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Lacye - posted on 11/25/2011 ( 42 moms have responded )

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I have noticed some posts in other communities about what children shows they like and which ones they wish they were canceled. So what is your favorite show your kids watch? Which one do you absolutely hate the most? How long per day do you allow your child to watch TV? If you don't let your child watch TV, why not?

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I know i've seen too much Dora when I start psychoanalyzing it... Map is a boy and lives inside backpack (who's a girl), Dora's parents are awfuly trusting to let her run around willy nilly with just a monkey for a companion, what would happen if she got the troll's riddle wrong?, etc. It actually makes it all pretty interesting... lol

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♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/28/2011

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I stay away from Treehouse myself. My 7 year old will sometimes have some show on in the morning that makes me want to gouge my eyes out with a fork. I just change it to either Global BC or the Seattle ABC station.

Shaw just picked up a few disney channels a few weeks ago, I was excited to see Ducktales, but I wish they'd do a few more of the 90's shows instead of the weirdness that's around now.

Becky - posted on 11/28/2011

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Meggy, Dora is on Treehouse. :)
Most of the Treehouse shows annoy me. I can handle the Wiggles, and that's about it. I was so glad when our cable network picked up Disney Junior a couple of weeks ago. I way prefer their shows! Although they have a few strange ones too - Bunnytown and Higgleytown Heros are weird!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/28/2011

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Rebecca, that is creepy! Now I'm going to go to bed and have nightmares of Dora and Diego coming to chop my eyelids off!

Mrs. - posted on 11/28/2011

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Diego doesn't either, could be they don't have eyelids...scary as hell.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/28/2011

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I think I saw her blink once... but it was on a video game.

I am soo glad Nick Canada doesn't do a West Coast station so I NEVER have to watch that show!

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/28/2011

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Oh so true! And that told the truth about gas station washrooms 'I can't go potty in there! It's disgusting!'

Krista - posted on 11/28/2011

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Animaniacs was epic. How can you not adore a show whose theme song contains the line, "There's baloney in our slacks!"?

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/28/2011

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LOl Krista! I think the map is like a GPS and that one is completely screwed up

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 11/28/2011

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I wish they'd bring back Animaniacs because I love that show! The best cartoons in my opinion are from the 80's and 90's and I hate that they've re-animated Transformers and Pound Puppies. Do NOT get me started on My Little Pony either! Because that show is a mess! FML!

I do allow my daughter to watch a show called Winx Club, But I'm skeptical on that because of the over exagerated body types. I understand why the animators do that. But really that and the character background is lackluster at times.

I abhore Spongebob though and a lot of the other shows on Cartoon Network/ Teletoon and Nick/ Ytv. So I don't let my daughter watch a lot of it which ticks my husband off for some reason.

Spongebob! Ug! That show makes me foam at the mouth! I wish Nick/Ytv would cancel that mess and put something decent in its place. Even re-runs of Rugrats would be preferable

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Oh my goodness, I read those two posts and laughed so loud the kids came running form the other room! :D

Krista - posted on 11/28/2011

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ROFL @ Teresa. Yeah, I'm constantly sassing those shows. It keeps me sane. I mean, what kind of fucked-up infrastructure do they have where she lives, if she has to cross a river full of crocodiles, and then go over a volcano, just to get to freaking SCHOOL?!?!? And when she gets there, all the other kids are there too --- did they go through that same thing?

Personally, I think there are much easier routes to everything, and Map is just messing with them, 'cause he's an asshole.

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Who do we ask for help when we don't know which way to go? Your PARENTS you little twit! oops... did that just come out. lol

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Krista, Dora is much easier to take if you ad lib your own narrative.... I've been stuck w/ that show for about 8 years now and that's the best way to get through it. lol

Erin - posted on 11/28/2011

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There are so many preschool shows I LOVE!!! I am sure I will forget to list a few ;)

Hubby says I never grew up ;) I love Angelina Ballerina; too bad I don't get to watch her much w/ my youngest 3 being boys & little interest... I LOVE Toot & Puddle we are a military family & have to move often we try to help our kids stay in contact w/ friends & families we know after moving & this show is great ~one friend travels & comes back & shares his adventure with the others!!! Very educational, too~geography; social studies :) I love Bob the Builder & Max & Ruby & even Calloui (voice & all)... SUPER WHY is a BLAST both my 8 & 2 year olds watch & enjoy it :) I love the Sunny Side up show & Good night show on Sprout!!! This is GREAT when 2 year old just can't seem to get to sleep occasionally :)

