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Capturing The Moment – Tips for Family Portraits September 29, 2008

Most writers are content to sit quietly–alone–writing, researching, reading and pondering turns of phrases for their latest story. Increasingly, in our online-driven media world, requests for a writer headshot accompanies a writing assignment. Taking a cue from newspaper editors, online editors want to place a recognizable face with a column or article. (A photo is worth a thousand words, after all.) Thanks to avatars on social bookmarking networks and sites like MySpace.com, the web has made us increasingly more intimate; we want and expect to see who’s saying what.

I’m Ready For My Close-up, Mr. Bisson. With the help of Laguna Beach photographer Tony Bisson, I smiled for my headshot this weekend. Thank goodness for Tony’s 19 years of experience; for me, it was just a little bit painful. Why? In some ways it was like playing back my voicemail recording, only visual. I cringed at (imagined) inflections and flaws. I think it was the exercise of exploring whether one photo can capture my self-image—Not the way I actually look, but who I really am, and what I hope to become. I’m pleased with the images Tony shot, and they are a good representation of my appearance. Are they me? My overall “wholesomeness” surprised me. My sassy “inner badgirl” is nowhere to be found, but that only opens a more philosophical question of whether in fact my inner badgirl may be, in reality, hybernating during this season of my life as a new mommy. To be completely honest, my favorite pictures are ones of our little family of four, each with a natural smile borne of our enjoyment of being together.

Tony Bisson is well-known in the Laguna Beach area for capturing striking portraits outdoors, particularly at the beach. “I bring lighting and I have a lot of experience shooting in nature,” says Bisson. While he creates impressive, tasteful and beautifully artistic wedding shots, I was very taken with his family portraiture. His website, www.bissonphotography.com showcases his photo sessions with a variety of families. Tony is able to capture moments of joy, togetherness and familial ties in well-composed images that create warm and attractive art pieces for decorating the home.

He is also kind enough to his tips for creating cherished family photos:

  • Don’t put them off. “Most people get their photos taken every 3 years,” says Bisson, “sometimes more often when they’re young.” But when the children enter their teens, Bisson cautions, “parents stop getting photos done, causing a huge gap in the family’s history from when the children are around 11 years old until they graduate highschool.” (This might be a result of failed attempts at coercing tweens and teens to stop rolling their eyes long enough to smile for the camera.)
  • Make it an annual tradition. “Ideally you want to do one family group picture every year,” advises Bisson. Of course, newest family members deserve the most paparazzi. “During baby’s first year, have them photographed at least three times,” he says, “as a newborn, at 6 months (or when they sit up, and then again when they crawl) and at Baby’s first birthday. “It is important to document that because they change so rapidly in the first year,” he adds.
  • Prepare. “These are family history but you also want to hang them on your wall,” says Bisson. “A good place to start when preparing for your portrait is visualize where it is going to be displayed in your home. Look at the room, its colors and decor and coordinate your outfits to best match the space. You can even bring the clothes into that room and see if they work with the surroundings.”

Dressing For Your Portrait

While respecting the individual tastes of each family member, portraits look best when the people in them have a simplified and harmonious look. As Bisson puts it, “look coordinated, but not like you’re in team uniform. Wear colors that look good together and represent who you are.” It is best to have an overall theme and coordinate in such a way so that the viewer will not be distracted by what a particular person is wearing.

  • Solid colors look best. Avoid Busy patterns, bright colors, and above all, logos and words.
  • Light colors look good on the beach, such as white or ecru.
  • Choose colors that look good with your skin color.
  • Trendy clothes may look dated in a season, but your portrait will hang in your home for many years. Keep this in mind when choosing what to wear.

For more information on preparing for your family photo session, and to see more samples of Tony’s work, click here.

What Makes A Good Photo?

From Tony Bisson’s perspective, expression and motion are what separate truly great photos. “In those little split seconds when people have real expression and real emotion, there is a sparkle in the eye,” he explains. “As a photographer, I am always looking for those moments, even if it may appear as though I’m setting up a staged scenario, like ‘walk down the beach towards me,’ or ‘let’s put you in a group here with the sunset behind you.’ But, in my mind I’m looking for that little spark. I may say something or do something in my body language to encourage that to come out—and when it happens I’m ready to capture it.”

