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.
Leticia Torrado: My girls only watched tv for 1 hour during the week and on weekends it was free for all but with their activities sometimes they would turn the tv on and fall asleep. That was then. Now as adults and one of my daughter has a child of her own, she says the tv is her lifesaver. My other daughters work to much and they have no time for tv. —on Oak Lawn Patch Facebook
Beverly Prince Moss: Todays TV? All of it. —on Beverly-Mt. Greenwood Patch Facebook
Shari Cartwright Schmidt: No TV during the school week. One hour (maybe two if it's a movie) per day on the weekend. Just enough to know what the other kids are talking about without making the TV the family babysitter. —on Palos Patch Facebook
Twan Ballard: Depends on the child. My kids get a few hours of disney in a day. They stay active with gymnastics and competition cheer. Grades are awesome so there isn't a limit at our house. —on Frankfort Patch Facebook
Jënni Sïmpsön: My kids can watch Tv as much as the want after all homework is done, and chores. Weekends after all chores are done. Better question is How much Video game time is too much for a child to play per day! Which my answer is same as above, if they are getting mad at the game, it gets taken away for the night. —on Orland Park Patch Facebook
Sophie Yasin: The sprout network is very educational and always on at my house. My 2 year old knows how to count to 10 and knows some letters too. Also, she likes to help around the house and clean up and put away her toys by herself. All thanks to seeing the kids on tv do it. I do not let her watch anything that has adult themes or language. —on Orland Park Patch Facebook
Amy Litviak: my child gets 3 hours of tv/computer/video game time a night and everythign must be age appropriate. no family guy or video games filled with blood and murder. —on Oak Forest Patch Facebook
Catherine Sabeckis Casper: My son's doctor feels very strongly in this area. He is 9 and says no more then a hour a day. Of all 3 xombined. I have debated this a bit with her due to having to use the computer for school work, etc. As for my 11 month old, none. Just as back ground noise. —on Oak Forest Patch Facebook
Randy DjGator Kleber: Best thing we ever did was get rid of cable! It's crazy we have had no cable for over a year now and come Christmas we were like so what do you guys want??? All four kids were like ummm I don't know. Insane the amount of commercials and crap they promote on cable and TV in general. We do Netflix so we have the ability to see what they are watching and how much and only $8 a month ain't bad either. —on Oak Forest Patch Facebook
Jason Akai: Let me answer that, but I have to wait for the next commercial break... —on Oak Forest Patch Facebook
So what's your take? Tell us in the comments.