Friday, April 10, 2009

Couch Potatoes?

I am a wiz at yearly pediatric check-ups.  I mean it - I ace every question!  Do my girls brush their teeth?  Yes.  Do my girls get enough calcium? For sure.  Are they safely secured in their car seats every time we load into the car?  You bet.  Do they eat enough fruits and vegetables?  At least four servings a day!  The lengthy medical interrogation usually puts my mind at ease, confirming my status as a good mother.  
However, I was recently asked one question that caught me off guard.  "How much television does your child watch every day?"  My reply?  "Um, usually just some morning cartoons on Disney and an occasional movie."  I'll be honest, as a busy mom who's list of "to-do's" always exceeds the number of hours in a day, I often do pop in a movie or turn on cartoons to distract my girls long enough to get a few things done around the house.
But ever since June's last well-check, I can't get that question out of my mind.  In fact, I have become ultra-fixated on my girls' t.v.-viewing habits.  My findings have not been ideal.  So, how do you know if your children are watching too much t.v.?  Ask yourself a few questions:

1.  Does your child regularly ask you if you are "18 or older?" 

2.  Does your child use vocabulary well beyond their years, such as:  "Mom, why are you so skeptical?" (thanks Scooby Doo!) 

3.  Can your child sell you on a infomercial product, such as an Aqua-Globe?  "Seriously Dad, they will work in any plant, and they come in three beautiful colors!"  

4.  Does your child attempt to solve your financial problems by suggesting you turn your "Gold into Cash." (Wish I could take credit, but this one was from a friend!)

5.  When asked what they are waving around in their hand to chase off the monsters, does your child calmly reply, "It's the money you could be saving with Geico." and flash you the cute little cash bundle himself?

Are you worried yet?  I am.