Well that lasted for a while...Clearly whoever has decided that any TV at all is harmful to a child's developement has not accounted for the damage done by no TV. Every try doing dishes, including the knives, with a 3 year old pulling on your leg? Of course we all have, but have they? I am way more afraid that I'm gonna get pulled on with a steak knife in my hand then that my child might sing the Barney song for a day (and I hate the Barney song, so that's saying a lot!) I would also rather my child watch 20 minutes of TV then never get my fridge cleaned out.
I know some women who use TV as a teaching device. They are unsure of how to help their child learn letters or numbers, so they run the TV in the back ground on a child's channel, or watch with them, and learn the songs and hints from there. I won't say this is the best method, but it is a lot better then not trying at all!.I learned some of my letters from Sesame Street, and I think I turned out just fine. Not everyone has a preschool teacher stored in the basement, so I say get your ideas where you can and use whatever you can to help educate your child.
Now for a little jump, maybe even stretch, when they get older we want them to socialize. Almost every child I know has a favourite television show, or character, and I for one don't want my child to be the only one who doesn't know what they are talking about. This might lead to missing out on games or playing with people, worst case scenerio it might lead to teasing or even bullying. I don't want to be the cause of that.
But all justifiable reasons aside, sometimes I just want to drink a full cup of tea in a little bit of quiet and regroup for the rest of the day. Without TV as a "babysitter" that would never happen.