LOVE Curious George... Cat in the Hat is one of the few that actually annoys me; love the original; not the series :oP

As for time, we watch too much TV. After spending 15mos in Iraq constantly outside the wire; hubby has become the ultimate in couch potatoes (upon his return)... But, he is a good daddy & keeps his watching kid friendly and takes lots of breaks to tickle & play... I would say our 2 yo gets about 5 hrs w/ TV on (usally plays along side) & the 8 yo gets about 3-5hrs (sports & scouting make the number much lower & nights w/o activities & weekends higher).

Elfrieda - posted on 11/27/2011

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I love Pingu! That is something that all three of us will gather round and watch when I find an episode on youtube.

Krista - posted on 11/27/2011

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Yeah, Max and Ruby irritate the hell out of me. Either Max is being a little shit and gets rewarded for it, or Max actually has something important to say, and Ruby is being an overbearing pill and ignoring him.

And yeah, Caillou is a whiny little turd. He irritates me.

He adores Dora, and I don't mind it, even though the convoluted problem-solving in that show drives me around the bend. And Map's whiny voice makes me want to take a match and some lighter fluid to him.

Mary - posted on 11/27/2011

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TV in my house is pretty much only an early morning thing. Perhaps it's "wrong", but it is the only way I can shower, or get things completed. I don't mind her watching anything on PBS, but the one show we both can't stand on there is Word Girl. It's just...annoying and stupid.

Molly's favorites are definitely Word World, Curious George. and The Cat in the Hat. I could not get her hair brushed and pulled back without the help of Alpha Pig, Wonder Red, and Princess Presto from Super Why.

Her recent favorite has been some dvd's we've gotten out of the library of Richard Scarry's Busytown characters, including the Busytown Mysteries. They have been great on rainy afternoons, and to help me get all of the cooking, cleaning, and decorating done for her birthday and Thanksgiving events we've hosted. I really like them too! She got the Busytown Airport board game as a bday present, and we all love to play it after dinner.

Sal - posted on 11/26/2011

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I love little princess.... Mostly for Julian clary doing the narrator just makes me think back to sticky fingers and fanny the wonder dog.. Oh god I'm so old!!!!

Stifler's - posted on 11/26/2011

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I hate them all but they amuse my son so love them at the same time. I really hate the songs *she's a little princess* and I have begun singing at the kids like 'HE'S MY LITTLE PRINCESS!" at logan. Dirt girl world is irritating and so is the new Thomas the tank engine music. Giggle and Hoot and Waybulo are torture to me.

Mrs. - posted on 11/26/2011

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My daughter is obsessed with Caillou and I don't really mind so much. I don't find him super annoying and he has been a very useful tool during car trips - so I kinda owe him one.

I'm not hot on Max and Ruby. Not because the voices are annoying or anything, but because Max is always getting rewarded for being disrespectful and spiteful. I try to steer her clear of it.

She also really likes old Winnie the Pooh on YouTube, you know Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree and things like that. I like them, they remind me of my childhood.

Personally, I loathe things like The Fresh Beats Band. I can't handle the homogenized music.

Krista - posted on 11/26/2011

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Ones we both like: Dora, Diego, Sesame Street, Backyardigans, Toopy and Binoo, Yo Gabba Gabba, Super Why, The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot about that.

Ones that he likes, that I loathe: Fresh Beat Band, Bubble Guppies, Caillou (I dive for the remote when that comes on), Max & Ruby, My Little Pony.

Obviously, my child watches too much television. It's on pretty much all day, but he'll only pay attention if a show he likes comes on. Otherwise, we're playing cars, or colouring, or building with blocks. And if the weather's decent, then yes, we turn the TV off and go the hell outside.

Johnny - posted on 11/26/2011

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Oh, and when my daughter was a baby/small toddler, I loved Waybaloo. It came on here at 6am, just as she was waking up. So I could put it on, she'd be spellbound, and I could catch an extra half hour of shut eye listening to the lullaby music lull me to sleep. Man I miss those days!

