I'm having a huge problem

Sofia - posted on 02/21/2012 ( 37 moms have responded )

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So my son is 2 yrs old and he loves the lion king he always ask for me to put it on. He loves to watch t.v only nick jr. but I'm scared if I keep letting him watch t.v and movies like he does he'll develop adhd. I dont want that to happen then its cold outside so I try to do inside stuff with him but I'm still worried and I do take him out for walks also. Please help me out

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Jane - posted on 02/21/2012

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ADHD is not caused by watching too much television. It is genetic - parents with ADHD have children with ADHD.

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Studies indicating that TV causes ADHD are not solid, however, they have shown that too much TV at early ages does change the way their brains function. The quick starts and stops and commercials are the main negative culprits, so stick to commercial free programming.



Also, Try playing music in the room. One of the worst things to do is to have the TV on as "background noise" because of the way it continuously divides their attention and inhibits imaginative play because they are following a story line; however, a completely quiet house can be unsettling for young kids. Chances are, if you pay music, he will ask for the movie less often.



Lastly, when he asks for the movie, put it in, but as soon as you notice he is doing something else, turn it off. Most young kids don't have the attention span to sit through an entire show, much less a movie, so if you turn it off when he signals he's done, he really won't watch that much.

Summer - posted on 02/22/2012

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We use TV more than we like, but it's amazing how much it interferes with my kiddos ability to play independently. We will get in a habit of slowly letting them watch more and more (I should say videos as we rarely let them watch TV) and then I will cut it out cold turkey. The first two days are pretty tough but day three is AMAZING. My son will make up all these incredibly imaginative games and entertain himself for hours. TV kills imagination.



As far as programs/videos we are very selective about what we let the boys watch. Nothing scary or violent. Mostly educational.

Signing Time

Leap Frog

Baby Einstein

Berenstien Bears

Blues Clues

Etc.

Michelle - posted on 02/21/2012

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Children with ADHD cannot focus long enough to watch a 2 hour movie like the lion king. If your child had it they would be bouncing off the walls and unable to sit for long periods of time. To much tv can however over stimulate a child and make it difficult to sleep and can cause obeseity because the children are not active. If you are worried about too much tv exposure then turn it off and find something else to do with your little one.

Rosie - posted on 02/21/2012

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all my kids like watching tv a lot and they do really well in school. they liked watching tv since they were babys. i dont think it would be a problem

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Heather - posted on 04/03/2012

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I agree - excessive tv does not cause ADHD. My 2.5 twins stay at home with my father-in-law and watch way more TV then I'd prefer them to. Why don't you try turning off the TV and sitting down on the floor to read, build with blocks, color etc. I "try" to do this with my kids when I get home - sometimes I need to plunk them in front of the tv so i can get dinner ready.

Jamie - posted on 04/02/2012

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Sofia,

Even at two years old you have got to set limits. I am not an expert but I do not think he will develop ADHD from watching too much TV. My son has ADHD and its not from TV. Watching too much TV can cause other developmental issues like speech delay, and a lack of social skills. Setting limits will help him to learn that you are in charge and not him. Since he loves Lion King so much use it as a reward. Rewarding your child for positive behaviors is a great way to reinforce those things you want him to do. Talk with your pediatrician about your concerns, but try to limit the TV watching to an hour a day at the most.

Nataschia - posted on 03/26/2012

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Also by watching sesame street letters and number with my kids they knew them before a year old and they colors by 2 and animals before turning 2 as well as shapes by 2 they were singing entire nursery rhymes and because of baby einstien they know a lot of words in other languages and artists and famous composers which is great because I'm going to be an art historian

Nataschia - posted on 03/26/2012

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My kids watch tv a lot they get an occasional Disney movie or something but as long as it is educational if I'm busy sesame street or blues clues are great for keeping them occupied interested as well as learning stuff that's far more creative then I can think of a lot of times

Brandi - posted on 03/25/2012

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OMG your son will not get ADHD from watching t.v. that is not one of the symptoms of ADHD the symptoms is if your child is very hyper like not sitting still or paying attention or he/she might watch cars for ex. and then for the first 5 seconds get up and want to do something different they will not want to do anything boring like write or read they need your full attention all the time and the only time you ever get him or her to calm down is when they are asleep yes i am telling you this through experience my beautiful son is ADHD but he can not take any meds. for it because he has seizures but know your son can not get ADHD from watching to much t.v. if you worry that he has ADHD then the best thing to do is take him to his Dr.

