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User - posted on 11/04/2008 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Hello mommies! I have a beautiful 2 year old boy named Nathan. He is at the phase where he is very attentive to television. I have been on the lookout for some fun and educational children's shows. To my horror, I have discovered that many of the kid's shows/cartoons...even many geared towards pre-schoolers are filled with magic, sorcery, monsters, violence, etc. Any suggestions as to what I can let my son watch?

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Krista - posted on 11/07/2008

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I really like the Little Einsteins series (not baby einstein). it uses music and art in very neat scenarios. even I learn from them! it's on the Disney channel in the mornings, check a few out and see how you feel about them.

Bettina - posted on 11/07/2008

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Hi Jennifer.
We don't have tv but we use dvd's and videos. I bought the most Amazing series for kids, it is called Signing time, teaches Sign language, we thought it would be fun to see, but our kids, none are deaf, really took to it, the dvd's are so fun, they teach kids signs using fun songs, we use the dvd's and songs on road trips to keep us all entertained too. I believe they are also on tv, check out their website, www.signingtime.com and you can watch samples of the songs. My kids learned by hearing, seeing, using the signs and they also use the written word, my daughter was 4 1/2 when she started reading, Signingtime was a big help and now they have Theme dvd's like Birthday, Nice to see you, where you get taught words and song that go together. My 2 yr old son had to have a Signingtime B-day cake. Check out e-bay, you might find some christian dvd's or movies as well, and if you have them over there Garage sales. My kids love Psalty videos and both kids prayed the prayer of salvation along with Psalty, the singing songbook.

Amanda - posted on 11/05/2008

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VeggieTales... some wini the pooh stuff... anything from disney is usually good... seseme street isn't all that bad either.

User - posted on 11/05/2008

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Thank you all so much for your rapid responses! I'm actually living in the Philippines so my choices are even more limited...I will try to find some Veggie Tales DVD's around. Your input has really helped! God bless you all! :)

Tracy - posted on 11/04/2008

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Babies & toddlers are very visually oriented learners. So it's not surprising that they'd find t.v. attention grabbing. I agree that Veggie Tales are a wonderfully wholesome choice. Even my teens enjoy them.



I understand totally why you're disturbed by the content of some children's t.v. shows. I have a problem with the magic, socery, etc, too. It is good to look for safe choices. My children are teens now, and the problems with these aspects of the programming available are even more disturbing sometimes.



In the past number of years I have taken these things as opportunities to teach them judgement; to help them understand why these things are problems, that it's not just make-believe and are part of the very really world of darkness. It is important to share with them what the Bible has to say about those things. It is important to raise critical thinkers who know what they believe & why. I think that is harder to do if all the choices are safe. Even at 2 years of age you can begin a dialogue with your child about what is real & what is not; about what is pleasing to the LORD and what is not.



Having said that I believe that all children imagine scary monsters under the bed. I think the Sesame Street monsters were created specifically to put a friendly face on those imagined monsters under the bed. When my kids would say there were monsters under their beds I'd say something like, "Oh, it's just Elmo, he won't hurt you." or "Cookie is just looking for cookies, but there aren't any underthere so he'll go home soon." I think there is a danger in squealching imagination if we take some of the content too seriously. Remember that learning is suppose to be fun. Don't get so caught up in the content aspects that your child is like to not even notice that you take away the fun of learning.

Kellie - posted on 11/04/2008

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WE love veggie tales at our house they are on saturday mornings i DVD them so they have something to watah all week

Mandy - posted on 11/04/2008

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We watch a lot of Veggie Tales in our house. Of course they are only on on Saturdays so we buy the dvd's. I like then since they are bible based. Also we watch Handy Manny, Mickey Mouse and Curious George. Since we feel like you I only let my kids watch about 1/2 in the morning and then some after dinner. Usually after dinner we have them pick a movie. If you have Christian channels sometimes you can find fun cartoons on them that are Bible based. Hope this helps, Mandy

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