Johnny - posted on 11/26/2011

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My daughter watches the end of Bob the Builder and most of Clifford on PBS in the mornings while I am getting ready for work. In the evenings, we usually watch the news at 6, but the tv stays off otherwise until she is in bed. When it's on, Tuesday nights her and I watch Monday's taped and Tuesday's live Dancing with the Stars. Some times on weekend mornings she gets to watch PBS kids, especially Curious George, Super Why and Sid the Science Kid. Otherwise no weekend tv unless there is a big sports event or we have a family movie night. The only time we have unlimited tv is when she's home sick and isn't feeling well enough to do much else. By the time that's over, she's happy not to have to watch tv again for weeks.



The ones I don't like are Caillou, Dinosaur Train (which she hates too) and FourSquare.

Caitlin - posted on 11/26/2011

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No cable here.. I leave it on PBS kids all morning, the kids like sesame street, super why and word world.. I can't stand caillou, he's bloody annoying. My girls are the type who will stop to watch a few minutes, then go back to playing, so I really don't mind leaving it on a lot, especially with the new baby it's really useful to have a distraction, cause nursing takes a lot fo time and patience with 3 kids 3 and under!

Sherri - posted on 11/26/2011

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Hates: Spongebob, Adventure Time, Ed, Edd & Eddy, Courage the Cowardly Dog.

Love Disney Channel and Nick Jr. Little Bear is still one of my all time fav's as is Tom & Jerry and Loony Toons

My TV is never off so cartoons are on from morning till night. Then at 8pm the TV becomes mom's.

Kathleen - posted on 11/26/2011

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My son is one of those odd ones. He prefers the BBC specials on dinosaurs, or other prehistoric animals. Sharks, bugs. He doesn't watch many of the cartoons anymore. He did, and i would watch everything so I knew what he was watching. So, as a toddler we did not allow Spongebob....and I did not like Ruby and Max. Other than that he watched a lot of Nick Jr. Then now it's PBS and those documentaries. He watches a good amount of tv, but not sitting in front of it. I have it on to listen to the cooking shows, very few shows we actually watch, and it's background noise. He maybe sits for an hour a day actually watching, then he's always off to play with his toys. At night though he does watch a video. last night he chose one on shapes to watch before going to sleep.

Lindsey - posted on 11/26/2011

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Hudson (22 months) is obsessed with Toopy and Binoo and Thomas and Friends. I don't really limit my son's TV time. He usually watches about an hour a day. That being said, unless one of his fav's is on, he really doesn't pay that much attention, he's usually too busy playing with his trains and truck and chasing our pets around to care what's on TV.
If the TV is on and Caillou comes on I turn it off though. I cannot stand the whining, I get enough of that from my little guy :)

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My kids are allowed to watch tv when I have something that I need to do that I can't have them underfoot (i.e. cooking). Saying that, they get anywhere between 1 and 3ish hours of tv a day. Some days are better (usually days when we make "fun" meals where they can help cook or on days I do laundry because they help), and some days I just need the quiet.



Saying that, I really enjoy most of the shows my kids are allowed to watch. Of course, at our house we don't have cable (just dvds), but even when we are somewhere with "regular" tv I only turn on the learning shows (i.e. Dora, Diego, Word World, Super Why, etc.).



My favorite movie that the girls watch is the Talking Words Factory by Leapfrog. It's taught my 4 and 2 1/2 year olds a lot about puttig sounds together to make words and it provides a good way for me to teach it to the kids as well (I basically just say the same thing as the movie over and over again). We also have almost all the Barbie movies and I like those because they have good moral lessons about being proud of who you are and such. Life isn't all about book smarts, IMO, it's also about appreciating yourself and I think the Barbie movies show that well :)



I don't like baby-like shows (ex: Waybuloo - WTH is up with that?). I also tend to stay away from shows where one or more of the characters has a lisp. I KNOW some kids have lisps, and I know they can't help it, but I don't want my children picking it up and thinking it's normal to speak like that (we have always pronounced things the way they're supposed to be pronounced to our children - no babytalk). I know shows have put characters on shows like that to make all kids feel included, but it just doesn't help our children, so we steer clear :) Let's see... I also don't like Spongebob (I hate when my kids start talking like him - so annoying!!!) and I've recently stopped letting them watch "tween" shows (my 9 year-old is allowed to, but not the younger girls). My younger kids were picking up on the attitude on there and, while my 9 year-old knows that speaking like that is not allowed, the little girls don't and so I keep them away from it (I've told them not to speak like that a million times, but they see it on tv and think it's fine... not... ugh).