Jennifer - posted on 03/23/2012

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ok watching tv is not gonna give him adhd

you'll just been giving him a false sense of reality I moved from sacramento CA to Rathdrum Idaho in 08 and since then I have not had a tv antenna or cable or satilight in my house yeah its cruel to youll but you will see a different kid and different you i have had my friends do it for 2 weeks and they have seen there kids grades go up they way they pay attention and it makes the kids use there imagination and talk ur the mommy say no its not going to hurt them I live in northern idaho winter gets cold like -0 ot 15 in the day time i have a 9 year old with adhd thats on meds lol if ur kid gets old like age 5 you can have him tested for adhd

Iris - posted on 03/22/2012

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No a child cannot get adhd from watching television to much ! ADHD is a chemical embalance in the brain . My older son has had it since he was a young child. He inherited from his real mom's side of the family. At that age , if it keeps him busy and keeps him from getting into trouble then that is a good thing. But once he gets a little older, stop him from watching tv so much..

Anika - posted on 03/10/2012

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Wow, you cannot get ADHD from watching TV. It's not something you just suddenly get, it's genetic and you are born with it, as others have said. I believe my son has it (as his dad did) and he cannot sit still for almost anything.

I do let him watch TV, or it's on while he's playing. As long as it's not all the time and you are spending quality time with him I wouldn't worry about it.

Deborah - posted on 03/08/2012

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Don't worry about it! seriously... it's cold out, TV is what happens during the colder months. My kids LOVE their tv shows, and Nick Jr is educational, so he's learning something on every show he watches, whether he realizes it or not.



My kids watch a lot of TV, too much i think, but they still love to play outside, they still love it when I read books and play with them. As long as that isn't the ONLY thing your child is doing, then there's nothing to worry about :) Once the weather warms up I'm sure you'll be playing with him outside more than when he watches TV. I prefer outside play, it wears my kids out like a CHARM and bedtime is never a fight when they have the chance for outdoor activities.



My kids about drive me crazy if they don't get to watch TV for at least a little while every day. Maybe that's bad but it still lets me get housework done uninterrupted, and for that I will accept a little bit of TV addiction.

Zee - posted on 03/08/2012

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I say everything in moderation. Set aside time each day for one or two of his favourite shows and them encourage him to play outside and do other things. He may not enjoy the routine change but once he gets used to it, he will love it. Most kids thrive on a good dependable routine. good luck!

Jolene - posted on 03/08/2012

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Give him a schedule for when he can watch tv or his movie. I would say dont worry to much but then I'm not an expert. So if you are worried talk to your doctor. Just try sticking to a schedule tho maybe first to see if that works. Set time for play indoor & outdoor when possible, and time for t.v or movie. I had my children watch their movie or t.v while they had snack time, or movie before a nap. ( they always fell asleep during the movie if I picked the right time). So give that a try an see and if it doesnt make you feel any better then ask your doctor when he or she thinks.

Sofia - posted on 03/07/2012

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Lol ok some of you guys are going way to far with this my son and I spend alot of time together Im a stay at home mom for goodness sake. He asks me to put on the his fav movies and shows for him all the time and I wanted to no if it causes adhd. Not me spending enough time with my baby please dont assume that thank you.

Julie - posted on 03/06/2012

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Watching movies will not cause ADHD ...but itme alone with mommie, reading, eating and playing games develops a closeness you will only have a short while as they really do grow up quickly.



♥ Sit close to him (on your lap is nice) and enjoy ...

