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Poll Results: what is your household TV MO?

 
  • 8% (29)
    TV free, no TV ever
  • 23% (81)
    TV limited, but we do the occassional movie or show
  • 33% (116)
    we limit but watch something everyday
  • 14% (49)
    we are aware, but don't really limit, we just like to do other things more
  • 16% (57)
    we don't limit usage, but we do police the content
  • 4% (17)
    no limits on it at all
349 Total Votes  
post #21 of 144
Are you asking in terms of putting on a show specifically for your kid? Or just having it on for you when DC happens to be in a room?

We have the tv on a lot, but not for DS and he really doesn't pay much attention to it. And honestly, if it were up to me, I probably would hardly ever turn it on at all. When I was home with DS I hardly ever had the tv on during the day.... maybe once every 2 weeks I would put on a talk show for an hour and say to myself, "Look at me! I'm a stereotypical SAHM watching a talk show! Cool!"

At night DH always has the tv on (and I am much more likely to watch, too.)

Every morning I do turn on the weather channel for a few minutes. DS likes the music they play in the background of the doppler radar.

We NEVER put on a show specifically for DS. Maybe twice he and I watched PBS cartoons for a few minutes, but that's all. SIL and BIL keep trying to get us into Baby Einstein, but I could care less about that stuff. DS is learning plenty by trying to eat my measuring cups all the time.
post #22 of 144
Whoa, ANY television is too much for a 20month old. And yours gets up to 5 hours a day?!

Here's the AAP explaining why they say NO tv for kids under 2yo. http://www.aap.org/sections/media/toddlerstv.htm
post #23 of 144
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Originally Posted by New View Post
Whoa, ANY television is too much for a 20month old. And yours gets up to 5 hours a day?!

Here's the AAP explaining why they say NO tv for kids under 2yo. http://www.aap.org/sections/media/toddlerstv.htm
I presume this was directed at me, not the OP, but if you read my post correctly, you'll notice that I'm perfectly aware that he's watching far too much TV, and I'm concerned about it. But thank you for your constructive advice on how to improve the situation.

Incidentally, since I don't live in America, I couldn't care less what the AAP thinks, and my son is 2.5, not under 2.
post #24 of 144
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Originally Posted by Peppermint Poppies View Post
I presume this was directed at me, not the OP, but if you read my post correctly, you'll notice that I'm perfectly aware that he's watching far too much TV, and I'm concerned about it. But thank you for your constructive advice on how to improve the situation.

Incidentally, since I don't live in America, I couldn't care less what the AAP thinks, and my son is 2.5, not under 2.
I was talking to the OP (who has a 20month old child watching Sesame Street every day, a soap opera most days, and a movie every day - 4 to 5 hours total), but glad my post helped you, too. After all, just because an Academy of Pediatrics is based in the U.S. doesn't mean their advice isn't relevant to Canadian kids. Their info can help you understand WHY tv is concerning. I see you edited your post to say he's mostly watching DVDs instead of tv, but if you Google a bit you'll see why that's just as alarming/dangerous for young brains - the content and ads aren't the only problem with screen time.

As for advice: turn it off.
post #25 of 144
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Originally Posted by New View Post
I was talking to the OP (20month old child who watch Sesame Street every day, a soap opera most days, and a movie every day - 4 to 5 hours total), but glad my post helped you, too. After all, just because an Academy of Pediatricians is based in the U.S. doesn't mean their advice isn't relevant to Canadian kids. Their info can help you understand WHY tv is concerning.
The OP didn't say a soap opera "most" days. She also didn't say a movie every day. And, if you add up Sesame Street, a soap opera, and a movie, you get somewhere between 3-4 hours, not 4-5 hours. She also didn't specify what kind of movie, and there are movies that come in at not much over an hour, as opposed to 2 or 2+.

It is a lot of tv, but it's not 5 hours.
post #26 of 144
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Originally Posted by Storm Bride View Post
The OP didn't say a soap opera "most" days. She also didn't say a movie every day. And, if you add up Sesame Street, a soap opera, and a movie, you get somewhere between 3-4 hours, not 4-5 hours. She also didn't specify what kind of movie, and there are movies that come in at not much over an hour, as opposed to 2 or 2+.