Making Family Photos Last For Generations

Most families take hundreds (thousands!) of digital photos of the family, and most people are very good about archiving those treasured photos. “It’s great, I think,” says Bisson. “Kids today will have a lot more photos of them then I did growing up.” With photography, however, people have this sense that their digital archives will always be there and always be readable. “But I would have a hard time playing an 8-track tape and how would I read a 3.5-inch floppy now?” muses Bisson. “People need to be very careful about how they archive their digital images. The photos that will last through this generation and future generations are going to be printed on paper or canvas, or framed or in an album. Those are the pictures that are going to make it,” he says.

Tony showed me Polaroids his mother took when he was young, which have held up remarkably well. “I’m 43 years old and those photos haven’t faded at all. I was fortunate that my parents didn’t choose to shoot with negatives, which eventually turn orange. Just Polaroids, one at a time, little jewels. Digital archives are not to be trusted over time.”

With the holiday season around the corner, now is the time to begin planning your family photo.

Tony Bisson
2307 Laguna Canyon Road #5
Laguna Beach, Calif. 92651
949-376-7053
http://www.bissonphotography.com/

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Nebraska Teens Abandoned Under Safe Haven Law September 26, 2008

I never intended to write a “political” blog, and I believe I am tolerant of others’ choices. Our individual perspectives and rights must be respected, and while there are some unusual laws in this country, most were arrived at after careful consideration and debate.

Yet, I am absolutely confounded and saddened by Nebraska’s recent change in law, which allows parents to relinquish their children ages 0-19 at area hospitals. I wrote about it here,  publishing it with bittersweet feelings. I am so thankful to be a mother, and while I haven’t yet faced my boys’ teen-age years, I believe that it is my role as a parent to love, protect and stand by my children, providing them a safe home until they are old enough to be on their own. It’s a no-brainer, really.

I understand that Nebraska’s Safe Haven law was intended to protect children in abusive situations, but the law actually allows the abusing parents to drop off the kids without question. Isn’t that the same as saying it is OK to abuse and it is OK to abandon—and there is no consequence? Where is the justice?

The child, on the other hand, is given the huge burden of rejection and abandonment, and is then shuttled from one foster care environment to another until his or her 18th birthday, and all the while the child knows where he or she once had a bedroom with all their personal belongings, they know where and even how to contact mom or dad (but are now not allowed to)—this type of rejection seems insurmountable, but by the grace of God and a whole lot of therapy. It answers every human’s fear of being “unworthy”, or “unlovable”, when it really it was the parents who had the short-comings, and should have sought (or be made to seek) help to become better at parenting, not just give up.

Since Nebraska’s Safe Haven law came into effect at the end of August 2008, eleven children ranging in age from 1 to 17 were left at hospitals by their caregivers without fear of prosecution. You can read the entire story here.

Nine of the children came from one family, left by their father, who was not identified. Unrelated boys ages 11 and 15 also were surrendered Wednesday at Immanuel Medical Center. The abandoned siblings were in no danger and it wasn’t clear why their father gave them up.

In fact, none of the cases involved abuse. Todd Landry, director of Health and Human Services’ division of Children and Family Services, said that in nearly every case, the parents who left their children “felt overwhelmed” and had decided they didn’t want to be parents anymore. “None of the kids dropped off so far have been in danger,” he said.

“It was the parents not wanting to continue the journey with their kids,” Landry remarked.

State Sen. Arnie Stuthman said he introduced the bill intending to protect infants. In a compromise with senators worried about arbitrary age limits, the measure was expanded. “Abandoning teenagers was not the original intent of the law,” Stuthman said. “People are leaving them off just because they can’t control them,” he said. “They’re probably in no real danger, so it’s an easy way out for the caretaker.”

Youngsters abandoned under the Safe Haven law are generally placed in protective custody while the courts decide where the child should live. Under previous law, a parent who abandoned a baby could have been charged with child neglect or abandonment, both misdemeanors, or child abuse, a felony.

Aside from renting a bus and driving to Nebraska to collect those kids and bring them home with me (can you hear my husband gasp?) I ask you to join me in sending a prayer for their well-being, safety, and a resilient belief in their own self-worth. For all parents, I pray we find courage, perseverance, and forgiveness. The adolescent storm does blow over, and children do eventually grow into responsible adults (sometimes in spite of us.) Hopefully, we as parents act responsibly. I don’t even want to imagine the life I would have lead if my parents had thrown in the towel and allowed a government agency to take over for them.

