What kind of TV show does your child watch

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Hi everyone,

I'm just curious about what kind of tv shows you allow your kids to watch. I'm very careful about what I let my 3 year old watch. To be honest she does really watch TV because i hate all the advertising. I let her watch DVD's, Mainly Disney movie's or Dora, anything that is age appropriate. She loves Mary Poppins. Also little Einstein, which I think is an amazing Cartoon for kids. Anyway looking forward to your replies.

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LaCi - posted on 07/23/2010

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My son loves the PBS cartoons. Curious george, word world, super readers, dinosaur train. Other than that he watches what I watch, although he really doesn't WATCH anything. He only pays attention to the cartoons for a minute or so, usually when they're showing words and letters or something. I watch a lot of news, discovery, documentaries, and MTV. I don't usually watch movies or anything until he's tired down and just wants to snuggle, otherwise I'd miss half the flick. I don't censor anything though, what I'm watching doesn't change because he's around, regardless of rating. I'll play whatever video games I'd like as well. Mostly though, the TV is just background noise. He likes background noise, he also demands the radio be on while we're in the non-tv rooms, which is usually on Howard Stern. :)

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Sherri - posted on 10/30/2011

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My 14 & 13yr old virtually anything.

My 5yr old tons of Disney Channel, Goosebumps. R.L. Stines the Haunting Hour, Tom & Jerry, Looney Toons, Scooby Doo.

What we don't allow Courage the Cowardly Dog, Ed, Edd and Eddy, Adventure Time, Spongebob

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I was very arbitrary when my son was smaller. I coudln't stand Ed, Edd & Eddy so I banned it. I had no problem with most anime (on cartoon network), Spongebob, etc. His favorite movies were The Iron Giant and Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Currently at 15, he loves the re-run Transformers, The Big Bang Theory, How It's Made, Mythbusters and to my shame - My Little Pony. Apparently that's really big in my son's high school. ick. I didn't like them when I was a kid and they came out.

Paula - posted on 10/30/2011

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I let my kids watch whatever they want, Whenever they want hope this helps....

Jessica - posted on 08/06/2010

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I guess I should be a "good mom" and say that I only let my kids watch educational television, and only for five minutes a week, but why lie? My girl loves all the Nick shows and has learned some spanish and chinese! She is crazy about disney movies....and I even let her watch Cartoon Network! She thinks Chowder is hilarious! My son is addicted to Toy Story, and watches Johnny Test. I let them watch when they want. They usually would rather be playing. Does that make me a bad mom? Well, I'm not beating them while they're watching it, so I don't think so! LOL

Amy - posted on 08/03/2010

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My husband will turn the TV onto PBS during the day for our son to watch. The first show he ever watched was 20 min of Norm (a home improvement guy) who was installing a door. He'll also watch Sid the Science Kid, but he's never all that interested in watching one's he's seen. Honestly were lucky if he sees more than 10-20 min of TV a day. PBS has limited commercials, and we watch a kids channel of PBS so the commercials have all been just fine for him to "see". We also put on some old school cartoons I used to love to watch from Netflix.

In the evenings my husband and I will watch some TV (nothing too bad while he's awake) and we'll play with him while we watch. I'm not sure he's ever really looked or watched the TV in the evenings, he's just got too much energy for that.

Nikki - posted on 08/02/2010

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My son hates television he is too busy running around to focus on a show.............BUT the second a commercial comes on, any single one he stops dead in his tracks and glues himself to the tv... then the second the show comes back on he goes back to running around. He is 14 months old I really dont understand how he distinguishes the two, I understand some commericials are colorful and have music but not all of them.

Sarah - posted on 08/02/2010

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I limit my kiddo to PBS kids and WCCO Saturday mornings (as long as it says E/I in the corner). Otherwise its videos for the girl or animal/history type shows.

Denise - posted on 07/30/2010

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Omg that is so cute! my son is only 6mths so i dont think hes going to be doing that yet but i cant wait. my little cousin who is now 3 used to do the tink think think!

Shawna - posted on 07/29/2010

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Denise, my daughter was playing outside with a pony action figure and was running back and forth saying "giddy up, ride the rails" and I had no idea where she got it....then the next morning we were watching Chuggington and they said Ride the Rails in their song and then it clicked. It is so funny what they decide to pick up and use other places! When she is thinking about something she will tap her finger on her chin and say "think think think" like the little girl does on Winnie the Pooh Super Sleuths". Gotta love'm.

