Should Obama girls get TV after school? What about your kids?

The Associated Press reports:  President Barack Obama says there’s one sure thing parents can do to help their kids learn, regardless of financial means: Forbid them from watching television on school nights.

Of his own daughters, Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8, Obama told Essence magazine: “The girls don’t watch TV during the week. Period.”

I have to say that seems a little bit harsh. My kids, and I’m sure President Obama’s kids, work very hard at school. They are gone for eight hours and deserve a little down time when they come home.

How would you as an adult feel if you walked in a from an eight-hour work day and someone made you sit down and immediately work another hour. That would stink.

When adults come home we want to unwind and so do kids. It would be great if they always wanted to go and back and play when they walked in the door, but often they just want to sit in front of the TV and turn off their pounding little brains.

I have no problem with my kids coming home and watching a couple of shows.  They eat a treat. And after about an hour they start their homework. Eat dinner. Bathe and read and then go to bed.

I just think it’s about moderation– in all things. A little TV to unwind is not a bad thing. Hours upon hours of TV (especially in a kid’s bedroom is a bad thing.)

A brownie after dinner is not bad – a plate of brownies is bad.

Self-control people. There are all these articles now that show that self-control is more important in determining a child’s academic success than even IQ. So we need to help them develop self discipline as well as other skills. They need to practice the self discipline.

When you limit something too much then they go in the opposite direction when they have the freedom to choose.

When those poor little girls go off to college, they’re not going to leave the common room for hours trying to catch up on TV.

Moderation – that’s the key.

What do you think: Should the Obama girls get a little down time with the TV when they get home from school? What about your kids? How much is the right amount?

My friend and fellow blogger Maureen Downey addressed this on Get Schooled earlier. She’s on board with the President’s No TV policy. Check out her views and the comments.

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Michelle

February 17th, 2010
1:56 pm

I think it is a parent’s choice. I try to limit the TV to no more than an hour a day and definitely no TV or video games an hour before bed! Part of our bedtime routine is reading for about 15 minutes prior to sleeping (whether him reading to me or vice versa).

It it’s nice outside, my little guy would MUCH rather be out there playing with the dogs or riding his bike. Since it’s cold outside, that’s much harder to do!

I think the kids who come home from school and flip on the TV to watch immediately and on through to bedtime are a bit excessive. I do agree with the moderation!

I’ll be honest, we don’t do homework every night! He gets a folder every Tuesday that needs to be turned in on Monday. On average, he can complete all the homework in the packet within 30 minutes! It has never taken longer than an hour. So, during the week, I will work on spelling words and things like that (writing issues, etc.)

Dar

February 17th, 2010
1:57 pm

I get home about an hour or so after my son does. Initially, I was okay with video games and some TV and even the neighbor boy over after school (I can hear it already. Whatever. The neighbor boy’s mom is right across the street and with her blessing I was okay with them spending about an hour in my home playing video games before I got there. They are in Middle School for gosh sakes — I was babysitting at that age). Anyway, that worked for two marking periods and then he stumbled a little bit out of the gate on this current one so I took games and the neighbor boy out of the equation until the end of the marking period. If he gets himself squared away and ends up on the honor roll for the period then he can have them back next marking period. I appreciate that my son needs some down-time after school. As a matter of fact, he has recently started pointing out that we both spend about the same amount of time (8 hours) “at the office” – although I also had to point out that I work at home in the evenings and most of the time that is until 2-3am after he hits the rack so my days are more like 11-14 hours before you add in housework and running him to his activities. A friend of mine has a “no electronics” rule during the week at her house. Her way works for her….mine works for me and my son.

1sus

February 17th, 2010
2:08 pm

I’m not opposed to it, but honestly, my 3rd grader literally just does not have time anymore! I try to let her have a couple days where she can play with a friend or go to the park after school, but even that feels like a stretch sometime with her homework. She used to get to watch a show after homework, dinner, bath, etc. were done, but it seems that now we are trying to complete practicing math facts or weekly projects for school, etc. until it’s actually LATER than I’d like her to get to bed! But I’m not going to give up letter her play at he park after having been in school all day!