There are, however, government agencies who can help with parenting issues, joblessness, and welfare. Help is out there. What are your thoughts? How do Nebraskans feel about this?

 

Q and A with Rebecca: Managing Diaper Rash September 24, 2008

Got a parenting dilemma? Need more information about something you’ve read on my blog? Just ask!

Reader Question: My daughter is two-and-a-half and suffers from very bad allergies to anything with milk in it. If she even has one Goldfish cracker she steals from someone else, she breaks out in her diaper area. It becomes blistered and red like a sunburn!

Rebecca: How painful! I’m so sorry to hear about your daughter’s uncomfortable allergy. One of the first things you can do to relieve your daughter’s irritations is get her out of diapers and into underwear. When delicate skin is irritated, the most important thing you can do is keep it clean and dry. The average age most children are potty-trained in the US is 2.75 years, so you are right on target. Begin by allowing your daughter to run about the house “bare-bottom” while you train–this will help her to get to the potty on time while she is learning—and allow her bottom to heal.  

Reader: I’ve been trying to potty-train her because my ped said it will help her sensitive skin once she is out of diapers.

Rebecca: When my son Joseph was a baby, he suddenly developed a horrible diaper rash. His bottom blistered and cracked, and he was in a lot of pain. We were on vacation, and the diaper ointment I was using did very little to help him. A mother overheard me trying to console him and recommended a natural, low-cost and highly-effective treatment which can be found at the grocery store: cornstarch! (—the kind in the yellow box, or use organic, like I do.)  Just sprinkle it generously on your baby’s clean and dry bottom after every change. It will clear up a rash that day!

Reader: Actually, she doesn’t get the rashes unless she accidentally eats something containing milk [thank goodness] but that is a very helpful hint and I might pick some up just in case. You know what else I have found that works? Egg whites. I know, that sounds crazy but it really, really does work [and quick!]

Rebecca: The egg white thing has been used successfully by thousands of moms around the world, but it isn’t risk-free. Please allow me to share my concerns: Babies under one are highly susceptible to allergic reactions, and while your daughter is over two years, readers are cautioned not to try this with younger babies. Secondly, I’m concerned about the possibility of salmonella developing in the warm, moist regions of the diaper area. The close proximity of the urinary tract in females increases the risk of infection from the egg whites, and/or infection from soiled diapers.  Urinary tract infections are extremely painful, frustrating to treat (nothing can be done to ease your baby’s pain), and can be avoided by using cornstarch and potty training as soon as possible. Please let me know how things go and if this advice helped. My heart goes out to you and your little one!

Hit ”Comments” with your health or parenting question(s), and I’ll do my best to respond within 24 hours. Your privacy is respected; I will not publish real names without permission.

 

#10 Fun Things to Do With Your Family This Weekend September 19, 2008

Photo Flipbook

Remember doodling little “movies” in the outer margin of your schoolbook? Try using your own photos to create this classic hybrid between book and movie. The creative people at CRAFT magazine supplied all the instructions. Click here for details!

  • What I love about this project is that all members of the family can play a role: little ones can pose, preschoolers can help select and organize the images, and older kids or moms and dads can use software and handle the scissors.
  • Imagine what a cute Christmas gift this would make for Grandparents and other relatives! Or, a sweet and personalized birthday gift featuring your child’s BFFs.
  • Try acting out a short play or favorite story. Create a short message on cards, or do a timeline of the year’s activities. Watch your children grow before your eyes!

Carrot Pudding

This rich carrot dessert (oh yes, it’s even richer and more decadent than carrot cake!) is a surprise hit with kids—yet also makes an elegant last course for guests. Part historical culinary wonder, part “health food,” Carrot Pudding (better known as Gajur Halvah) is popular throughout Northern India and Pakistan. Made with honey, raisins, milk–and carrots, of course!–I propose a batch goes to school with young students presenting a Geography project on the Middle East. Click here for the full recipe.
(Visit my other blog, UnassumingFoodie.com for more great kid-friendly recipes!)

Future Environmentalists Club

By raising our children with a strong sense of respect and reverence for Earth, we help ensure that there will be adults to step into ecological leadership positions.”–Helen Coronato, author of  Eco-Friendly Families, 

Reuse extra photos from the Photo Flipbook project!

