The new rule in our house: 30 minutes of TV time per day. My amendment to the rule, introduced today: 30 minutes of SCREEN time per day. When I got home, the Roses were playing a game on disney.com, so they had blown through most of their screen time. They played a little bit more computer before dinner, and then all screens were OFF.
And, what do you know - Rose #1 and Rose #2 played with these little rubber salamanders that our nanny Cynthia brought for April Fool's Day jokes. They set up a house for them, made a swimming pool, made beds for them out of Kleenex, and had a great time babysitting their toys. I know it is naive to think that every day will be this easy, but it was great. Rose #3 and I looked at pictures of her and her sisters when she was a BRAND new baby and we read stories. It was a much nicer evening than others we have had, and bedtime is (relatively) earlier than usual.
I really notice a behavior difference between the Roses who have to be pried away from the TV to brush their teeth and read a story, and the Roses that play together with toys using their imagination. I prefer the latter any day.