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 17th, 2010
2:08 pm

If not permitting TV is the “harshest” thing the Obama’s are doing with their kids, then they’re in good shape. Let’s not forget, they live in the White House! I imagine their parents telling them to go find something to do other than watch TV when you LIVE in the WHITE HOUSE will only result in some really great experiences that only a handful of children have gotten throughout history. To equate the situation and opportunities that OUR kids have to what THEIR kids have is ludicrous.

I grew up in Europe when I was a teen (military brat) where there was no English speaking television. Had there been TV, and I had told my parents that I would rather watch the tube instead of taking a stroll down the local street where I had an opportunity to just take in being in a foreign culture, they would have thrown the freaking TV out the window.

I let my kid watch TV during the week, but if I was living in a truly unique, once in a lifetime circumstance like the Obama’s, I’d be hard pressed to not to take that position as well.

Jane

February 17th, 2010
2:11 pm

I’ve lost two postings on here!

Claire

February 17th, 2010
2:17 pm

Getting homework out of the way seems like a good idea. Why let it wait until right before bed when you’re sleepy? Is there something wrong with reading a good book for your relaxation time? I think it sounds great that his daughters follow a schedule and know what to expect when they come home in the evenings. Only a child who is allowed to play video games or watch tv from the minute they step in the door to bedtime is going to complain that they’re being “overworked”

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 17th, 2010
2:22 pm

@Theresa…..”When those poor little girls go off to college, they’re not going to leave the common room for hours trying to catch up on TV.” You say that with such conviction….and zero substantive evidence. How do you know that? Do you really think these girls are going to UGA and GT or a state university or will be in an environment where they think for one second that they have time to waste on the tube.

Newton Minow, FCC chairman, spoke these words in 1961!

“When television is good, nothing — not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers — nothing is better.
But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite you to sit down in front of your television set when your station goes on the air and stay there, for a day, without a book, without a magazine, without a newspaper, without a profit and loss sheet or a rating book to distract you. Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland.”

Judging on the television topics that you’ve placed on this blog alone, I see nothing to refute his claims from almost 50 years ago….and you are willing to criticize the Obamas for believing this and sheilding their kids from it.

So the kids have to wind down with something other than tv….just because you THINK you’re right about this, doesn’t actually make you right. Let them be, they’re parents in a very challenging position to be parents, and for you to criticize their decisions because they don’t agree with your own says more about your views on thing than theirs.

Probably just one more...

February 17th, 2010
2:30 pm

…of “the Chosen One’s” truth stretches….

HB

February 17th, 2010
2:37 pm

“When those poor little girls go off to college, they’re not going to leave the common room for hours trying to catch up on TV.”

I doubt it. Believe it or not, many people who grow up in families that don’t watch TV regularly don’t feel deprived of something wonderful that they need to catch up on and simply do not develop much of a taste for watching. My college roomate was like that. Her family rarely watched, and other than for a show or two each week that she really loved, she preferred to leave it off. As for moderation, I think that an argument can be made that weekends only is moderation. The Obamas haven’t banned TV all together.

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 17th, 2010
2:55 pm

@Theresa….I find it pretty ironic that this criticism has come from someone who presumably was treated with TV moderation as a youth, and your history of blogs includes these gems of TV that are SUCH good examples of ways to utilize TV to wind down (and this was just March – Aug 09):

Topic 3/5/2009: Fresh news on ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8′
Discussion questions:
So read the article and see what you think. Does it change your opinion of Jon or Kate? Does any of it surprise you? Does any of it upset you? Do you think it’s untrue?

Topic 5/26/2009: Enter to win our ‘Next Food Network Star’ prize package!