  • Glue your precious photos or artwork to make cute fridge magnets. Simply reuse the little magnets attached to all those business card and advertising magnets that come in the mail from realtors, pizza restaurants, etc. 
  • Revive “snail mail” by sending photo postcards. Simply use a permanant marker to write on the backs of leftover photos. Add an address and appropriate postage, and voila! a custom postcard!
  • Cut up old birthday and greeting cards and used gift-wrap to make a scrapbook album of your best and your oldest photos with narrative and notes and dates.
  • Plan your narrative with your grandchildren and their children in mind. One day they will want to know about you, your parents and your grandparents. Give them an idea about the kind of person you are, the things you like to do, and what your life is like. Make history today!

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Appearing on The Doctors on CBS! September 17, 2008

Tune in to The Doctors, a brand new show on CBS, on Thursday, October 2 to see me “in person” as I discuss infant potty training with the amazing Dr. Jim Sears and Dr. Travis Stork. Covering a broad range of subjects, especially news-breaking, topical issues, the show features on-set medical procedures, either directly in front of the studio audience or in its backstage examining room, and off-site “house calls,” The Doctors features down-to-earth discussions of emotional and psychological issues and real-life experiences of the show’s guests. It’s very fast-paced, informative and entertaining.

I’ll admit I was very nervous about going onstage in front of a live audience. Inside, I was shaking like a leaf, but I had every reason to remain happy, calm and share our story of early potty training with all the confidence and love our experience has gifted us; I was, after all, talking about the people in my life who I love the most. I also had the good fortune of spending time before the shoot with the makers of the Baby Signs Potty Training Kit, Dr. Linda Acredolo and Dr. Susan Goodwyn. These warm, fascinating women were an absolute treat to meet, and both my husband—on hand lending his love and support—and I were so impressed with them both. I also must mention the encouragement, professionalism and humor of producer Lauree Dash, who helped me to put aside my nervousness and speak from my heart as a mother.   

As a writer of family health and parenting issues, I count on certain heroes—the “go-to” people in children’s health who can be trusted, and who share information for parents in an easy-to-understand format that is up-to-date, applicable and useful. So, you might imagine how thrilled I was to meet Dr. Jim Sears, a pediatrician who travels the country speaking about the importance of good family nutrition and the vital role that nutrition plays in a variety of medical and behavioral problems. A passionate writer, Dr Jim has had articles appear in Parenting and BabyTalk magazine, and Parenting.com‘s “Ask the Experts,” is an active contributor to the content of AskDrSears.com, and is co-author of The Healthiest Kid in the Neighborhood (Little, Brown 2006), Father’s First Steps – Twenty-Five Things Every New Father Should Know, (Harvard Common Press 2006). The Premature Baby Book (Little, Brown 2004), The Baby Sleep Book (Little, Brown 2006) and the best selling The Baby Book – Revised Edition (Little, Brown 2003). Dr. Jim has also been featured on Dr. Phil and the PBS parenting series, “Help Me Grow.”

Click here to see my clip!

 

September is National Baby Safety Month September 16, 2008

Having a baby in the house changes everything. Lurking next to those seemingly innocuous blinds on the windows are cords which can strangle with little plastic pulls which can choke. The ongoing battle with your mate to keep the toilet seat down is now a life-or-death matter. It’s a scary world out there…er, in here. 

Following are some safety tips from www.usa.safekids.org that can help prevent child injuries inside the home. They are the bare minimum. Read on for a detailed approach to home safety.

  • Install hardware-mounted safety gates at the top and bottom of stairways with two or more steps. Pressure-mounted models may not be strong enough.
  • Keep toilet lids closed and locked, and doors to bathrooms and utility rooms closed, when not in use. Put razors, curling irons and hair dryers out of reach.
  • Lock up potential poisons out of children’s reach. This includes alcoholic beverages, household cleaning formulas, laundry supplies, medications (including nonprescription varieties like vitamins, children’s Tylenol or Advil), paint, kerosene, gasoline, charcoal, lighter fluid, bug spray, pesticides, and fertilizers.
  • Cover every electrical outlet in your home with a child-resistant outlet cover (the plastic plugs are easy to pry out).
  • Keep furniture away from windows. Install guards or stops on windows that are not emergency exits.

