Welcome to "Hey, Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature in which we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area.
It can be tough to get kids back in the rhythm of homework after a holiday break—especially with the entrancing glow of the TV luring them in. While some TV can be educational (and let's face it: fun), many parents worry that too much will turn their kids into lemming zombies. So parents, tell us:
How much TV is too much for a kid to watch?
Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.
Wendy Johnson Filip: We didn't set specific time limits on TV for our daughter when she was young - but she had to complete her homework prior to watching TV or using her laptop. These days - I'd guess more kids are texting on their phones or on Facebook.... versus being glued to the TV! — Woodridge Patch Facebook
Kaarina Lebrun: ... We limit it to 90 minutes of total screen time per day. It can be a mix of TV, iPad, computer or any electronic (screen) device. I think we're overly generous with our children's screen time. Our 2 children are 5 — Hinsdale Patch Facebook
Margie Zolkiewski Donnell: ... No electronics during the school week until Friday after school. Includes tv, ipads, I phones, xbox and the like. My 9 yr old son and 12 yr old daughter are used to this rule. Been in place for two years now. — Hinsdale Patch Facebook
Dottie Kolodziejczak Beres: 1 hour a day is way too much. 30 minutes should be good. Unless you are on vacation. — Hinsdale Patch Facebook