Moms Talk: Is There Such a Thing as Too Young For TV?
A doctors' group is urging parents to keep their kids from TV if they're younger than 2. Have you ever heard this too-young-for-TV argument?
Wait, aren't we in the age of Baby Einstein?
If so, then what's up with this New York Times story I saw this week? It reports that a group of doctors is urging parents to keep their kids from TV before they're 2 years old.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says there's nothing positive that can come from a baby younger than 2 watching TV, and, in fact, the child could see negative effects.
This pediatricians' group was whistling the same tune in 1999, but now they're saying even a parent's TV usage could stunt their kid's ability to talk.
Instead of allowing infants to watch videos or screens, parents should talk to them and encourage independent play, said the first guidelines on the subject issued in more than a decade by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
And help us start a discussion: Do you believe what you're seeing about this group's recommendation to keep kids younger than 2 from the TV? Do you have a success story about your kid watching TV at an early age, or a story about how it might not have worked out so well? We want to hear from you!