It is a lot of tv, but it's not 5 hours.
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Originally Posted by OP
I let DD(20mos.) watch sesame street every morning. I watch one soap opera a few times a week if I am putting her down for her nap(I hold her and she has her bottle). A lot of times when she wakes up from her nap she is very lazy and likes to watch a movie.
That is WAY too much tv. The right amount for OP's child is "none."
post #27 of 144
Abby was tv free until 2, then when I got pregnant, she watched 30-60 minutes per day. This went on until about 3 months ago (she is 4.5 now) and we started a Church Day Movie thing. So, right now, she only watches a movie once a week. I just had to DO it. Turn the thing off, and entertain her during dd2's nap time instead of putting a movie on. It was hard at first, but lo and behold, she started playing on her own MUCH more often!! Most Sundays she forgets about the movie anyway, so it's about 2-3 times per month. I'm amazed at how much even that 30 minutes per day was affecting her, and the difference I see now. She will happily play alone for an hour (during dd2's nap) in her room setting up her little doll house or her stuffies.
post #28 of 144
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Originally Posted by New View Post
I was talking to the OP (who has a 20month old child watching Sesame Street every day, a soap opera most days, and a movie every day - 4 to 5 hours total), but glad my post helped you, too. After all, just because an Academy of Pediatrics is based in the U.S. doesn't mean their advice isn't relevant to Canadian kids. Their info can help you understand WHY tv is concerning. I see you edited your post to say he's mostly watching DVDs instead of tv, but if you Google a bit you'll see why that's just as alarming/dangerous for young brains - the content and ads aren't the only problem with screen time.

As for advice: turn it off.
then I must have read the OP wrong. I thought it added up to more like one-two hrs, with the occasional movie. Also, I assumed the LO wasn't really watching the soap... at least mine would be in and out of the room, maybe glancing at it here and there.
post #29 of 144
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Originally Posted by New View Post
That is WAY too much tv. The right amount for OP's child is "none."
I never said it wasn't too much, or even way too much. I said it's not 5 hours.

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Originally Posted by Drummer's Wife View Post
then I must have read the OP wrong. I thought it added up to more like one-two hrs, with the occasional movie. Also, I assumed the LO wasn't really watching the soap... at least mine would be in and out of the room, maybe glancing at it here and there.
The OP later clarified that her dd often doesn't watch the whole "1:20 or whatever" of the movie. So, we're not talking 2 hour movies, and her dd often isn't watching the whole thing, either. The dd is also in and out of the room for much of Sesame Street.

I think this is too much tv (although, as I said, it's still less than what we frequently watch, but we're easing back), but it's nowhere near 5 hours a day. I know kids who watch 5 hours a day, or more, and their day is nothing like what's described in the OP.
post #30 of 144
I voted no tv ever, because my dd is 14 months old and never watches tv. I don't know when we will be introducing it, but I think at 20 months we will still be TV free. My dh wants to watch TV with her sometimes, but I said she is still too little.
post #31 of 144
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Originally Posted by New View Post
That is WAY too much tv. The right amount for OP's child is "none."
Well that may work for you, but that really wasn't what she was asking.

The only way I ever got a shower when DD was that age was the few minutes of Sesame Street. My DD is a very well developed child, and if that amount of tv has ruined her, well my bad.
post #32 of 144
My DS was watching too much tv (I'm guessing 2-3 hrs a day). But a couple of months ago I decided to cut back... and he hasn't really noticed! I realized that I was putting it on more to give ME a break! LOL The only thing he might ask to watch are his "animal movies" which are basically mini nature shows found on National Geographic Kids. The main consequence of that is that for the next couple of days I hear "mommy, did you know that fires ants can/brown bears eat/cheetahs can run up to"... etc etc LOL

I do regret introducing tv/dvds early to DS (why was everyone trying to convince me that Baby Einstein was the be all and end all??) but I don't think I've scarred him for life.
post #33 of 144
I think you will get many opinions on this. I am one of the ones that has Treehouse or Noggin or TVO kids playing in the background. That being said I grew up in a house with tv on all the time....Tyr doesn't sit staring at it all day...it is mostly background noise while he plays...he has lots of favorite shows and movies. We monitor what he watches (family movies and shows/educational kids programming, etc). We also have a dvd player in the car for long car rides....basically we are a very technology based family who allows tv/video games...but that isn't all lots of outdoor play, blocks, books, trains...etc!!

