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Why I Let My Child Watch TV

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I let my child watch TV.
And play on my iPad.
And watch YouTube on my monitor.
And video chat on all these screens…often.

But she doesn’t watch anything on my phone…because it’s old and it sucks. Even she knows it. She uses Papa’s fancy phone instead.

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I let my child watch TV and I’m not embarrassed or ashamed to say it. Are you judging me? I won’t judge you if don’t allow for any screen time, because I’m sure you have your reasons. I know there’s a ton of studies saying why to limit kids’ – especially toddlers’ and babies’ — screen time. I’ve read them, but… 

How much screen time do you think is too much?

My husband and I certainly made some significant changes in our lives when our daughter was born, but cutting our TV time wasn’t one of them.

Here’s why I let my child watch TV:

I love television. It’s that simple. I grew up watching TV in my household, as did my husband. While we certainly avoid watching anything too graphic or violent while our toddler is in the room — frankly, I can barely stomach anything too sad (the news) or gruesome (True Blood) since becoming a mother — we haven’t given up watching basketball games, family dramas (now we really get them!), cheesy singing competitions (especially ones in other countries) or quirky sitcoms.

We like seeing our lives play out on the big screen. I love seeing all our photos and videos blown up on our large TV and so does our daughter. She loves reliving moments with me and identifying people she knows and recalling what we did. The technology that allows us to send anything from our small screens to our big screen TV instantly never ceases to amaze me, and I appreciate and use it.

We have a nice TV. Seriously, it’s a 3D plasma flat-screen TV my husband won in a random drawing at a party. It’s honestly the most expensive thing in our home…and it’s not even that expensive. But it certainly makes watching TV more enjoyable than when we just had a small 24-inch old-school box of a TV.

I don’t think TV hurt me. If anything, I mostly have fond memories of watching TV growing up including watching women’s wrestling at my grandmother’s house/daycare while plucking the gray hairs from my Aunt Mary’s head. It was her ritual with all my cousins. She’d laugh through each bout like it was a comedy. Then there were the poorly dubbed shows — Pippi Longstocking and kung fu marathons — that were our comedies. Real culture, right? The one memory I would like to erase is watching Carrie when I was in grade school. I couldn’t sleep for weeks!

tvIf we didn’t have TV, I wouldn’t be able to find a babysitter. See my first reason. My parents and sisters love TV, too.

So, I let my child watch TV.
And draw on our walls.
And read books while on the potty.
And have fruit ice pops.
And play outside…often.

My daughter enjoys all these things, especially her TV time for now. And maybe she will end up spending more time reading (real) books than reading screens, but, until then, she’s allowed to get her one-episode helping of her favorite kid’s show or numerous replays of her latest music video of choice if that’s what makes our happy home go round.


Super Bowl Polls and FREE Red Hot Chili Peppers Download

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footballSo what team are you rooting for this Super Bowl Sunday?

Seattle Seahawks or Denver Broncos? Tell us what team you’re on in our poll below. And, hey, if you want to even tell us what you think the score will be in the comments below, and you get it right, you may just win something “super” from our library. Just post your score predictions in the comments by Sunday, Feb. 2, 3:30 pm ET.

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And let’s not forget the Super Bowl halftime lineup: Bruno Mars with guest, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. What are your thoughts on the two sharing the stage for the most watched music show of the year? Vote below.
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Well, you know how we feel about the Red Hot Chili Peppers, so we think of this year’s Super Bowl as a total win-win situation. To celebrate the band’s upcoming performance, and to get your babies ready to snooze so you can watch the darn thing, we’re giving you a FREE download of “Knock Me Down” from Lullaby Renditions of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Can you think of a better song to go with football?


10-Year Anniversary of My First Blink-182 Show (And How It Almost Didn’t Happen)

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Last month, Blink-182 announced a string of shows they’d be playing in L.A. to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their self-titled album that was released November 18, 2003.

All the ruckus surrounding the shows reminded me that I had my own “Blink” anniversary coming up . . .

Today, November 14, 2013, is my 10-year anniversary of seeing Blink-182 for the first time ever (they were my absolute favorite band back then and I attribute a lot of my personality to their music and fart jokes, so this was a big deal).

The trio set out on “The DollaBill Tour” to support the self-titled release, returning to smaller venues they’d played when they were first starting out. Tickets, as the tour name suggested, were being sold for $1. The day they went on sale, I was on the phone with my mom in my high school’s office making sure she got 4 tickets for my three best friends and me. And she got ’em!

After weeks of clock watching, the day finally arrived. We drove 120 miles to the Quest Club in Minneapolis with about an hour ’til the doors opened. Time moved like molasses in January while we waited (in 20 degree weather with no coats, mind you), but we knew it was time we should be savoring. Before we knew it, the line was moving.

We finally made it to the front of the line. One by one we had our tickets scanned and entered the venue. Until the ticket man scanned my ticket . . .  “ERROR” flashed across his scanner. He tried again – “ERROR.” “Looks like we’ve already scanned this one,” the ticket taker man said.


Tears poured down my face as I realized what was happening. My mother, bless her technologically confused heart, somehow printed two copies of one of the tickets. Meaning we only had three tickets.

This is the beginning of the end of happiness!!
How could the universe have forsaken me?!

I was completely heartbroken.

Thankfully, by the kind grace of the ticket man who was obviously a little uncomfortable with my unabashed weeping, I was slipped a ticket from an envelope he’d been holding. All he said was “Have fun.” I gave him the best hug I’ve ever given anyone.

The  roller coaster of emotions I ran through in those 5 minutes all but heightened the entire experience for me. The perfect euphoria I entered that night, watching my favorite band play all my favorite songs to my best friends and me, is still unmatched with anything I’ve ever done or seen.

So, a very happy anniversary to a day that changed my life and cemented my obsession and love with music! And to those best friends I share the memory with who are still my best friends to this day.


Here’s hoping 2014 will be the year for Lullaby Renditions of Blink-182!

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