For Newborns and Infants (under three months)

Premobile little ones need special precautions, predominantly in the areas where baby will be sleeping (list compiled by Wayne Parker.)

Crib Safety. “We used to lose too many babies to accidents in cribs or bassinets,” says Parker, “so the standards are now pretty clear. New cribs generally meet them, but if you are using an older or second-hand crib, you will need to be extra careful.”

  • Use a crib made since 1992 that meets safety standards set by the American Society for Testing and Material (ASTM).
  • Be sure the crib mattress fits snugly. You should be able to slide only one finger between the mattress and the side rails and headboard. If it is wider than that, get a larger mattress.
  • Don’t use a crib that has wide or raised corner posts or decorative cutouts in the headboard since a baby’s head could become trapped there, or loose clothing could get caught and increase the risk of strangling the baby.
  • The slats on the crib should be 2 3/8 inches apart or less; any wider and a baby’s head can get caught between them.
  • Make sure all screws, bolts, and other hardware are securely installed to prevent the crib from collapsing.
  • Never put pillows, extra bedding, electric blankets, heating pads, or stuffed animals in a crib. Babies can easily suffocate, and it can happen quickly.

Changing Tables. A popular item in nurseries, the changing table is very convenient, but can be a risk if not secured.

  • Install and use a safety belt on your infant’s changing table. Babies can get a little rambunctious and can easily slide off the table if they are not strapped in.
  • Place a rug under the changing table and crib, which will offer some cushion in case of a fall.

For Crawlers and Walkers

Once a baby is mobile, making your home safe is almost a daily chore. Here are some important items from  Parenthood.com to watch for:

  • Keep coins, small toys, nail scissors, and balloons (any item that is small enough to fit inside a cardboard toilet paper roll) out of infant’s reach.
  • Remove mobiles and other hanging toys from the crib as soon as your child can reach up and touch them.
  • Shorten drapery and blind cords.
  • Remove the plastic end caps on doorstops, or replace the stops with a one-piece design.
  • Drill breathing holes into any trunk you are using as a toy box in case a child gets trapped inside. (And install safety hinges on toy boxes, or buy one with a removable lid to prevent pinched fingers.)
  • Place houseplants out of children’s reach; know the names of all plants in case a child eats one of them.
  • Keep a bottle of Ipecac and activated charcoal in your home, but use only when instructed by a medical professional.
  • Install ground fault circuit interrupters on outlets near sinks and bathtubs since they stop the electrical current when an appliance gets wet.
  • Place screened barriers around fireplaces, radiators, and portable space heaters.
  • Pad the edges of coffee tables and brick or tile fireplaces.
  • Remove the crib bumper pad as soon as your infant can get up on all fours since baby may use it as a step to climb out.
  • Position audio/video equipment so children cannot pull televisions or stereos off furniture.
  • Keep appliance cords wrapped short so children cannot pull coffee makers, toasters, and other appliances.
  • Secure bookshelves, entertainment centers, and bureaus to walls since they can topple onto children who use furniture to pull up and stand.
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Is TV Harmful for Babies and Toddlers? September 15, 2008

How much TV does your baby watch? For most moms, we instantly shave off the numbers, the way we might fudge on our exact weight when asked at the DMV.

France recently banned its broadcasters from airing TV shows aimed at children under three years of age in an effort to protect the very young from what it described as “the harmful effects of television.” Read the entire story here.  

The ruling followed a public debate in France over channels such as BabyFirstTV and Baby TV, which broadcast programming aimed at the under-three set 24 hours a day. Some “harmful effects” noted included “encouraging passivity”, “slow language acquisition”, “over-excitedness”, “troubles with sleep and concentration”, as well as “dependence on screens”.

For my entire adult life, I’ve either lived TV-free, or had a hand-me-down set that was merely plugged into the wall on which I received whatever the accompanying bunny ears picked up. I prided myself on my lifestyle; rather than watch TV, I was doing yoga, hiking, working or attending class, spending time with friends, or reading a book. 

When I got married, my husband purchased an over-sized flat screen. When my son Joseph was born, we introduced Baby Einstein videos, and his love affair with TV was soon established. Today, we live luxuriously with all the amenities basic cable affords us, including PBS children’s shows, Nick Jr., and Playhouse Disney. The plain fact is that I don’t know how I would ever get dinner ready if it weren’t for Dora, Diego, Caillou and Elmo. At the risk of ridicule, I’ll admit that TV is now a powerful negotiating tool in our household.

