Chapter One: TV for GirlsJan Benzel
My daughter Julia quickly discovered a great advantage of learning to read: it allowed her to decipher the television schedule.
Let me stop right here and say for the record that I began parenthood as one of those sanctimonious mothers whose personal goal it was to lower the national TV-watching average among children -- now something like three hours a day -- by turning in a paltry few hours a week for our family. We'd finger-paint! Bake! Read the classics! Go camping!
I soon realized there were big problems with that approach. First, as the parent who walked into a room and...