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Chelsea - posted on 01/28/2014 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 7 year old daughter loves watching shows like Suite Life on Deck & Jessie. What bothers me is that her favorite character always seems to be whoever has the worst attitude and thinks they control everything. Now my daughter is starting to act like these characters. Growing up, we watched shows like Andy Griffeth & Little House on the Prairie. Those shows show kids respecting their parents and learning valuable life lessons. No one at our house has attitudes like the kids on these shows so I am pretty sure that's where she's getting it from. Would it be going too far to no longer allow her to watch shows like these?

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Robyn - posted on 02/04/2014

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If I see aShow negatively effecting my children I absolutely stop them from watching and explain why. Good luck
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Chet - posted on 01/29/2014

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Our kids are 4, 5, 8 and 9 and they don't watch a lot of TV. When they do watch, it's not the kind of shows that you're mentioning.

We haven't banned any shows. If you asked our kids what they aren't allowed to watch I think they'd have no idea what you were talking about. We've just encouraged them to like different things and we've made different things available.

We don't have Disney Channel or Nickelodeon. They mostly watch older programs or educational shows on Netflix, Amazaon Prime, or occasionally DVDs. They haven't watched Andy Griffeth, but our 8 and 9 year old really love Leave it to Beaver and at some point we'll probably start with Little House on the Prairie.

That said, I do think it's important for kids to recognize rude or inappropriate behaviour. You can find something funny on TV or in a book, but you should be able to recognize it wouldn't be funny in real life. I don't expect everything that our kids watch or read to be setting a good example. Even on Little House on the Prairie Nellie Olsen made for lots of humour and drama, but she was not a good example.

It's really easy to blame poor behaviour in kids on what they watch or read, or the other kids they hang around with, but I think you get better results from actually talking to kids about what's okay and what's not rather than banning them from certain shows or certain friends.

I would encourage your daughter to maybe watch some different shows, but at the same time I would work directly with her on her behaviour. Sitcom characters belong in sitcoms, not the real world.

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Jillian - posted on 02/02/2014

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My kids watch some Disney shows but I got them into the Brady bunch, lassie, little house on the prairie. They treat me and my hubby a whole lot better:-)

Lara - posted on 01/31/2014

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Hello, My name is Lara and as part of an art department I am currently gathering research for the production of a new children's drama called Dreamland, I have made a survey about bedtime stories to fit into context of the production, if you are a parent of a 6-9 year old child, please try and find the time to fill in this quick 10 question survey, your help will be much appreciated, thank you

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RYTCDR9

Lara - posted on 01/31/2014

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Hello, my name is Lara and as part of an art department I am currently researching for the production of a new children's tv program for children 6-9 years old called Dreamland, if you have a child within this age range I would really appreciate it if anyone could fill in this quick 10 question survey, thank you x
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RYTCDR9

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/30/2014

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Hmmm...LOL...I'm laughing at "those shows showed kids behaving and respecting their parents"...because you obviously forgot Nellie & Willie Olsen being such little entitled brats because their father owned the general store...Or the episode of Andy where the little boy gets his bike 'confiscated' by Barney for repeatedly disrespecting and disregarding a sheriff's officer, and the kid throws a blue fit until Andy tells daddy how to find a willow switch...

See, you turn these into teaching moments as well. So what if London Tipton gets to act like a brat? Conversation with your kid as follows: "Wow, London really doesn't act very nicely, does she? Why do you think she acts that way? Do you think it's nice? Do you think it's right?" Or "Yes, Zuri does act like a spoilt brat sometimes, don't you think? I'm so glad that you act in a more mature manner than Zuri does"

Either that, or turn off the television. No one died from lack of TV...LOL

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