my eyes. Here my daughter was sitting on the bouncy chair with the legs dancing up and down to the music of the series “In the night garden” on TV, besides that was my husband lying on the couch with the feet up and eating Magnum ice cream.
I said (with raising voice): “what are you doing?” – my husband asked (with a startled look), “what’s wrong darling?” I said it was not good for baby watching TV at the early age. She should stay away from TV until she turns 3 at least. He totally disagreed and said: “It won’t hurt” and the baby “is ok to watch TV at that age”.
I brought this story to my community nurse when I saw her next visit and she said the same thing as my husband did. “It is nothing really hurt the baby’s eyes when she watches TV” and she told me not too worries about that.
Back then, the baby is very little and most of the time she doing is sleeping. So a little bit of watching TV sometimes really is nothing and it helps to develop her vision.
But what’s happen when she is getting older and watching TV more frequently. I have been thinking a lot about balance her activities during the day. I don’t stop her watching TV but I only give her couple spare hours everyday to watch it. And it seems to work very well. But the most important thing is I control the TV’s program and she is always under my eyes. I can’t deny that she has learned a lot from what she is watching on TV and motivate her to more activities.
In my opinion, everything has two sides and watching TV is not an exception. Nowadays, kids grow with technology and TV becomes a popular entertaining appliance for every family. Parents play an important role in building the habit of kids in watching TV. I think, with a good guidance from parents, kids will enjoy watching TV while parents are happy to control their habit.
* Thoa Read *