So, what do the pros say about screen time? The American Academy of Pediatrics says for kids that are in school, the max is two hours of "entertainment media time." That is all forms of entertainment -- TV shows, video games, cool apps on the iPad and so on. For kids under two years old, they say no amount of screen time is okay. Nada, none, zip, zero minutes.
I've already confessed my kid watched TV under two years of age, and she regularly goes over that two-hour limit now. Not by much mind you, but she goes over. She is thriving at school, ahead of the game and, again, as I have mentioned, she doesn't watch "Sponge Bob" or just any old show. And we watch with her and talk about the shows and play educational games with her.
But, have we, at times, had to limit TV? Sure. When she gets out of routine, during breaks in school, the TV is on more than usual. But that goes for all of us, and, every once and a while, that is fine. Though we have to be sure we are It is being on top of it, monitoring it, and make sure a good habit of screen time doesn't morph into a bad habit.
Do your kids go over the AAP guidelines? By how much? When do you find your kids watch more TV than usual -- summertime? The weekends? Spring Break?