Chelsea - posted on 03/06/2012

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my two and a half year old loves nick jr, and disney jr. around when she just turned two, i realized.. dang... that tv is practically her babysitter, and two, im sick and tired of watching these frickin cartoons lol. so, unless i just need her to be sitting in one area for a bit of time, she watches about 3 of her favorite shoes in the morning as she eats her cereal, after that, i turn it off, or to what im watching. she wasn't happy about it when i first started doing this, but it got her mind going else where, and using what those shows were teaching her, such as pretending, and princesses and tea party's and coloring in books that look like her favorite shows, and finding the reading books that looked like her shows to, she can entertain herself a new way now, and i use the show as a way to wake her up in the morning, and before her bed time i let her watch 2 shows, usually wow wow wubzzy, to wind her down for the night. she's two, theres so many things these days that keep a kid entertained, that its hard to keep up with what you should and shouldnt use. im not the type to make tea parties for alllll the little girls.. well mainly because its only boys that are her age at the moment, and im not the the type that has a craft for every time of the day and week. i try, but i'm no martha. as long as your trying, your doing great. but maybe its time to start limiting and teaching the tv isn't the only thing to entertain yourself. good luck!

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My daughters like watching Disney movies and disney junior. i don't see a problem with some tv especially educational shows. Super Why used to be one of my oldest daughters favorite shows. It started her love with letters and words very early. Singing the alphabet by 2 and by 3 she knew what all the letters looked like and sounded like. She will be 4 in 2 months and she writes her name and her sisters names. Spells tons of words. But it is the love and interest in it always asking me how to spell things that she doesn't know how to. She has loved watching tv since she was 4 months old.

I would monitor how much tv is being watched and definately content too. But watching fun stuff to like lion king or princesses (my daughters favorites) is alright sometimes. Let them be kids.

Carol - posted on 03/05/2012

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If you let your son watching TV without supervision it would be as bad as if you let him eat a lot ofjunk foof.



ADHD is not a matter of the amount of time you spend in front of TV. And I know what I'm talking about because I have ADHD and I'm a teacher who is always reading about this topic.



If you're worried about to try some indoor activities with your kid maybe you should search on the web. You could make some Treasure Hunting and make him a map with pics of places where he could (safely) search and you must be there to guide him.



I hope you could spend a lot of funny time with your son.

Amy - posted on 03/04/2012

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They will go through stages of wanting the same thing over and over because it's familiar. It's comforting. It's like when they ask to read the same book over and over.



I have 5 kids. My oldest is 15 and my youngest is 6. There is nothing wrong with letting them watch something that you approve of and they like. It's a stage. It will pass.



Suggestion: if he asks to watch the movie and it's not a good time, then say, "ok, we can watch it after we do...____". And engage in an activity with him.



If he likes the Lion King, maybe you can find coloring pages or activities to do with him after or before the movie.



Trust me, he'll be ok. Next month, it will something else. Embrace this time that he loves this and work with it!



The fact that you are concerned, makes you a good mom.

Amanda - posted on 03/04/2012

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My son loves to watch tv and play on the XBox360. I just try to limit how long he watches at one time. In fact, he is actually beginning to wean himself from the tv (he's almost 2.5). Yesterday, he asked me to come and play with him. Obviously, you need to do what you feel is best for your child, but you might find breaking up tv with other activities is fun for the both of you.

Emily - posted on 03/03/2012

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Use the computer to research the effects of too much tv and not to chat with other non-educated mom's about it. :) No offense moms.... but we are all sharing our opinions, not factual research. :)

Sara - posted on 03/03/2012

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My kids love watching TV. Mainly Disney Junior, which is almost 90% educational type shows. My 2.5 year old has loved watching TV since he was about 4 months old, and he knows his ABC's (not the song, the recognition by sight and sound and saying the letters), counts up to 10 and knows his colours. I bought him pre-school workbooks, and he will take the time out of his day, stop playing and actually go pick it up and sit there "studying" it. TV in my opinion will not make him develop ADHD. My 1 year old is also a huge fan of TV and he can wave hi and bye, say enough words to communicate who or what he wants and many other things.

