my 5 yr old boy is cartoon network addicted...

Nagma - posted on 08/06/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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hello dear mums,
my son is all the time watching tv and that too animations and when i try to switch it off he starts throwing tantrums.i am so tired of his cartoonz.i don't dislike watching tv but he can watch some educative material.he says he is grown up from cbeebies kind of channels.i just don't understand how can he laugh on those stupid wild jokes.i want to maintain some kind of standard for him but he doesn't take any interst and it is becoming difficult for me day by day.They don't have any sensible channels for kids.please suggest how do i handle the situation and pleas suggest some learning channels or programs.

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Angie - posted on 08/06/2010

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I made the mistake of allowing my oldest watch too much tv when he was young - mostly because I wanted to watch too much tv myself. My husband and I came up with a system. We gave our son a tv "budget". Each day he was allowed to watch 1 hour of tv. He got 2 "tickets" each day so he could watch two half hour shows. I put a basket below the tv and each time he turned on the tv, I'd start a timer. He had to drop a ticket in for each 30 minute show he watch (or even started watching). If there was something special he wanted to watch on a particular day, he was allowed to save his tickets to watch that show. Because he knew the rules up front and had control over what he watched, he didn't get angry. What's interesting is that now that he's 17, he rarely watches tv at all! Good luck.

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Nagma - posted on 08/13/2010

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i totally agree with u ebony..n fr ur information mums i have already started setting the time intervals.although it hasn't stopped completely but it is definitely stopped being a menace.ayaan is now allowed to watch tv frm 9.00 am to 12.00 noon.than in the afternoons he read his books (2 pages daily) n yes he spell all the words himself, even the difficult ones. yes i have subscribed fr discovery n geographic channels too.thanks once again mums fr ur concern.

Ebony - posted on 08/12/2010

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HES AT AN IMPRESSIONABLE AGE AND WHAT YOU EXPOSE TO HIM IS WHAT HE IS LEARNING LIVING AND APPLYING TO HIS LIFE!

Ebony - posted on 08/12/2010

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FIND SOME EDUCATIONAL CARTOONS FOR HIM TO BECOME ADDICTED TO! INSIST THAT HE WATCH ONLY YOUR CARTOONS OR NO CARTOONS!

Michele - posted on 08/12/2010

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My son does the SAME thing as your son. My son does still like to watch PBS because he loves Calliou, Clifford The Big Red Dog and Martha Speaks. But here lately he hasn't wanted to watch nothing but Cartoon Network. He also likes to watch Nickelodeon because he loves Spongebob and Wonder Pets.

Cynthia - posted on 08/12/2010

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my son loves his tv. i started smaller then the others advise bc we had a big problem. so i started with no tv at bed time. then no tv at play time. then no tv at chore time. i kept adding things until now he is only watching tv for maybe just over an hour a day. as i took it away i started using it as a tool to get him to do other things. i would tell him if you take a nap with out your tv you can watch for 15 mins when you wake up. or after your room is clean you can turn it on for 10 mins. i always tell him how long he gets but i let him finnish a show if it is almost over. i know the shows for kids now days r crap so i record the good one that come on early and replay them. i also de3side if a cartoon is ok or not by wqtching it. i thought all cartoons were for kids but they r not. nick at night is not for kids and some others. i dont even like sponge bob all the time. i know its hard but stick with it. he will get used to you controling the tv and not him. good luck

Cathie - posted on 08/11/2010

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Similar to Angies suggestion- get him to pick shows to a certain time value (1 hour per day or whatever you want) and agree that is it. Reward him in other ways - spend time with him doing something he picks - like playing monopoly together, go to the park, buy some lego and build it together, get him to help you cook dinner (remember to start early as it will take longer with a helper!).

Rachel - posted on 08/06/2010

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mon-fri my children are not allowed to watch tv. There is alot of other things they can do. Summers I let them slide a little.
So shut it off and unplug it. Spend some quality time together. There is no tv out there more important ;)

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