Sweet Pea Chef

A foodie mommy shares tips, tricks and stories from her kitchen as she seeks out more healthful and interesting meals.



Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Might I suggest DVR? We use that, so don't have to follow a schedule, per se. The only problem being, we end up scheduling more shows to tape and sometimes I get a back log. The kids watch a cartoon in the morning while I finish getting ready. Then we usually let them watch a couple of shows after school, while I get supper around. Every once in a while they'll watch a cartoon before bed, if it's been a particularly chaotic day and we all just need to veg. Their screen time might be an hour, hour and a half a day. They're not really into internet much yet and we don't play video games, so t.v. is about all the screen time they get right now.
I usually end my day with an hour or two of t.v. When I should be tidying my house. I like to sit, relax, and watch a show. I go for American Idol, Grey's Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, and a few others. I like the show Top Chef, when it's on. I also really like House Hunters on HGTV and watch that a couple times a week.
We don't watch as much t.v. in the summer either, but do catch movies here and there. Especially when it's so hot out that we just want to hide indoors.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I've been trying to convince Scott for some time that we need a DVR, but we haven't taken that step yet. Our problem is that we do so much "couch-time" work in the evenings--we tend to sit, side-by-side on the couches with our laptops working, writing, grading...it helps to have a good show to follow to ease the process!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I should add, too, that both kids use the computer quite a bit. L. uses it more that T., but she has recently discovered pbskids.org and funbrain and now can move the mouse around as good as we can!

beck's picture beck

My kids go to bed so very, very early that the only show they know that I watch is American Idol - because The Girl sometimes gets to stay up and watch the first couple of singers.
"My mom doesn't watch tv," I heard my son say confidentally to a friend the other day. And OH IT IS UNTRUE, but I also have the smug feeling of both having my virtuous cake and also eating it. I don't think this pleasant state will last long, though.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

T. is completely oblivious to the fact that we watch anything, because she's usually out like a light at 7:30. But L., our insomniac knows WAY too much about our TV viewing habits.