Ok, I know this has been talked about a lot already (I might have started some of these discussions in the past) however, I am finding TV to be such a difficult thing in our home. I wish GFG would never watch TV at all, but PC and DH really want to watch so I have been struggling to get the right balance. We tried no TV for 3 months and it was bliss for us but PC was devastated. We tried only weekends, but then GFG didn't want to leave the couch all weekend, he was mesmerized and obsessed.
Then we bought a PVR (thing that is programmed to tape specific shows). For the past few months, we had reasonably ok shows taped but a couple were really the choice of PC, like Suite Life of Zak and Cody, That's so Raven, Smart Guy. I thought they were really not bad, no bad language, violence etc.. but GFG became obessed with them. I mean really obsessed, he would watch the same episodes again and again and would quote lines from Suite Life especially. We was acting so cool, and using attitute of a 12 year old. He would walk by a teenage girl on the street and say, "look, there is a hot babe". It was horrible!! He is just drawn to these things. He was also hitting his brother and out of control recently. I was starting to wonder if he needed to have his medication increased. Then on Wednesday, I decided that I had enough of this so I reprogrammed the PVR to only tape small kids shows like Zaboomafoo, Lazy Town, Franklin, Bernstain Bears and some nature shows. It was really funny hearing the kids go through the menu of taped shows. I explained to PC why we were doing this and although he was sad not to have his shows, he is accepting it and we are trying to be creative about finding ways he can watch them live. Anyway, GFG has been watching really nice shows for 3 days and things are wonderful! He has been completely loving and nice again. He is acting more like himself, not like a tough 12 year old. Now he is addicted to Lazy Town, but it is way better than before. Ahh, we are having a nice moment of feeling effective in changing his environment so that he can succeed [img]/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/2.gif[/img]