Our family isn't BIG into television or movies. During the day, we prefer to craft, bake, hike, sing, dance, wander, and talk.
That said, we recently had our very first "family movie night" - and it was a success. We watched "Ramona & Beezus" to celebrate [almost] finishing the series of 8 books. The film was sweet and comical and squeaky clean. Afterward, we ate mini ice cream cones and talked about the differences between the books and the movie. Fun.
With our first baby, we pretty much never let her watch any TV until age 2. I even turned her head when we went to a friend's house and a TV was on in the house.
We're much more relaxed with our youngest (who will turn 2 in March). We're not the kind of family who watches TV every day or has it on in the background so she's hardly seen any (like at all). BUT I didn't bat an eyelash when we planned our Family Movie. It was her first full-length movie.
We stick to G-rated movies 'round here for the littles. My 4-year-old and I particularly enjoyed Anne of Green Gables, The Sound of Music, and Disney's Robin Hood this past year (although now she has the unfortunate habit of calling people "bushel britches" in an affectionate way).
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What are you "family rules" regarding television? Do you own one? How much do you watch? What are your favorite shows?
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