Do you keep a journal – or wish you could get one started? Literary Mama wants to help.
Three times a month, I’ll post a writing prompt. Open a notebook and write for 10 minutes. Don’t worry about grammar or punctuation – just write. Then let the writing simmer and your mind wander for awhile.
And who knows? Maybe you’ll discover a character for your next short story or a theme for a narrative essay. Or maybe you’ll use the idea to create a special holiday card or photo album for someone in your family. However you decide to use your journal entry, I know you’ll enjoy re-reading it months–and years–down the road.
Also: Every three months, I’ll accept submissions and choose a few pieces to post for LM readers to enjoy.
Consider these findings from The Media Family: Electronic Media in the Lives of Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Their Parents, a survey published by the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2006:
More than four in ten children under 2 years old watch TV every day and nearly one in five watch videos or DVDs every day.
Most parents say they are in the same room with their child while they’re watching TV either all or most of the time (88% of those whose children this age watch TV in a typical day).
And these quotes from the survey focus groups:
“It makes life easier now, but in the long run, when they’re older and starting to run into all these problems, I think I’ll wish I wouldn’t have let them do it when they were five.” Mother of a 4-6 year old in Columbus, Ohio
“I don’t think media has anything to do with how I am as a parent. I would never sit her in front of the television so I could go and do something. I learned a long time ago that the dishes can wait until tomorrow. It can all wait. I have seen my 15 year-old grow up in the blink of an eye…I take advantage of all the time I can get.” Mother of a 1-3 year-old, Irvine, California
“For our little guy, TV time is all of us on the couch together. We’ll talk about what’s going on. If it’s Blue’s Clues, we’ll answer back. We only do 20 minutes a night.” Mother of a 1-3 year old from Irvine, California
“I watch CSI…[S]he sits down and watches with me. I don’t know how harmful it is to her. It’s something gory, but it doesn’t seem to bother her. She hasn’t had any nightmares from it.” Mother of a 1-3 year old, Irvine, California
Read the entire report here.
Journal Entry: Do you have house rules about television? List them. Then, write about a favorite television show from your childhood. What made it special?