Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Hampshire County, WV
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i would definitely not allow free range. during times when we've been sick or whatever and we're feeling too sick to do much but veg in front of the TV for a couple of days, it's always *torturous* keeping them away from the TV for weeks afterwards. IME (myself and with the kids) the more you watch, the more you want to watch.
i think 30 minutes a day sounds reasonable, though i don't think there's anything wrong with an occasional movie either, which of course is longer than that. perhaps if she wants to watch a movie she can build up the time by giving up the 30 minutes a couple of days in a row?
i personally could not handle being asked all the time, that would drive me insane. perhaps if there was a specific time of day that she was allowed it would cut out the asking? for my DD it is during her little brother's nap time, which is 'quiet time' for her. not always does she watch TV or a movie, but that's when it happens, usually. or else as a family in the evenings we'll sometimes watch a movie together. and i must confess in the winter sometimes or on rainy days when it's been raining for days we sometimes watch more. i don't have any hard and fast rules about it, i just ask DD to turn it off when i feel it's been long enough.
but in the end i think whatever feels right to you is what you should do. everyone has different feelings about how much is too much, and ultimately it's up to you and your DD to figure it out.