Oh yeah....we also love going to the Drive-In as a family too!!
post #34 of 144
My kids are 14 and 10 years old. They watch NO tv during the school week. They watch some on weekends. However, school just started up three days ago, and they watched A LOT of TV during summer holiday.

To the OP, I think what you describe is too much, but that's probably about how much tv my kids got when they were that age, as well. : So, I knew it was wrong but I did it anyway. :
post #35 of 144
We are TV free unless we're all sick, and then we'll occasionally watch a DVD. Sometimes dd watches nature programs at grandma's and I'm not comfortable with that. It's usually just 30 minutes or so and it probably happens maybe once a month. I am not a fan of TV at all.
post #36 of 144
My DS is 3.5 and watches about 45 minutes a day. He is slow to wake up and often cranky so the rule was always one show in the morning while he slowly wakes up and one when he gets up from his nap. Now that he is not napping he does "quiet time" for the first hour of DDs nap, then we do something together for 30 min or so and then he gets to watch another show. By show, I mean a prerecorded episode of a PBS show which turns out to be about 20-25 min long. Many days he does not ask for the second show though.

As far as too much TV, I think if depends on your kid. For some, 20 min is too much and hinders them while others might be okay with more. Just tune into your kid and if you think it is too much, pick a day, pick a boundry and implement!
post #37 of 144
If they're watching a movie every day, I'd say too much and cut the movie down to a few times/once a week. If it's a few times a week I'd say it might be a bit much, but it's realistic, especially if they're really active/interacting with you the rest of the time.. I think for 90% of people it's just not realistic for them to cut tv out totally. I take the AAp recommendation as don't plop your kids in front of teh TV and ignore them all day. But take what I say with a grain of salt b/c my 10 month old will sit still and watch 5-10 minutes of football game if it's on.
post #38 of 144
I limit, but we watch TV every day. OP--I don't think the amount you posted is out of control. My dd is 19 months and she watches Sesame Street in the morning. A lot of mornings ds (3.5) might watch Super Why (which comes on after Sesame Street) or Dora, and a couple times a week he will watch a movie in the afternoon. And I watch Dr. Phil or Oprah a couple times a week, and when dh comes home he watches the evening news. I'm not going to sequester my younger child or not allow my older one to watch Wall-E during his afternoon snack just because my dd watched Elmo that morning. I'm pretty sure they are going to come out of it alive

I think what is more important is whether you are spending non-screen time involved in enriching activities: outside play, art projects, baking, errands, free play, building blocks, reading... I always have Legos or blocks on the floor and paper/crayons on the little table so the kids can engage themselves in playing while they watch their shows.
post #39 of 144
My kids can choose to turn on Noggin between waking time and 8 am - so usually for an hour - before chores/breakfast/homeschool starts. No more the rest of the day unless (every once in a while) we allow one of their movies, or unless I'm using something specifically to teach (Discovery channel, Sid the Science Kid, Magic School Bus come to mind).

This is a BIG jump backwards for us, from being a tv-on-demand family, which we started cold-turkey at the beginning of the month when we started homeschooling. As background, we were overseas for years, where there was no English tv, and we owned a selection of kids' dvds we were comfortable with. Upon returning to the US, preschool took up a large part of the kids' waking days, leaving little tv time. But in the summers ... addiction built and grew, and attitudes were TERRIBLE! After fixing up their school/activity room, and filling it with all kinds of wonderful stuff, I'm amazed to report that they play together SO MUCH BETTER, and that there have LITERALLY only been 2-3 requests for tv ALL MONTH! Limiting has been a wonderful thing for us - I'm embarrassed we didn't do it sooner.

Only you can really determine if it's too much for you - ours had definitely gotten to be too much for us.
post #40 of 144
I don't think it is too much... I think a great many people put too much emphasis on whether you should or shouldn't watch TV. Do what feels right for you. I think every child responds differently to tv and every family has different needs. My dd sometimes watches a lot of tv and sometimes doesn't. I have never really restricted her... we have no tv issues, no emotion surrounding the tv, this strategy works for us. I am lucky in that I do not have a kid who zones out totally. She engages in the stories but sometimes colors or dances or plays in front of the tv too....
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