Topic 5/14/2009: Jon & Kate may split; Aunt Jodi says marriage is over
Discussion questions:
What do you make it of it all: Which headline is right? Is the marriage over? Can it survive? What do they need to do to save it? (Probably stop filming a TV show.) Are they willing to do it?

Topic 6/22/09: Jon & Kate’s announcement: Will it be divorce?
Discussion questions:
Should Jon move that far away if they are separating or divorcing? Is it fair to the kids or to Kate to move away? How will he fit 8 kids in the one-bedroom apartment he reportedly looked at in the city?

Topic 7/13/2009: What if Jon and Kate were on Match.com …
Discussion question: I think the Jon one is funnier than the Kate one, but see what you think.

Topic 8/14/09: “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” should watch out for “The Real Housewives of Lancaster County”
Discussion questions:
So what do you think: Did you like “The Real Housewives of Lancaster County?” Do like the “The Real Housewives of Atlanta?” Do you actually know any women who behave that way? Would you hang out with them? Which show do you like the best? Which cast would you want to be friends with?

I know I’m ranting on this particular topic (see I read them sometimes!), but you usually seem very forgiving and willing to give parents (particularly Moms) the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their parenting decisions especially when the decision is with good intentions and causes no immediate, long term, or obvious harm to the children. This position of yours, especially when accompanied by the criticism towards parents who seem genuinely interested in their children’s well being, is not like you. Or maybe it is. I really don’t know.

JJ

February 17th, 2010
3:00 pm

Honestly, who really cares if they watch tv or not? I sure don’t.

cld

February 17th, 2010
3:03 pm

Growing up, I came home and did my homework before I did anything else. We were allowed to have a snack while we did our homework at the kitchen table, while Mom prepped dinner. That’s just how it was. Even on Friday nights (until high school, when marching band interrupted my immediately-after-school schedule) I never realized it COULD be any other way until I started visiting friends’ houses after school. But I never felt deprived. To this day, I cannot relax knowing there is work to be done. I will come home from work, have dinner, clean up from dinner, vacuum or play with DS (him on his Fisher-Price version), get him to bed, prep sippy cups and meals for the next day and finish any remaining housework, before I sit down to relax. My husband comes in the door and wants to unwind before doing any more work. I can’t stand it. It’s just the way I was programmed, I guess. So while I don’t know about completely forbidding TV Mon-Thur, I definitely agree with forbidding it (along with computers, phones, etc) until after homework. I know DH will disagree with me there when that time comes – but whomever is home to enforce it will be the one who gets to decide.

DB

February 17th, 2010
3:29 pm

I’d say it was completely up to them. With TiVO, they don’t have to miss much, anyway. :-)

My kids seldom watched TV from middle school on — just didn’t have time, and there wasn’t anything that interesting on, anyway. Even now, my daughter only watches TV when she’s exhausted, and usually falls asleep on the couch two minutes into the show. (Except “NCIS” — we’re both kinda addicted to that.) In high school, my kids had sports practices, play practices, etc. almost every day, and usually didn’t get home until 7′ish. I had dinner on the table at that point, and then they would hit their homework. I guess the sports and play practices were their “down time”.

Theresa, you’re showing your age: most kids these days have TVs in their dorm rooms, and seldom if ever congregate in the common room to watch TV. Yeah, I remember watching TV in college (in the 70’s!) with the whole dorm, but those days are long gone. If my daughter misses an episode of “NCIS”, she just watches it on Hulu later, during the weekend. Generally, she leaves the dorm at 7:20, and between classes, rehearsals and working, she often doesn’t get back to the dorm until after supper. She basically comes home to sleep :-)

My guess is that the Obama girls know how to find Hulu :-)

Greg

February 17th, 2010
3:30 pm

We have no TV until homework is done here. Sometimes they get so much homework that they’re working on it until bedtime. I’d much rather cut back on homework than TV!

