11/13/2012 03:50 pm ET

Life After ‘Barney': How Kids' TV Grew Up and Embraced Parental Co-Viewing

I hadn’t heard the term “co-viewing” by the time my first child was old enough to begin watching television. But like many parents, I didn’t have to read any research studies to understand intuitively that it was better to watch TV with my daughter, engaging her on what she was seeing, than to leave her alone in front of the screen while I checked email or made dinner. (Not that I didn’t do that on occasion, too.)

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