Denise - posted on 07/29/2010

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I do love super why and imagination movers also! Chuggington is amazing and i love their theme song. lol

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We don't pay for cable (we get 5 channels) which is the reason we don't watch Disney. Can't speak for anyone else. But my daughter loves PBS (Barney is on during naptime, thank God). I try to limit tv anyway. One show or movie a day.

Shawna - posted on 07/29/2010

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I am surprised to not read that anyone watches Imagination Movers on Disney. My daughter and I LOVE that show and actually got to see them in Oakland last December. It was so fun. Their music doesn't annoy me which is a plus and their message is a great one. We also like Super Why. I make sure that the message is good but it has to be non irritating to me because like you all probably experience, once they like something you will watch it over and over and over! I found Imagination Movers when I was looking for something OTHER than Barney which so got on my NERVES.

Chuggington is also a new favorite after a long affair with Thomas.

Recently she caught an episode of So You Think You Can Dance and LOVED Alex and made us rewind one of his dances 10 times. She is hilarious. I told her one time "nothing is on" when she wanted to watch tv at my Grandmas (no cable) and she said "I can watch the weather on the news." (Dad is addicted to the weather report on the news)

Denise - posted on 07/27/2010

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my son is 6mths so he doesnt really watch anything but he does like little einstien songs. i wont be censoring what he watches for the most part usually. no sex no major violence ect. one show he will NOT be allowed to watch is spongebob. i despise that show.

Charlene - posted on 07/27/2010

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Gracie just turned one on Sunday so I don't really like to let her watch a whole lot of T.v., but I'm not super strict with it. Especially at my M&FIL's house or my mom's house.
She loves the music channels, just as much as I do, so we usually have one of those on at all times, but when she's tired or I need to make supper, clean or shower, I turn on Treehouse or one of the Treehouse shows that I have recorded on our DVR.

She loves, loves, loves, loves Four Square. She also likes Toopy&Binoo, Big&Small and Wonderpets.

Angel - posted on 07/27/2010

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Of course! u have 2 b careful with ur little 1 cause if they c something they will practice it and if they hear something they say it.so by me DVDs of their age is fine.but u must keep other dvds as far as possible cause kids of this days knows how to operate a dvd . my son is 5 yrs old n he already knows.

Cara - posted on 07/26/2010

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While I won't bother much with actual tv show names, as my girls are older 12 & 14, there were certain principles that we used when they were little, and still do use now.
We avoid any shows that have gratuitous violence. Not all violence, but that which is unnecessary. For example - Lord of the Rings has violence, but it is a war against good and evil. A Steven Segal movie has a lot of violence period.
We avoid shows that show a lack of respect for parents, authority or just general crass behavior. Many Disney preteen shows, and teen shows fall into this catagory. They show the kids getting away with being disrespectful, lying, etc. Not the attitudes we want our kids to see modeled.
We don't watch shows that use crude humor. Don't hate me for this one, but Spongebob is one that we decided against, it was just too crude.
Anything that glorifies immoral behavior.
Those are the basic guidelines for us.
I remember one day when my now dd14 said she chose not to watch 'The Saddle Club' on Discovery Kids. She said it was a horrible show! I asked why. She said that the main girl kept constantly lying and got away with it repeatedly. Her sister objected, but she kept on with "You can't possibly fill your mind with that. She gets away with lying and that is not how God works!"

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wow. i haven't checked this since i wrote it. Thank you to everyone for not judging anyone else's responses. So good to see.

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Krista, I watched some old sesame street clips a while back and I had to wonder what drugs the writers were on. Eliza was mesmerized!

Mae - posted on 07/25/2010

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My daughter doesn't watch actual tv she watches dvds and netflix. My husband and I bought her Teddy Ruxpin, Barbie, and Penguins of madagasgar. We netflix Veggie Tales, Blues Clues, and every once in a while a neat nature show like Blue Planet or something. It's our rule that whatever she watches we have to watch at least once. She doesn't watch Dora just because we can't stand it but she does watch Handy Manny which I love. We put on tv while I'm making dinner, and after dinner for family snuggle time. We aren't really strict on how much just on what but we do make sure that she gets enough outside time too

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Awww....Roxanne LOVES Mighty Machines....her daddy is a heavy equipment operator so she always thinks it's him on TV....very cute!

Krista - posted on 07/25/2010

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Yeah, Treehouse is the only channel that I feel comfortable turning on and not having to monitor excessively. Sam tends to be interested in Little Bear and Mighty Machines.

