Last week, I asked whether or not we should allow our kids to watch no television, a little television, or as much television as they can handle. The results were a tie between none and some (46% to 46%). The remaining 8% of you were too busy watching "So You Think You Can Dance" to vote on the poll.
I did a little research on this whole television topic, and found that the American Academy of Pediatrics has this stance: Until more research is done about the effects of TV on very young children, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend television for children age 2 or younger. A quick summation of their reasoning is that the first two years of life is very important in social and mental development and why waste it lethargically in front of the television set.
Conversely, the American Academy of Parents With Multiple Children believes: Since much research is still needed to study the effects of television viewing by infants, we say screw the AAP and their conclusions. The AAP is probably made up of a bunch of single and barren scientists who wouldn't know a diaper from a diaphragm. I'm turning on Pulp Fiction and taking a nap.
Something funny has been going on with Emma the past week: She hasn't been eating much! She's not sick, but she has been very fussy during certain meals. For instance, she'll drink all of her bottle and eat breakfast and lunch, but at dinner she just won't want to eat. She'll swat the spoon away and keep her mouth shut. Sometimes we'll give her a bath or just let her play and then try to feed again. But she'll start to cry and not want to eat. I hope she's not doing a Tracy Gold on us!
Remember, it's not like she has decided to stop eating all together. The problem we're having with her is that she may not want to eat food at one meal. Is this something to be concerned about? Should we force her to eat? Or just let her eat when she gets hungry?