Noise. That is how I feel about television. It is just noise so much of the time. I am lucky that my boys really don't like television that much.
Big Guy could care less about television. Even on nights when we have family nights, he just isn't excited when we decide to have movie night. So obviously we don't have those very often.
Little Guy watches more television than Big Guy. He has always had a routine of waking up really early -- around 6 or 6:30 and climbing into the big chair with a blanket and the cat and watching something to wake up. In general, if Little Guy is watching television the station is on Food Network, the History Channel or Discovery Channel. I can't tell you how many mornings I have come out to get some coffee only to hear his first words be, "Mom, I just saw how to make some delicious fish/chicken/pork. Can we go to the store and get ingredients?"
My problem is not with the television the boys watch, but with commercials. Just because you approve the television shows does not mean that the commercials will have the same approval.
This summer Little Guy has been on a kick watching Full House in the morning. Nothing wrong with that. I gave him approval and have even watched it with him, but then they began showing commercials for a television series on the same station. This was a tween-directed show and some of the scenes were shocking. 6:45 in the morning I am drinking my coffee and I don't need to see teenage scenes of pregnancy and two boys kissing.
It is every station too. Commercials have prompted questions like this: "Mom, what does sitting in separate bathtubs have to do with sex?" and "Mom, what is ED?" See? Commercials should have their own rating systems. And when did they see these commercials? While watching the "innocent" shows like Full House or Andy Griffith.
We have programmed The Weather Channel into our remote so that we can quickly flip over to that channel any time commercials come on. Better yet, we just tell the boys to reserve their chores for commercial times. Have to unload the dishwasher? Make up your bed? Brush your teeth? Take out the trash? Do it during the commercial break.
Our favorite way to avoid commercials is to record any shows we want to watch and just fast forward through them all together!
How do you deal with and feel about commercials? Have you gotten awkward questions because of commercials?