HELP!!! 22 month old addicted to Mickey Mouse

Ashley - posted on 01/29/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )




When my daughter was younger, I would let her watch Mickey Mouse in the mornings so I could get a cup of coffee in me and her breakfast made. It was a necessary 30-minute morning ritual that has turned into a real problem. Now, we still rely on the cartoon in the mornings so Mom can wake up, but she wants to watch it all the time now! The second she wakes up, it's not "Hi Momma" she's screaming MICKEY! after nap, when we get home from being out, after bath time... She won't play with her toys while she watches either; she zones out. She doesn't even want to play with toys anymore. As soon as she see's our big screen (which can't practically be hidden) she wants to watch Mickey and throws a tantrum if we don't give in. Last night, she woke up at 2am and since we are trying to ween from the bottle, she was mad and insisted on watching Mickey then too!!! It has gotten to the point where I am not sure how to adjust the behavior. I don't mind her watching a little TV so I can get stuff done around the house, but this is really getting outta hand. Does anyone else feel they are loosing a battle against kids TV? Can anyone offer advice that can help me? Thanks!


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User - posted on 02/10/2013




Just a follow up for everyone- took all your advice and I really have seen some improvement. I really liked the "its broken" comment; she didn't buy it. I LOVED IT THOUGH. Now I have just been letting her cry. I am realizing that she is at that age where she is going to be testing me. UGH! Where did the time go?! I can't just coddle her anymore- time for tough Momma. Right?

Kayla - posted on 01/31/2013




I agree with the other replies, let her watch for a little bit then turn it off. She is only 2, she will throw a fit, but she will get over it. As a mom it is hard to have that tough love, but in the end you are doing them a favor

Cleaver - posted on 01/30/2013




try turning off the tv and tell her its broken, we have to do that with my brother when we find he watches too much

User - posted on 01/29/2013




I have a 21 month old son. The best advice my mom ever gave me is that that crying can break ears but it wont break spirits. I know it is hard but what you are going to have to do is let her scream it out. Start out the night before and let her know at bedtime that something different is going to happen tomorrow, but let her know how you need her to be a big girl. That next morning let her watch a little tv, when you feel she has almost had enough start a count down "ok Princess 10 more minutes and mickey has to go bye bye." do this again at 5 minutes and so on. Then the hardest part is turn the tv off. She will throw a temper tantrum but you need to be firm and say no. She will cry and carry on, what you need to do is safely ignore her behavior. Try distracting her with something else, maybe something new or different. Eventually she will get tired of crying and make the decision to either cry herself to sleep or find something else to do. The key is to do it every morning and be consistent. Try changing the shows up , but keep to the same routine. Hope this Helped!

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