I NEED HELP!!

Andrea - posted on 04/28/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 2 1/2 and is totally obcessed with Dora. She has toys, dvds ect.. but lots of times she stares at the wall and just says stuff about dora... and she can reinact some of the show that she watches.. what should I do?? Take everything dora away?? And at 2 1/2 what should she know? I feel like I've failed as a mother.. I just want her to be smart :) and I feel terrible when I hear other people's 2 1/2 year olds do or know more! Please Help!!

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Katie - posted on 04/28/2009

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First off I would not panic! At least Dora is an educational show, and at least she is not obsessed with a non sense show like sponge bob or something like that. I do think that Dora can teach a child a lot. My daughter is 3, and is love with Dora, and would watch her allllll day long if I let her. I think that there can be a thing where too much watching Dora could not necessarily be a bad thing but in the same time not be doing much for her. I would not go to the extreme as taking her Dora stuff away. That could send out the wrong message, that you were punishing her for something she did bad. But maybe when she is watching maybe you can sit with her and pick up some of the things they talk about and then after the show maybe do some basic things with her pertaining to what she just watched. Like if Dora talked about colors after wards maybe sitting down and playing some kind of game that she can learn her colors from. That way it is a win win for both you and your daughter. She gets to watch Dora and she is learning something new, and you do not feel like a failure. By the way you will never be a failure as a parent unless you give up on trying!!

Stephanie - posted on 04/28/2009

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I would say if its a problem just limit it like other people said. Get her out of the house and do something away from the tv. I'm sure she's just fine though. My son is 1 1/2 n watches Dora too (what kid doesn't). He says awwww maaaaaan (quoting swiper) all the time. Kids are funny like that.

Stephanie - posted on 04/28/2009

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My twin daughters are also 2 1/2 and a fan of Dora. However, I limit the amount of time that they are allowed to watch tv. I let them watch about 1 hour before nap time and sometimes a 1/2 hour before bed. They also really enjoy watching Max & Ruby and Oswald on Noggin. Just to give you an idea of what they know at this point-they know most of their colors, can say their ABC's, can count to about 13, and are really starting to pick up more and more words, putting them into sentences. My advice to you would be to work with her on things she doesn't yet know and limiting tv time. That should help you feel better!

Tiffanie - posted on 04/28/2009

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I wouldn't worry. She likes Dora and has the attention to focus on it. If you really want to open her up to other things, limit Dora 30 to 60 minutes per day. Offer her other alternatives. Disney has some great children's programs such as Little Einsteins that can teach music appreciation. There are a lot of others out there as well. Get out the board games or card games and teach her numbers and ABC's. If she enjoy's playing with her Dora toys, let her play. Dora also teaches spanish which is becoming more essential in today's society. Let her join in a play group though the local community. It is all a phase and she will outgrow Dora. It is not uncommon. They all go through something that they like whether it is Dora or My Little Ponies. All you can do is offer other enrichment activitites and alternatives but just taking it away will just be a fight.

Kristy-Lynn - posted on 04/28/2009

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Even though she stares at the wall and talks its ok. she is just talking to herself. I did this all the time as a child and I still do. I went through all the stages where I was all about Strawberry Shortcake, my lil pony, Rainbow Brite, smurfs, .......I was obsessed with them all and I turned out perfectly normal so no worries. She'll be just fine.

Heidi - posted on 04/28/2009

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Don't panic. *smile* Every child is different. It's not a bad thing for her to be so interested in Dora really, just make sure that you're working other characters and activities in there too. As long as her motor skills and speech are good I wouldn't worry about it. If you have questions about what a child her age should be able to accomplish then I would check with the local child services office, health office or educational office. There are several places you can look to find information, and it's all good info. If you need more help then just let me know, I'm sure I can find some good specific info for you. But don't let others make you feel bad, you're not a bad mother for letting your child develop a personality...you're a good mother for letting her find out what she likes!

Melanie - posted on 04/28/2009

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dont worry it will pass my little girl didnt know much at that age either and she was obcessed with care bears :)

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