We found if we allowed TV then they’d get too out of focus and have a much more difficult time getting the homework done. So we have to enforce the homework first rule. We don’t watch TV much, so the TV watching isn’t much of a problem when we do watch it.

irisheyes

February 17th, 2010
3:40 pm

If that’s what they’ve decided for their family, great. I certainly don’t think that they are deprived in any way. They are probably MORE knowledgable about culture and the world than many kids. Is it really important that they know about Jon & Kate, Survivor, or The Hills? Honestly? (I’d just be glad if I could get iCarly off my TV at my house!)

I like how he made the point that ANYBODY can turn the TV off. As a teacher, I have so many parents who don’t do anything to help their kids. At the least, they can turn the TV off and have their kids open a book. Last I looked, the public libraries were free.

Jeff

February 17th, 2010
3:42 pm

Good job Tiger. I say DVR (TiVO) everything and allow a certain amount per week as a reward for getting everything else done. They can figure out how to utilize their time themselves. Kind of like teaching them to be grown up (the ultimate goal).

Rebecca

February 17th, 2010
3:45 pm

I would think right after school the kids would need some down time and decompress, with a snack and outdoor time. My kids do this when there are no extra curricular activities that particular day.

I have to agree that the kids I know that get little to no TV time are glued to tube when they are around it. My 3 nieces, who are not allowed to watch very much TV, were fixated on watching television at my inlaws over the Holidays. The kid across the street is the same way. He comes over to my house to take seek peeks at TV, video games and snacks as if he if starved to death (and no he is not overweight).

Everything is moderation!

Denise

February 17th, 2010
3:47 pm

I watch too much TV as an adult. Actually it is because of DVR that I “can’t” miss any of my shows. I can just record them! I have 10 Oprahs, a few Tyras, some Law and Orders, etc. What I find is that because I have so much access to shows that I like I watch more TV. I never missed it when I happened to get home too late for 90% of the shows that I record now. I say all that to say, if a child (or an adult) has other options on how to spend the time he or she will not miss TV. I think limiting the amount of TV a child watches is a good thing because 1. there is little TV that I would want my child to watch (if I had one) and 2. there are so many other things to do that are “better”. To tell you the truth, I sometimes watch TV to have “company” when the house is too quiet. Seeing as I live alone, more times than not lately TV is all the company I have.

jd

February 17th, 2010
3:57 pm

When it’s warm, we’re outdoors on the boat or cooking out with friends but in this cold windy weather, a good movie fits right in.

1sus

February 17th, 2010
3:59 pm

I’m with Greg . . . I’d like to cut back on the homework!

Julia

February 17th, 2010
4:37 pm

I really do not care what they do behind closed doors.. I

A

February 17th, 2010
4:47 pm

Theresa–downtime does not have to mean TV. It could mean reading a book, playing a board game, doing an art project…something that’s not homework. I think President Obama is setting a wonderful example with his girls. Both he and Michelle seem to be doing a great job raising them, and I’m sure when they get to college they will be just fine.

New Stepmom

February 17th, 2010
4:59 pm

My brother had a friend growing up that was not allowed to watch any TV or have any video games. He went to the beach with us one year for vacation and it was AWFUL. He would not leave the condo unless my mom dragged him because he wanted to watch TV. I can totally see Theresa’s point about being in the common room catching up on all the TV you missed.

I love TV and always have. My brother could not name a single show on TV outside of “This Old House” right now and probably never saw an entire episode of Sesame Street as a child. My parents saw the difference in our personalities and never set hard limits on TV except for now allowing me to watch anything inappropriate. That being said, I always made good grades, was very involved in all areas of school and church and had lots of friends. I just liked TV. My brother was the same way and never watched TV and still does not.

I think in moderation and depending on the kid…let them watch. I used to watch Charlie’s Angels re-runs then run around with my friends playing Charlie’s Angels in the woods with no one supervising. If more kids were allowed to do this today we may not have the over parented basket cases we have today in a lot of cases….

