Half an hour.
I have to admit, I let my almost 4 year old watch more tv then I should. Ever since we moved into the new house we don't go out much. We live in a very sketchy area because my husband lost his job and I don't feel comfortable even walking around the block with my 4 yr old and my 6 month old. We go to the park for an hour or so every day and he can go play out back when he wants but he loves to watch pbs and I let him watch tv whenever he wants because we can't go outside as much as before.
But usually it really is just background noise the majority of the time :)
As long as its on something appropriate....we'll leave it on all day sometimes. But my kids dont stare at it. They come and go. In general they watch maybe 2-3 on a weekend day where the weathers crappy. During the week, maybe an hour but not likely
the tv is is on from the time we wake up til i go to bed. When the kids were little the only stations on were nick jr,PBS and Disney. AS they grew that changed. But it wasn't like they sat in front of the tv all day. They watched 5 min go play for an hour or 2. I kept it on more for white noise then anything. The longest they will sit and watch tv is at night after dinner which is the time DH leaves for work. But even then its more of a 30-60 min time frame at most unless its a movie.
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