As for the French, I have no idea what “dependence on screens” even means—are they worried that children will no longer be capable of enjoying books or watching a puppet show? (To quote Dean Jones in Herbie The Love Bug, “be serious, will you?”) And as far as I’m concerned, “passivity” and “over-excitedness” contradict each other. How can a child be passive AND over-excited? I’ll stay mum about “troubles with sleep.” We’ve had our share of that issue.

As for “slow language acquisition,” I say ce n’est pas vrai, mes amis. Both my children have accelerated their learning of letters, shapes and numbers with the help of educational programming. When we are reading together or playing with learning toys or even doing flash cards, they both remember what they saw onscreen, and can either repeat the storyline, or bring up a fact they learned and can apply it to the situation. This especially goes for Leapfrog’s Letter Factory movie. At 14 months, my baby Noah was already able to identify all the letters of the alphabet and make all the letter sounds exactly how they make them in the movie. I’m not saying I’m FOR television, but I’ve certainly seen some positive results from watching educational shows. Of course, their viewing is entirely limited to educational programming only. (No, Sponge Bob! Bad Sponge Bob!)

Now that you’re convinced my children have spent their childhood in front of the TV, let me assure you nothing could be further from the truth. I worry as much as the next mom about how much, if any, TV my kids should be watching, and I’m embarrassed when my child can name an animated TV personality from 50 yards. My three-year-old Joseph is particularly well-versed in the Disneyland cast of characters for someone who was only at D-Land once as a baby.

I was talking about this topic with my friend Renee recently. We are both confounded by our sons’ ardent passion for the movie Peter Pan. Here’s where I feel the French may be on to something. Whenever we visit the library, it is Joseph’s singular wish that it be available to take home (It is almost always borrowed.) That movie incites Joseph’s inner “lost boy”; one viewing results in days of leaping aggressively about threatening all in his path with an imaginary sword. Even though we haven’t let him watch “Pet-ah” (he says it with a British accent, imitating the voice talent. Did someone say, “language acquisition”?) for about 3 months now, he still asks for it all the time. He’s even watched excitable movies like The Incredibles, but nothing else has the same effect. In fact, for the last month, Joseph has been carrying around a catalog that came in the mail with pages and pages of Halloween costumes, and you know what’s funny? He wants the Tinkerbell costume! (They have Peter and they have pirates… but he likes Tinkerbell. Or, he wants to dress up as Spiderman, a movie he has never even seen.)

My friend Renee has season passes to Disneyland, and she relents to her two-year-old son’s demands for Peter Pan by letting him go on the themed amusement park ride. “I know, I’m ridiculous,” she accedes, “and now he’s all excited again. But we are going to cut him off from the movie. I suppose it’s going to have to ‘break’ or something.” But to her surprise, her son has already declared he wants to be a princess for Halloween, and he wants to “throw a birthday party for the evil witch” in Sleeping Beauty—a film he is not allowed to watch. “Where do they come up with these thoughts?!” she asks. Sigh, where indeed. I keep reminding myself that, for decades, little boys have been acting out Lord of the Flies as a response to Peter Pan, and parents have applauded them for doing so. It used to be some kind of rite of manhood to act like a wee warrior, and only recently has it become culturally unsavory to do so. Be that as it may, I personally prefer a kinder, gentler preschooler. (And I’m not thrilled with Peter Pan’s depiction of women, either.)

In a chatroom discussion on this topic “Dr. Duck” wrote, “My 3-year-old loves DVDs like Mighty Machines, Big Red Fire Engines, Construction vehicles, and watches them repeatedly. I have no problem with letting him watch them. His vocabulary development is astounding. Lately he has been interested in watching Stranger Safety, 911 for Kids and Bill Nye the Science Guy. I’m amazed. This is a kid who also is lucky enough to have had lots of real-life experiences too. I have a large family in a variety of disciplines so he gets to experience all that they know. He’s a happy little guy I tell ya!”

What your thoughts? Do you let your child watch TV? What kinds and when? Has it been a positive or negative experience?

Read Dr. Linda Acredolo’s opinion on children and TV here!