Parents: You should let your kids watch more TV!

Fit KidsDon’t you just love the electronic babysitter?  Hours of peace and quiet to get on with important grown up stuff without interruption!

You should definitely let your children watch as much TV as they want.  Here’s why:

1.  TV very efficiently uses up time that children might otherwise spend playing, and since children learn best through play, keeping them in front of the TV means you won’t have to deal with a child that knows too much and outsmarts you.

2.  The more TV a child watches, the more they want to watch.  It’s kind of addictive like that.  Letting them watch as much TV as they want means they won’t be begging you to play, read or go to the park with them, meaning more me-time for tired parents!

3.  TV characters talk in all kinds of accents, so your child will learn to speak in ways that you couldn’t possibly teach them yourself.

4.  Many children’s programmes have interesting role models, and some adult themes.  They often include bullying, violence, lying, cheating, victimising, sexual connotations and loads more, so your child can learn a lot about life without you having to go to the trouble of explaining things to them.

5.  Most TV programmes include goodies beating up baddies, teaching your child the valuable lesson that violence can solve most of life’s problems.

6.  Children who watch a lot of TV get accustomed to a high level of visual stimulation, so you won’t have to worry about them getting involved in something boring like chess club or fishing.

7.  Adverts during children’s TV programmes teach children everything they need to know about the latest toys available, making birthday and christmas present buying a breeze.

8.  Knowing everything about TV’s latest characters means your child will always have something to talk about at school.

9.  Children who watch a lot of TV tend to act out the programmes during play time, saving them the trouble of having to think up a game out of their imagination.

10.  And of course, one screen leads to another, so avid TV watchers will find transitioning to tablets, phones and gaming super easy.

Go ahead, switch on that box…or not.

PS in case this post makes you think I’m crazier than I really am, you’d better read more about me here!

You might also enjoy this blog post about what inspired me to start Fit Kids, or this one about my thoughts on building grittier children.

About Simon

I'm a dad, a teacher and a business owner, doing my best to make every day count. I'm determined to shape the way the next generation feel about exercise, and I'm doing this by showing children the difference between enjoying exercise as part of healthy lifestyle, and participating in exercise as a means to perform in sport. I'm also helping parents learn how to include exercise as a normal part of daily life, and working with schools and teachers to change the way they present exercise to children in the foundation years.

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