I was a latch-key kid growing up and I was raised by the glow of the television. But I was a very active kid and when I could go out and play - I did. I don't think I ever ~choose~ television over active play.
So when I need to occupy the kid's, I let them watch cartoons. Yeah, yeah, I hear all the negative things about it, but it's not like I'm letting them watch porn and Saw III.
And then I realized it.
Ella runs to me while I'm in the shower with almost a panic. "Mommy! Mommy!"
"What?!" as I throw open the shower curtain.
"The t.v. says you have to buy [this] NOW!!! You have to get out and CALL NOW!"
Ahhh. The commercial watching has started :)