BB hasn't been allowed to watch TV today. I was a bit hesitant to hand out the no TV sentence because I was afraid it would be more punishment for me than for him. I've been pleasantly surprised at his reaction. He has talked about the TV, and has shown me videos that he wants to watch, but has (so far) accepted my denial. He has quite willingly played with his toys, read books, and played with Play-Dough.
One of the toys that he got out to play with today is his train set. We had high hopes for this train set when we bought it for him, but he has rarely played with it. Part of it was probably because of his age, but I wonder how much of it was because he was occupied by the TV? He doesn't watch a lot of TV, but between watching programs and anticipating a program coming on, a lot of his attention during the day is spent on TV. Looking back on today, I wonder if he has missed out because he's watched TV this past year.
He made this train track set-up today, without assistance. Would he have made this if he had watched TV? Granted, it did take him most of the day to complete, as he has taken several breaks to do other things. But it's still impressive for a 3-year-old!
Could the anti-TV crowd be right?