Ashley - posted on 11/25/2011

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Toopy and Binoo, whoever invented them are evil. My 17m loves them to distraction (though that is sometimes a good thing) but I hate them soo much. My 4 year old doesn't watch much tv anymore except at quiet time and he watches Phineus and Ferb (love it) and garfield. My oldest also like Cars but since Cars 2 hasn't watched any movies b/c he wants it for christmas lol

Sal - posted on 11/25/2011

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If the weather is nice they watch maybe 1-2 hours sPlit between morning and afternoon while I get the house work done and in the arvo dinner cooked maybe not even they but sadly when the weather is bad they watch more but in the back ground while crafting or playing with other things and I do like them watching nature shows when one is on..



I love play school and hate hate rasta mouse it truly shits ne to tears

The girls fav are Angelina ballerina and dirt girl

Becky - posted on 11/25/2011

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My kids watch too much tv. My favorite of their shows is Imagination Movers. I find their songs very catchy. :) Their favorites are Mickey Mouse, Handy Manny, and Special Agent Oso. I don't mind Oso - I get them to do things by giving them special assignments with 3 special steps! :) My kids have actually learned quite a bit from those shows - colors, shapes, counting to 9 in Spanish... I can't stand any of those shows that use baby talk or nonsense words, like In the Night Garden and Waybuloo. Ugh! I feel dumber after watching them! And Cailloo is super annoying!

Lacye - posted on 11/25/2011

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We don't have cable either Teresa. Mostly what Lily watches is VeggieTales, Disney movies, Hoodwinked, and The Corpse Bride (she loves that movie!). She doesn't watch it often because I don't want it to become a habit. The only time she really watches it is when it's raining outside.

Teresa - posted on 11/25/2011

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Can't stand iCarly. Those two girls get ON MY NERVES! I do like Spongebob, Veggietales, Backyardigans, most of Nickjr. But these preteen shows get on my nerves. My 7 year old watches them but he prefers Spongebob, Veggietales, Bakcyardigans, and movies that we have for him. TV is such a part of life now that to try to get rid of it is pointless. It's not all bad, it's very relative to your situation and your children. When I was comiong up in the 70's they thought disco was going to be the death of society! HAHA!

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We don't have cable, so only dvds here. Depends on the day of how much they watch. As far as 'kid shows' go... my son has Dora (probably still his favorite), Diego, Bob the Builder, one Elmo, one Calliou, one Clifford... I forget what else. We own a bunch of movies and also have Netflix (not the live streaming anymore cuz my stupid computer went defective).

They are not allowed to watch before school or before homework is done. Other than that... I don't really set limits. We're usually not home at all 2 days/week and one or two other times/week my girls usually go surfing.... My son definitely watches more cuz he's home more, but he's usually doing other things while watching.. unless he needs a rest.

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OMG, Calliou is annoying. Luckily it's on during naptime. That and Barney. So it's easily avoidable. :)

I make an effort to limit tv. I like to keep it at 30 minutes to one hour a day. My kid is the type that will get caught up in tv and not play if it's on. Even if it's on boring adult talk shows. So I try to keep it off.

My daughter and I like Super Why, Dinosaur Train, and Sesame Street. Those come on first thing in the morning. That's perfect for us, because I can get ready for the day and make breakfast while she's still and quiet for a few minutes.

She also likes movies. Her favorite right now is Mary Poppins. I'm good with that.

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My kids don't watch much TV, but when they do, it's normally an episode of Bernstein Bears or Calliou. I can't stand listening to Calliou's whining, but the boys love it!

Meredith - posted on 11/25/2011

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I prob let my kids watch more TV then they should, but my 3 yr old and 14mo old love the Little Einsteins and my 3 yr old
has also started to watch The Wonder Pets

Elfrieda - posted on 11/25/2011

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I let my 23 month old watch 10 minutes of "Bob the Builder" per day. It's a DVD, so we watch things over and over again. I found it okay at first, but now I am SO bored with it. He loves it, though.

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