Do your kids LOVE TV?

K - posted on 03/13/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )




Mine do, they ask to watch their shows all the time. BUT they also enjoy playing outside, playing camping, imitating me, etc. When I feel like they've had enough. I just turn to the news or to the music channel and they wander off and go find something else to do. I often feel conflicted about letting them watch it but they are super smart kids, I mean very very advanced for their ages. They communicate well with others, they play well, they are advancing with no problems. So how do you judge whether it's too much for your children? Let me add that I'm not a real tv fan, it'll stay on the cooking channel all day with me. I have three kids so they don't "watch" me "watching tv."


Karen - posted on 03/14/2012




I let my daughter watch certain educational stations, and I don't feel guilty about it! I don't even set a time limit. The stuff she watches, it teaches her more than I ever would think to. I take what it teaches and I run with it!

She just turned 2 and knows all of her basic shapes thanks to TV! We practice them together on a daily basis. She knows ALL of her colors and can count up to 20. She knows quite a few letters too.

I wouldn't of thought to start these lessons so early on my own. I had no idea a 2 year old would even be interested in this stuff, but she is! She likes when they ask her to help solve puzzles, and she takes it very seriously. She really enjoys when we watch together and I call out answers with her.

People like to judge you for it. I don't see it as a bad thing. Maybe 20 years ago when TV was very different, it was something that would actually rot your brain. Now? It's loaded with education!! It really gets their brains going!

I spend all day with my daughter. ALL DAY. The TV helps me make sense of all the chaos of learning. There is SO much to learn, but where do you start? The TV helps me with that. We were very big into Your Baby Can Read before she could talk.

Bottom line. TV has changed dramatically over the last decade. It teaches, it distracts and it helps keep me sane.

Also, without TV, my daughter wouldn't be able to say to me first thing in the morning "Go treasure hunt!!". She totally woke up and said that yesterday morning. You better believe I set one up too!!

Ty - posted on 03/13/2012




My 4 year old daughter LOVES t.v. Way too much and she has been that way from extremely young. Her dad is a big movie/t.v watcher too. She knows all of her favorite shows, references them in day to day activities, and can operate netflix instant streaming better than I can. I allow her to watch it during the down times, but pull the plug on her when I feel like it has been too much. Most often, it depends on the kind of day we are having (rainy, cold days when I am busy cleaning or something she tends to watch more) or the time of day it is (bedtime, meal time etc... it is off) She protests, but soon gets over it and moves on to playing with her toys, the kitty, or outside play.


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Medic - posted on 03/16/2012




My kids actually hardly watch any tv. We usually don't have it on anyways.

Kelina - posted on 03/15/2012




my son would watch tv all day every day if I let him. Usually he gets to watch tv while I'm making dinner and sometimes if he doesn't go down at naptime, I'll let him watch a movie so he doesn't wake up his sister. However, we all have those days when we get so sick of playing, trying to speak two year old and dealing with the baby lol. On those days he watches significantly more, but they aren't very often. My daughter is not interested in tv whatsoever. She's 1 and a lot more high maintenance than her older brother. But my son has learned a lot from tv(he can count to 10 on his own and is starting to recognize shapes) but he's learning his abcs with me, and I absolutely LOVE the fred penner cd we have. He's starting to learn all the words to the songs and now first thing in the morning it's not cars or zaboo, it's cd? cd on please mummy? So he'll go turn on the cd and that usually buys me til the afternoon before he asks to watch a movie or show. Zaboo is his favortie at the moment but he also really likes diego and dora and barney.

Bonnie - posted on 03/15/2012




My boys are 3 and 5 and before they could walk they loved TV. They take after their father. They don't watch it all day long and sometimes when they are playing it will be on, but they are not even focusing on it.

Like your kids K W, mine are smart and advanced as well. I tend to think that some of the shows they have watched have helped them.

Alicia - posted on 03/14/2012




My Daughter will be 3 tomorrow and she is a TV addict but she tells me when she wants to go outside and do other stuff she'll get up and have me turn the tv to a music station and dance or play a puzzle or turn it off and go outside and play if its nice. She is also very smart she was a late speaker and her half brother who is 2 weeks older was talking real good then when they turned two she just starting taking in paragraphs she'll tell stories so she is not the TV makes u stupid kind of kid she watches only good cartoons like Umizumi and dora.

Sandy - posted on 03/14/2012




My daughter likes watching TV. She also loves going outside to play. I am not overly concerned. I work from home online everyday, so she also likes to use her laptop a lot.

I think she learned a lot from the educational TV cartoons she watched. She was slow to speak. I didn't want to be one of those moms who plopped her kid in front of the TV, but I wasn't able to communicate with her in a way she'd learn to speak herself. She understood, but the words just weren't happening. Educational TV shows helped her to speak. And as the joke and reality goes, she never shuts up now. Ha ha!

As long as there is a good balance of activities, the kids should be good to go. ☺

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We don't have 'tv', but my kids love to watch movies. There are days that are pretty much 'movie days' and days where we aren't at home and it never goes on. 'Average' is a movie during dinner time the 5 days/week that we are actually HOME at dinner time. My son (almost 4) does pretty much watch movies all day on Fridays (the only week day he is home w/ me), but he's also doing other stuff during the movies unless he is super tired.

Dawn - posted on 03/14/2012




Ofcourse my son does! My son will turn 3 in June and he has his favorite shows on Nick. Jr that he really enjoys watching, but he luvs to play outside just as much. I think its a healthy balance. Every parent is different and we all have our opinions on whats right and what's wrong this is mine.

Katherine - posted on 03/13/2012




Mine are addicts. They would watch all day if I let them. I only let them watch a few hours.

Brittney - posted on 03/13/2012




Mine used to watch a little tv so I could do dishes or clean the house. Then we moved into our own house and didn't have tv, so she enjoyed playing with her toys more, then for Christmas we got a digital box to watch PSB kids, create, and news channels. She became a tv addict. when you turned off the tv, she would turn it right back on. After that no tv, just one movie every night before it is bedtime.

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