They ACTUALLY STATE that parents in the US believe that Baby Einstein will make their kids smarter. I HIGHLY doubt that is true. What I believe is that Baby Einstein (and videos of the like) have provided weary moms, like me, 30 minutes of no screaming, crying, and whining, while they do something (obviously neglectful, as the CCFC suggests) like cook dinner, use the restroom, play with another child one-on-one, or even clean up the house a little.
The CCFC goes on to state that the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) states that children under two should not view TV.
I suggest that it's impossible to completely eliminate media from a child's life...unless you remove all media from the home, which is unlikely in most American homes (like mine).
I also want to state that most mothers, like myself, are busy. We devote our entire worlds to our kids. I spend countless hours reading, playing, and consoling. Is it so bad to pop in a video that captures my kids interest so that I can have time to prepare dinner without 20 month old triplets screeching at me??? DO they suggest that I have the 20 month old triplets help prepare dinner where they risk injury with the knives I use, or the hot stove I use to cook in??? Is the CCFC ready and willing to pay for a nanny so that I can gladly go about my necessary household chores without any media playing in the background?
Of course, who am I kidding. Noggin (now Nick Jr.) is almost constant background noise in our home. Mother of the year, I guess not!
My kids view media everyday. They also get HOURS of undivided attention from their mother. Sometimes as a group, sometimes one-on-one. I read to each child individually every single day....yet I still use the TV as a babysitter occasionally.
Does this make me a lazy mom? Maybe. Does it make me a smart mom? Maybe.
This is, once again, an activist group making sure that they do their part to "educate" the masses with their ideology, while harming one of the corporations that has had a slice of capitalism.
My word...Let mom's and dad's DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES what is right for their kids to view, or not to view. The literature is out there, and it's OK to educate yourself and make an educated decision.
Reagan is in 1st grade, she loves school and has never had trouble making friends. She's the most smiley and friendly child I have ever met. Reagan loves cats, horses, and most every furry animal in the world. She loves music and is taking piano lessons. Reagan was diagnosed with Epilepsy in July (2010), and is on a regiment of medication to help lessen the amount of seizures that she has. Reagan is a great kid, and we are so proud of her!
My Jedi knight....Ethan is very sensitive. Out of all the kids, Ethan's personality most matches my own. He is very sweet, and shy...but he opens up and is the class clown once he's comfortable with his surroundings. Ethan is very smart, and he loves to play with his Star Wars toys. He's our only true "blondie", and during the summer his hair is almost white. Ethan is extremely loyal, and is a very very good brother...very protective. ;)
Triplet "A", leader of the pack. Laney sees the world in black and white...it's either right or wrong, yes or no...and she has no trouble proclaiming to the world what she thinks is "right". She's the most like daddy in personality. Bossy, (in a good way!). Sweet, Sassy, and LOUD. Laney loves dresses, church, Reagan, red meat, and going to the zoo. She hates green vegetables, and is a big wimp! :)
Addie is our girly girl. She is our only curly headed child, and wasTriplet "B"...pickle in the middle. She's very sassy. She has "Addie-tude". Addie is vertically challenged, even compared to our small kids. She's double jointed, and we plan on starting gymnastics soon. Addie is the most verbal of any of our kids. She LOVES vegetables, and hates meat of any kind. She's afraid of most animals, and has a hoarding issue (she loves collecting things...and keeping them!) She's very smart, very sensitive, and a big mama's girl!
Joel is my strong and silent type. He's the biggest child I've had, length and weight. Joel is non-verbal, and we are waiting an official diagnoses, which will come sometime after he turns 3. Joel is sweet, so so so sweet. He melts my heart every day. He love trains, cars, and really anything with wheels. He likes riding his scooter, and his big wheels trike. He loves to swim, and is a huge fan of ANY food. He will eat more than a grown man. It's amazing.
Josh and I were married in May of 2002, but we started dating in 1996. He is an insurance salesman, and is the best daddy! He loves to play with the kids outside, and has no problem pitching in with the housework. He's manly enough to admit that he likes watching Glee with me. He volunteers at church with the elementary after school program.
Then there was me... I enjoy being a mom, being a part of our MOPS steering team, photography (I make no claims at being GOOD at it!), writing, and organizing. I love being a housewife, and I am contemplating what will happen when my last child(ren) goes to school. I want to be the "room mom" and do all the mom stuff, but a seperate part of me really misses work. I am a cloth diapering, and breastfeeding advocate. I am a child of God. My favorite book of the Bible is 1Peter. I love cats and horses. I love to read, and I am in love with "The Hunger Games" right now. That's about it. :)