M1chelle

February 17th, 2010
5:28 pm

Wow that’s rough Theresa. Are you really that offended? My kids are not allowed to watch TV during the week either when school is in session. They are allowed to watch Fri, Sat, and on Sun til 6. This was my husband’s idea and I thought it was too strict because I really enjoy watching TV, but it really makes a difference in our house. My kids also come home and do homework first too. They get 30 minutes or so for snack and they usually talk about their day or some other topics…Yes, we talk to each other. We don’t have to be glued to a TV to wind down. Because this is what they are used to, my children don’t feel deprived. There are some good shows on TV,a but for the most part, I don’t feel they are missing too much. I would think that people would applaud parents who encourage their kids to be active and watch less tv. Who says that weekend tv time is not “in moderation”?
For some, if it comes from someone you disagree with politically, there is nothing that they could say that you would agree with. That’s probably why there is so much dissention in Congress.
Truth Test: If you dislike Obama politically and disagree with his “no tv” rule, imagine these statements came from someone you do agree with politically and see if you still feel the same.

JATL

February 17th, 2010
5:51 pm

I think it really depends on the kid. Some kids can handle one or two hours of tv a day and still do great in school and perform in extracurricular activities. Others seem unduly influenced by it and don’t get their homework done, etc. I’m fine with an hour before and some after homework if it’s age appropriate and not bedtime. I honestly think it would help so many more children if they were made to go to bed before 9-11 depending on age. They also do NOT need tvs in their rooms -at any age!

motherjanegoose

February 17th, 2010
5:54 pm

This is not going to win me the popularity contest but ( to me) kids who watch a lot of TV live in a house with lazy parents,

Oh, I know parents are pooped when they get home from work!
It is much easier to send them off to each of their rooms and let them veg out( to be out of your hair), than it is to engage them in conversation or show them how to help you cook dinner…even read a book or GASP have a conversation. Some families cannot eat dinner with TV.

My husband grew up in a house that was 24/7 TV. It is still that way. I CANNOT stand it.
He was a terrible student and punished frequently for it….as in whippings. He also has ADD.

This is interesting:
http://addadhd.suite101.com/article.cfm/television_viewing_and_add

As I have mentioned before, I could readily give up TV.

My kids did enjoy TV when they were small;
MISTER ROGERS, SESAME STREET, DARKWING DUCK, BUCKY O HARE, WISHBONE AND COMFY COUCH, Of course, they had their favorite movies too. They are now on their own as to what they watch.

One of my neighbors is VERY strict on anything electronic and limited her kids to 60-90 minutes of ANYTHING per day…computer, TV IPOD etc. Her kids are QUITE INTELLIGENT and a joy to be around.

If this is true, it is one of the few things I will shout out: THE OBAMAS ARE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT!

motherjanegoose

February 17th, 2010
5:56 pm

@ JATL, my kids both have had TVs in their rooms ( since high school) and I know studies are against it. They are still both good students…most of the time!

I have never had a TV in the master bedroom. Not my style.

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 17th, 2010
6:09 pm

Once my kid got to the point he could wake up an surprise us in the living room at any given time, the wife and I HAD to get a TV in the bedroom…..it just made watching skin-e-max together too distracting wondering if he could pop his head around a corner at any moment!!!!!

@MJG…I don’t disagree with your premise…I think the question lies in your definition of “a lot”.

I would completely disagree with your neighbors banishment of and IPOD if the kids are just listening to music on it. We have our TV on usually at night on one of those cable provide channels that just plays a constant loop of music (not music videos, just music). I think we’ve conditioned him to enjoy Dave Matthews and Pearl Jam over Barney and the Wiggles, and I don’t regret that for a second! An IPOD filled with his favorite music is his request from his grandmother for his 6th birthday….I don’t see anything wrong with that.

Tiger needs me on his PR team

February 17th, 2010
6:22 pm

On a completely unrelated topic (Lakerat, where are you, you’re going to love this), Tiger has announced that he will be giving his first public statement since it all hit the fan. Hopefully he has listened to my advice for him in the past!

