TV is your friend
I'm not ashamed to admit it... I watch TV a lot, and I mean A LOT!
Some people call it the "idiot box", and with good reason, it really can make you stupid. If you just sit there watching cartoons, simple comedy shows or almost any talk show.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Jerry Springer. but when I watch his show, my brain off. But there's no way you can tell me that EVERYTHING on TV is bad.
There are some excellent shows for children on PBS Kids and Nickelodeon. The are some great thought-provoking shows on The Discovery Channel, CNN and The History Channel. You can also learn a lot from the various food and home-improvement channels.
Growing up, I know I learned a lot watching Sesame Street and The Electric Company on PBS. And I've seen the same with my own kids, as they watch certain kid shows; singing songs, listening to music, simple counting and spelling...
And besides, television, like a good movie, provides a good mental escape.