My kids eat lunch in front of the TV and judge me all you want it is what keeps me sane.
I take the time while they are eating to clean up the kitchen, tidy up their toys, and prepare their room for nap. We then have a smooth transition into their room for their siesta.
They wake up to a warm and tidy house for afternoon snack and then proceed to tear it all apart again so that by the time daddy arrives home it looks like a bomb went off.
But, as the TV plays and my kids stuff their faces, we sing, talk, and interact about what they are seeing. We watch channels with no commercials that have toddler specific programming. I feel like it's what I do to make it "ok". My almost three year old knows every color, can recognize half of the letters in the alphabet, and can compare characteristics of opposites. My 16 month old knows the lyrics to Down by Jay Sean, as well as the alphabet, have a vocabulary of over 50 words, and is now jumping with both feet off the ground.
I must be doing something right, TV or no :)
(cross posted at Flickr)