I was guilty of seriously curtailing my almost 4 year old's TV watching until the last six months or so. (And I came around to it thanks in part to all the Unschooling reading I was doing!) I now pick out movies at the library with my son weekly, and we watch them together, and I can see his enjoyment of the shows, of our time together, and of the interesting new things he's learning.
It's typical, when we get a new video, say, a Magic School bus video (his current favorite), for him to want to watch it three or four times in a row. He usually watches a long block in the morning, then a long block again in the afternoon. By long I mean an hour or more.
It's hard for me to sit and watch that much TV with him, but I have weird feelings about leaving him alone sitting in front of the TV. I don't know where this weird feeling comes from, and certainly his sitting there allows me to get the dishes done, actually finish a load of laundry, pay bills, nurse the baby quietly, etc., but I can't tell if this aversion of mine is intuition or cultural baggage.
Has anyone else experienced this? Have thoughts to share? Thanks!