RJ

February 17th, 2010
6:47 pm

“How would you as an adult feel if you walked in a from an eight-hour work day and someone made you sit down and immediately work another hour.” That’s funny! I do it every day. It’s called cooking dinner. Afterwards, I help with homework, pick up around the house, maybe wash a load of clothes, exercise and finally, finally I get to jump in the tub and have some “me” time for about an hour.

I allow my son to watch his favorite show when he gets home IF he doesn’t have practice for basketball, soccer, baseball, etc. On those nights, he must do his homework first. He also has to walk HIS dog that he begged for. He complains that he doesn’t have enough time to watch TV. Video games are off limits during the week. My daughter is different. She doesn’t care for the TV, she just wants to get on Facebook or some other social site. She’s limited to computer time outside of school work. That’s a tough one because she has to listen to online lectures every night and take notes, do homework, etc. I think what the Obama’s are doing is great if it works for them. I’m not much of a TV person. I would prefer to read a good book than see some of the mindless shows on.

motherjanegoose

February 17th, 2010
7:02 pm

@ tiger, you know, it has been several years since she told me this so it really may not have been an IPOD maybe video games….that would make more sense wouldn’t it? Again, her kids are really great kids!

I am thinking 60-90 minutes total viewing per day ( school day) is fine but some kids watch HOURS of it. Maybe 2-3 hours split up on a weekend day?

Some Dads around here watch way too much TV too….LOL.. My husband will announce the titles of the shows he plans to watch and we just want to scratch our heads and laugh….we do not care. I will watch NCIS, Numbers, Criminal Minds and sometimes House with him…he can have the rest. Some days he will watch 8 hours of TV…when I am out of town. I could not do it. He can sit in his recliner the entire day except to get some coffee of use the restroom.

On the flip side, he HATES museums or anything cultural like concerts with classical music or plays. His family never got into it. Oh yeah, you had to have a plan for that….not happening, Nothing historical either. So, I have to provide the balance for the kids.

This is why I think TV is so easy….you just flip it on and walk away….nothing for the parent to DO.
Playing a sport outside or even a board game makes you get involved.

TechMom

February 17th, 2010
8:24 pm

I lived in a house where the TV was on all the time but I have never been a big TV watcher. My parents and my brother still watch a ton of TV & go to the movies all the time. I guess my addiction is the computer/internet so maybe I’m not any better. When my son was 4 we bought him a tv but put it in the guest room. It was out of convenience so that if we were watching a movie and he wanted to watch a kid movie or cartoon, he could watch it in another room. For the most part, the boy is so active though that we don’t have to restrict his tv time too often. We’re far too busy during the week for anything other than the occasional 45 mins it takes us to watch a show on the DVR after all the ‘work’ is done. On the weekends when we aren’t at ball games or wrestling matches, the boy usually watches shows he recorded during the week (like “Mythbusters” or “Howe & Howe Tech” which we all enjoy). But he almost always turns the TV off within an hour or so because he’s just too active to sit there any longer.

I think for some parents, no TV during the week is a good rule. I think for some it’s not necessary (like us) and others will never embrace it. I did not vote for Obama but I do agree with what he says because I believe he is talking to the parents out there who don’t know how to instill moderation in their kids because they’re too busy or too lazy. Anyone with half a brain knows that he’s not talking to the responsible parents who are there when their kids get home, are involved in their daily homework and teach them at home and don’t just depend on the schools to parent their kids. Is he stepping on some peoples’ toes in the process? Sure. But last I check most people don’t question (and consequently alter) the way they do things until someone offends them for doing it.

Irami Osei-Frimpong

February 17th, 2010
8:39 pm

This smells funny. Why do I remember a threatening joke President Obama’s daughter made about not buying an ad on Nickelodeon during the election, when Obama bought out the networks for his infomercial. That infomercial aired during the weeknight in the beginning of the school year, if I recall correctly.

