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post #41 of 48

My 3 year old watches TV several days a week for a few hours at a time. Our TV is a streaming TV- no commercials on his programming at all. And I limit what he is allwed to watch. PBS Kids, PBS and Nick Jr. shows on Netflix. I do NOT allow my son to see Disney ANYTHING, as the gender and race crap is AWFUL. Horrible indoctrination there that I would rather he not get.

post #42 of 48
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Originally Posted by Lillitu View Post
I do NOT allow my son to see Disney ANYTHING

Clearly no Disney trips in your future...What exactly is the race/gender issue you see with Disney (that isn't present just about everywhere else in the real world, aka "equal opportunity")? 

post #43 of 48
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Originally Posted by sassyfirechick View Post

Clearly no Disney trips in your future...What exactly is the race/gender issue you see with Disney (that isn't present just about everywhere else in the real world, aka "equal opportunity")? 

Some of the stereotypes in Disney movies are just plain awful, especially in the older ones. Also, the whole "princess" thing is really Disney driven. It's like girls are supposed to be one way and boys are supposed to be another. It's pretty awful IMO.

Not sure what the equal opportunity thing means.
post #44 of 48
Actually I think some of the Nick Jr stuff is pretty devoid of content. Lillitu, check out the show Imagination Movers. Your son might really like it, it's a Disney Jr show! Also Doc Mcstuffins is about as far away from race and gender stereotypes as you can get!!
post #45 of 48
I really like Charlie and Lola on Disney Jr. We do watch it sometimes over here. I like Nick Jr. a little better. But not much!
post #46 of 48

Nickalodeon anything was the first banned channel in our house - interestingly my mother also hated it and banned us from watching it as kids and I can remember sneaking the channel on to watch some shows and looking back they've always had horrible programming... I don't treat my LO like a princess so I don't see a problem with watching shows like Sophia the First - she watches just as much Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Jake & the Neverland Pirates and prefers toy cars and planes to dress-up, so tv shows don't define the kid gender-wise.  Maybe falling for the propaganda in stores and buying the merchandising that goes along with *being* a princess, but certainly not just from watching a 22 minute show.

post #47 of 48

DD is 3.5 yrs old and she watches maybe 2 hrs TV a day, depending on how busy we are. Luckily I am able to stay home, but with no transportation and not being near a bus stop, I have periods during the day where if I can't take a 25 min break and read on my Kindle I tend to get very anxious and moody (diagnosed Bi-polar II and GAD for 12 years) If things with my mental health were better and I had more energy (I take multiple B-complex vitamins, iron, and folic acid to aid in iron absorption, also diagnosed anemic) I would feel more comfortable not having TV. This is one of those situations where, IMO, you have to do what works for you and your fam. I agree that the negatives may outweigh the positives in general; including taking the time to know about what your kids are watching, or watching it with them to make sure the program is appropriate for your child and your boundaries, and taking time out of free play or other learning activities that would potentially benefit your child more, etc. But for our unconventional lifestyle, where my fiancee is working and we live with my parents who watch a LOT of TV, it *is* nice to keep myself calmer throughout the day in order to be a better and attentive parent to my child. When my mental health problems flare up, despite my treatment with a great therapist, psychiatrist and overall health team, it is incredibly difficult to devote my entire day to my sweet girl without having a meltdown myself. We do great when she can have some quiet time. I did try audiobooks but she just loves her Umizoomi super shapes, and helping answer the hint questions on Blue's Clues. If DD wasn't so into the shows and participating, I would question whether she was benefitting vs. losing out on time spent doing arguably better things. I think you should find something that works for you and your comfort level. And please remember that taking even 20 minutes to yourself during the day while your child plays or has the opportunity to watch TV can give you tremendous emotional benefits and less stress to be Mom. <3

post #48 of 48

I have a 5 year old, a almost 3 year old and a 6 month old.  DD1 had NO tv till 2 then just special occasions till 2.5 when she watched 20 min a day... that caused lots of problems, so we now do TV friday and let both bigger kids watch around 40 min of tv that day... much less behavior issues.  DD2 has befen watching the friday tv night since a little before 2 years.  DS is out with the family when we do TV Friday, so I am sure it will just be that he watches when he becomes interested.  

 

We also use it if we need to really get something done.... like packing for a trip for example... or clean up for a party.  

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