But yeah, Yo Gabba Gabba is pretty awesome. It reminds me of Sesame Street back in the 70's when it was funky and street-smart and diverse and didn't talk down to kids -- back before they fucking Elmo-fied the whole thing.

Rosie - posted on 07/25/2010

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oh my god i forgot about spongebob!! lol!! definitely lucas' favorite show, and the other 2 love it as well. i am very guilty of loving it too♥, he he!!

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we have a satellite dish so during the day we keep it tuned to the pre-school channel (Sprout) I'm comfortable with everything that she sees on that channel

Stephanie - posted on 07/25/2010

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Michael doesn't watch much TV we mainly listen to music channels but when he does I usually turn on the Sprout network (which eliminates the commercial problem) or I turn on one of our DVR episodes of Sesame Street or Clifford.

Meghan - posted on 07/24/2010

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OMG Dana, In the night Garden is coming to Van??? OK that settles it! We are taking a trip! J would flip his lid!!!

Lyndsay - posted on 07/24/2010

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My son is 3 and he rarely watches actual television. If theres a show hes interested in, I will buy the DVD box set so I can play it whenever I want and not have to worry about commercials. His favourite show is Spongebob Squarepants, though he also likes Bob the Builder and Thomas the Train. His favourite movies to watch are Spiderman 1-2-3 (the live action ones, not cartoons), Toy Story, or Finding Nemo.

Rosie - posted on 07/24/2010

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grant loves mythbusters, and storm stories those are the shows he can't miss.;)
vinnie likes max and ruby, ni-hao kailan, and wow wow wubsy, and that one show with the ducky that talks like a baby.....can't remember the name right now.
lucas likes mickey mouse clubhouse, and dora.

i'm much like laci and don't censor what they watch. they will sit down and watch what i am watching. the only time i don't want them watching something i'm watching is when there is nakedness and sex going on. i'll try to watch something like that when they are sleeping.

Charlie - posted on 07/24/2010

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sometimes i find it on TV even when Cooper is outside playing .....shhh dont tell anyone , but then again i watch Yo gabba gabba because its AWESOME and not because Cooper likes it haha.

Charlie - posted on 07/24/2010

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Oh gosh Dana Cooper would poop his diaper if they came here LOL , he does the Macca pacca dance and as soon as he sees the stars at the start he does the round and round thingy on all of our hands , if that makes sense LOL.

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Loureen, Roxanne LOVES "In the Night Garden".....they're coming to Vancouver on her birthday and I'm trying to make arrangements for a group of us to go see the show!

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Roxanne is 22 months and the only channel she's allowed to watch is "Treehouse" and it's limited to certain shows at certain times. Besides that I do have some Lil' Einstein DVDs in the vehicle in case of emergency.

Joanna - posted on 07/23/2010

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Paige likes a lot of the shows my husband and I like as well. She gets bored by some of our favorites, like American Pickers and Deadliest Catch, but she LOVES Mythbusters (I kind of think she has a crush on Adam), Hell's Kitchen (also, might have a crush on Chef Ramsey, and she laughs when he yells, and pretends to be a donkey when he calls someone a donkey), and she loves dancing around with me to So You Think You Can Dance.

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We don't have cable and don't get any reception in our house, so all the kids watch are videos/dvds. My son (2) loves his sisters old Dora movies, Shrek, Up, and Spirit the best.

The girls (8.5) watch those and a variety of others... all G or PG movies.

Jenny - posted on 07/23/2010

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I am very strict with TV. My kids get an hour or so per week. My daughter is 7 and generally chooses old school Bugs Bunny, Mantracker or nature shows. My son is 2.5 and has never watched tv, he doesn't care to sit still long enough.

Joanna - posted on 07/23/2010

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We always seem to have the TV on, normally it's on a music station though (I like the background noise). My daughter (almost 3) LOVES music, so she likes any show with music. She loves Yo Gabba Gabba and Jacks Big Music show for that reason. She also likes Dora and Ni Hao Kai-Lan and says Spanish and Chinese phrases from them all the time. She also likes Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, but it's so annoying that we don't watch it so much (usually we'll turn it on if she's sick or having a bad day, seems to cheer her up).

When letting her watch shows I make sure there's some sort of learning involved... whether it's counting and shapes, or just moral lessons (like "don't bite your friends" and "be nice to animals" from Yo Gabba Gabba), plus catchy songs that don't annoy me.

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