I do think my limited TV at home helped me be very creative. SO (oh, being a parent and finding a balance is SO hard!) I try not to make a big deal about the TV but I try to limit it in a very discrete way. I also try to watch more educational shows. Arabella can speak some Spanish now because of Dora and another Spanish DVD.
All of these pics are from Arabella's train ride to Savannah. It is about a 5 hour car ride from my house and I knew that would be rough. I checked into the train and it is very affordable (in some cases cheaper than gas). There isn't a station in my hometown so we had to drive to Jacksonville. This was perfect. Two hour car ride and then get on a train. Arabella was SOOOO excited. It turned out to be a GREAT way to travel with a child. It is very easy to get on and off. The conductors are very helpful. The seats are very roomy. And you can go to the dinning car for a change. The sound and movement is very soothing for them also. She had a blast!
We also NEVER allow a TV or electronic device if we go to dinner. I think this is very important. Psychologist are very concerned that children now a days aren't developing social skills the way they should with all of the electronic device distractions. What a better way to socialize then over dinner. If you try to suffice them by putting a ipad in their hands- yes they are quiet but they aren't socializing.
We also try to keep the snacks mostly protein so she has a nice and steady mood. Nothing is worse then a child in a car on a sugar rush.
Hope this helps. : )