Maybe it’s a new rule, but I think Obama may have a selective memory about his parenting habits prior to his election.

lwa

February 17th, 2010
11:07 pm

We don’t have a t.v. on the 1st floor so the kids don’t watch it during the week. Once we get home it is time to do homework, chores, eat dinner and go to bed. Not a lot of time for tv watching and they really don’t miss it.

catlady

February 18th, 2010
6:55 am

I guess I am farther off the charts than most. When they were small they got a half hour each per week (Sat morn) which they could combine with each other to get a longer block. And for 4 years (late elementary-middle) no TV in the house at all. Worked well, except there were some things that most kids knew that mine had no idea about (We thought Home Improvement was about repairing your house).

We did lots of family and individual pursuits instead.

A

February 18th, 2010
7:17 am

@catlady, there are lots of things my son doesn’t know about like Pokemon, Bakugan, Ben 10 and all the usual things elementary-age boys seem to enjoy because he doesn’t see those things on TV or anywhere else. And we’re fine with that. There’s plenty of time for super heroes and whatever; right now we want to start off with him knowing TV is a luxury and when he watches it should be something that will actually enrich him or make him laugh without us as parents having to worry about the content or message of the program.

JJ

February 18th, 2010
9:07 am

Well MJG – put me down as a lazy parent. My tv is on ALL the time. My daughter grew up in front of a tv, as I did. Growing up we had 4 tvs in the house. One in the den, one in the kitchen, one in my parent’s bedroom and one in the basement. I currently own 4 tvs. I remember watching the news during dinner growin up. Also, Wild Kingdom was always on when we ate on Sundays.

I grew up doing my homework on the floor in front of the tv. My daughter is the same way. She actually sleeps with the tv on.

So I guess we are both lazy.

Forget the fact that I walk my dogs at least 2 miles A DAY. That I work outside in my yard as often as possible. Forget the fact that my house is clean, that there is plenty of food in the fridge, and I spent a lot of time with my child when she was home. Just lazy I guess……

abc

February 18th, 2010
9:21 am

Who cares what Obama does with his daughters?

As far as TV goes, people would benefit from turning it off altogether, and leaving it off. TV is a major contributor to the spreading retardation of America. It’s gotten worse the past 10 years.

abc

February 18th, 2010
9:25 am

And, Tiger Woods is a major jerk. Golf will continue to grow to hate him; his endorsements will all go away; his star is fading to black. No pun intended.

5!!!

February 18th, 2010
9:45 am

Well, obviously there are parents who let television raise their children and the President is trying to set an example. So I applaud him for the effort.

As for my child, I am just not that regemented to set times when he can and can’t watch television or whatever else. And we don’t have many channels anyway, so he doesn’t watch much. However, he does like video games and if I notice that he has been playing to long I turn it off and tell him to write a story, read a book, or go play outside. There are no set rules.

Usually, I can just talk to him about stuff like that and he makes good decisions.

Getta Burk

February 18th, 2010
9:51 am

how about minding your own business. raise your own children. and I mean raise them. maybe parents should take a few pointers from successful parents if they can’t hack the job themselves. otherwise, do your job as parents. I fairly tired of having to do it and pay via taxes for raising children via govt and charitable organizations when the parents just don’t do it.

M1chelle

February 18th, 2010
9:56 am

@abc You sound very hateful. If you don’t care, then why comment? DUH!
I doubt that the sport of golf will “continue to grow to hate him” because like it or not, Tiger brought the kind of publicity to golf that it had never seen prior. There are some people in this world who believe in forgiveness. Of course you probably don’t need it because you must not have ever done anything embarrassing or hurtful to others. I believe with time, this drama won’t be as spectacular and people will recall what he is famous for – being a great golfer!! Let his wife and family work out their issues. They are the ones who matter in this whole fiasco.
Why do people (maybe not you abc) idolize humans and put them high on a pedestal and then turn on them when they fall?