Glo - posted on 02/29/2012

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Watching tv does not give kids ADHD. Children do not contract ADHD. They are either born with it or they aren't. Most children with ADHD can not sit long enough to even watch tv for very long. The do not have a long enough attention span and they are too hyper to sit for very long. That's why it's called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.



I see nothing wrong with children watching tv.....but it also depends on WHAT they are watching. My children always loved watching Sesame Street. We didn't have Nick Jr back then. By the time they were 3 years old they could all recite their alphabet, count to 10 and recognized most letters and numbers when they saw them and knew most of the sounds each letter made. They knew most of their colors and shapes also.

Tracie - posted on 02/24/2012

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WHAT they watch on TV is way more important than IF they watch TV. Long storylines (like Lion King), interactive learning shows and music programs are always a good bet. My kids also LOVED watching home movies, too. They never got tired of it.

Carol - posted on 02/24/2012

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If you're are really worried then it's because you know it's not a good idea let them watch so much TV. I let them play with educative computer games with characteres from TV and that helped them to focus and to learn. Like everything else, you must guide them and be there to watch.

Natasha - posted on 02/23/2012

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I think as long as its education programs I dont see a problem. My son is also 2and he has learned so much from super why and caillou. He loves finding nemo and kung fu panda. The only thing I kinda dont like is that he tries to fight like the panda. as for nemo its actually helping him memory becausr he knows whats going to happend before it does. Your doing fine. dont think your not a gpod parent because you let your child watch tv. I mean im sure you watched tv when you were young do you have adhd. (i really cant stand that whole adha thing) theres no such thing. Its jist a nice way to say that your child is bored anf wants to learn something new.

Jenna - posted on 02/23/2012

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So limit him to watching it once per day and maybe one hour of Nick, Jr. and then the rest of the day needs to be engaged in other things. That is still quite a bit of screen time, but I think it will be okay. I have gone on and off with the amount of screen time I give my kids and have since they were little and they've all been fine.

Tiffany - posted on 02/23/2012

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my daughter is the same except she watches mickey mouse club house but she doesnt watch it 24/7 nothing wrong with letting your kids watch tv heck my son is only 6 months and sometimes the only way i can get him to stop crying is to turn mickey on but thats the only cartoon my kids watch they dont or wont watch anything else

Ruby - posted on 02/22/2012

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My daughter, 3, and her two cousins, 5 and 2 absolutely love the lion king, and can sing and recite almost the whole movie... She also loves nick Jr and has.learned a lot from it... That aside she can hold an intelligent conversation with a person of any age, she excels in preschool, she speaks Spanish, English, and sign language and can sit through a boring 2 hour meeting wo making a peep... What I'm saying is its not the tv or movies that cause adhd... The right programming in moderation can be quite beneficial... If you are worried I would do what someone else suggested and cut the tv off and cut on some music.... Keep your child busy but not over stimulated... Hope that helps

User - posted on 02/22/2012

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ADHD does not come from watching too much tv, so ease your mind about that. What you may want to think about is "what other educational and fun things can my child do instead of watching tv?"

I think some tv is fine. It sounds like you are picking age appropriate shows. The problem becomes when you have children become DEPENDANT on tv to entertain them and they can not find anything else to entertain them. Children become limited. And who wants that?

There's a whole world out there to be explore beyond tv. (When is the last time your child build something out of legos and not made tv his priority?)

Dont cheat your child of the experience of good old fashion play. Balance is key

Bonnie - posted on 02/21/2012

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Both my boys watch a fair bit of tv. Just because it is on it doesn't mean they are always focusing on it though. I have found that my boys have learned quite a bit from it. As long as it's not things they shouldn't be watching and it's not the entire time they are awake.

Stifler's - posted on 02/21/2012

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I agree too much tv is bad but it does not mean your kid is definitely going to get ADHD from watching tv.

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