Television: How much is too much?

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Television: How much is too much?

Lots of experts on childhood, spend tons of time bemoaning the fact of television. You can tell, because they are always on TV, talking about it. It's kind of funny, isn't it? That fact is, what's wrong isn't the fact that kids like TV, the problem is when they don't. The point of childhood is to live life to the fullest. You should play hard. You should try hard. You should fail hard. You should laugh hard, cry hard and fall hard. It's devastating when you see a kid watching TV, something that they are bored with, and saying, "Well, there's nothing else on." They should only be watching TV, if it's something that excites them. Then, that's all right. There is a thing that Psychologists are talking about now called, Nature Deficit Disorder. Where kids, and some adults, are literally suffering trauma from not getting out and experiencing the real world. So, if you think your child is watching too much TV, take the kid outside. Take them to the beach. Take them to a park. Taking them camping would be great, but take them to a backyard. Let them play with a dog or a cat. Let them dig for buried treasure. They'll find it. If they do that, they will be growing and watching some TV, is going to be all right.

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Douglas Green, MFT

Child Therapist

Douglas Green left a successful career as a writer and director of film, stage and television to become a Psychotherapist, specializing in helping children and teenagers live lives they can be proud of.  He has a degree in Drama Therapy, and uses creative active techniques often in his work.  He has extensive experience in working with numerous childhood issues, such as ADHD, autism, Asperger's, depression, anxiety, and recovery from physical, sexual, and emotional Abuse.  He works at two offices, one in Woodland Hills, CA and one in West Los Angeles, CA, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

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