Becky

February 18th, 2010
10:00 am

I really don’t care how much tv the Obama girls watch..If this works for them, great..Growing up, we didn’t watch a lot of tv, because we were always outside..My two little ones tend to watch more tv during the winter time..We have 3 tv and dvd players in the car, but I still don’t watch a lot of tv..Mostly Jeopardy and HGTV at night while in bed.

@JJ..I have a brother that watches a lot of tv and he isn’t lazy nor dumb..He tested way above normal on an IQ test..He plays golf pretty much every day and actually travels to play..

abc

February 18th, 2010
10:09 am

M1chelle, just check out the stories published today about Tiger’s press conference scheduled for tomorrow. Golfers resent that he’s even doing it on a Friday instead of a Monday, such that it detracts publicity from Golf events over the weekend. You think golf misses Tiger Woods because he’s a great golfer? Not. Football wouldn’t miss TO, either.

As far as my comments go, if you object to them, feel free to not read them.

M1chelle

February 18th, 2010
10:25 am

@abc, I think the TO and Tiger comparison is apples and oranges. TO is not as great of a receiver as Tiger is a golfer. I would think football (or the Colts) would miss someone like Payton Manning. I don’t think it was smart of Tiger to do a press confrence during a golf tournament and take away any shine from that tournament. I didn’t even know that tournament was going on…So actually, because golf is in the news, maybe people will tune in – even if it’s to spite Tiger. I’m sure his timing had something to do with Accenture dropping him. Isn’t the tournament sponsored by Accenture?

Also, I won’t know if I object to your comments if I don’t read them first. :-) But it’s a free world and freedom of speech is an awesome privilege so if you want to say that you don’t care, then that’s your right. My apologies.

abc

February 18th, 2010
10:36 am

Peyton Manning isn’t a jerk like those other guys, either. If football ever misses him, it will be because of his personality, not his playing ability. People maintain celebrity not on the merits of their abilities, but because the public admires or is entertained by their character and personality. The likes of TO and Tiger, jerks and fakes, bomb on the celebrity scale. Tiger attracts attention lately only due to scandal and sensationalism; that will subside, to be replaced by disinterest. He’ll be the richest loser in the news, no matter how many more tournaments he wins.

Cammi317

February 18th, 2010
11:30 am

My daughter gets an hour of “downtime” when she gets home. During that time she fixes herself a snack and watches Netflix. After that she does homework, eats dinner and prepares for the next day. I dropped cable long ago and there is not too much that she is interested in on network television. However if everything is done early because of a light homework night, I will sometimes let her pop in a DVD until bedtime.

DB

February 18th, 2010
11:47 am

@5!!!: Why do President Obama have to “set a good example” with the way he and Mrs. Obama parents their children/

I look to the President of the United States to lead and represent our country, not play Dr. Spock (or whatever the current fad is now.) I don’t expect him to be an expert parent — that’s not what he was elected to do.

We make a mistake when we expect ANY celebrity — i.e., Obama, Tiger Wood, etc. — to do anything other than what we pay them to do: run a country, hit a golf ball. Assuming that strengths in one area make them superhuman in all areas is just bizarre.

DB

February 18th, 2010
11:50 am

(Wow, lots of mistakes in that first paragraph! Sorry, an all-nighter is definitely making itself felt!) It should be: Why does President Obama have to “set a good example” with the way he and Mrs. Obama parent their children?

Cammi317

February 18th, 2010
11:50 am

I on the other hand watch entirely too much. I rarely ever watch live tv, but after my daughter is down for the night I am glued to old shows on Netflix or whatever I missed that I can catch online on the networks or Hulu. I am big legal/mystery/detective show fan, so some nights I will watch episode after episode of reruns of shows like NCIS, Law & Order, Ironside, Qunicy M.E., etc. Anyone have any insomnia tricks?