The Big Turnoff: Confessions of a TV-Addicted Mom Trying To Raise a TV-Free Kid

Currey-Wilson, Ellen. The Big Turnoff: Confessions of a TV-Addicted Mom Trying To Raise a TV-Free Kid. Algonquin. Apr. 2007. c.352p. ISBN 1-56512-539-8. $24.95. CHILD REARING

For much of her life, first-time author Currey-Wilson was addicted to watching television, the balm that kept her from “thinking about or feeling anything unpleasant.” When she became a parent, however, she did not want her young son to suffer the same isolating fate. In this memoir of her trials and tribulations in raising him TV-free, she shares her anxieties, frustrations, and tactics. While other parents may empathize with her admittedly noble goal, they may chafe (as this reviewer did) at her neuroticism and/or find her tone gratingly self-pitying. Overall, her main points are all handled better elsewhere. On the matter of TV being bad, see James P. Steyer’s The Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media’s Effect on Our Children. For advice on fussy, colicky babies, turn to Barry Lester and Catherine O’Neill Grace’s Why Is My Baby Crying?: The Parent’s Survival Guide for Coping with Crying Problems and Colic. And on seemingly harmless habits (like watching TV), there’s Judith Wright’s The Soft Addiction Solution.

This review appeared in Library Journal. 132.1, January 1, 2007: p138; the galley was gleefully shredded on February 11, 2012.


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