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Hello ~

I was reading on this site today all the bad things people had to say about tv watching. I totally agree that tv watching is not healthy for our sweet little one's brains. However, we recently received a Wiggles DVD as a gift and we have let him watch it a little bit at a time. He abolutely loves it! He gets this huge smile on face, stands up and moves around. Do any of you think that some singing and dancing could be good for him? I sing and dance with him and he just loves it.

Many Blessings ~ Rachel
 

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I think forbidding it just makes it more enticing. The big thing at our house is Sesame Street--"cookie!" and "Elmo!"
I do let him watch that. And his signing DVD sometimes. Those are the only 2 things he REALLY LIKES watching--that and the Fraggle DVD I found at the library this week. (That was for ME and to see if ds would like it LOL)
What I'm NOT doing is buying DVD's of Sesame for him or taping it. We might get one at the library on occasion, but other than that he's got to wait till it's on to watch.
 

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We like the Wiggles in our house.
Too much and I may start to go insane, but I really appreciate that they are so genuinely geared toward kids - no sly "adult" references to entertain parents, no "educational" stuff that's boring for kids, never a hint that they don't love what they're doing. They are just four regular guys who play rock music and love kids and want to entertain them. (My mind is still boggled by the fact that three of them met in Early Childhood Education studies. How many male musicians aspire to be preschool teachers?)

Also, Greg is kind of cute.
 

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I have no problem with the wiggles... my kids don't get much TV time, but I don't mind admitting that my kids 'wiggling' away in the living room have been the only thing thats allowed me to get supper cooked.
They are sweet, dorky guys who obviously like kids. OK in my book. The only thing that sucks is when you get a wiggles song stuck in your head *where's jeff?*
 

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we kept tv more minimal when dd was smaller, but she always loved sesame street & signing time. those were her 2 shows (we're so loving tivo!). now it's lazytown & dora. i don't mind when the shows get her up & dancing- it's very cute. she'll sing the lazytown songs ALL day now!
: i think if they don't drive you nuts, then have fun with it!
 

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My ds hates the wiggles for some reason. If i put it on he cries! The only shows he watches are Thomas the Train and Peanuts.
 

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We limit the TV and go many days without her watching it at all. We have a couple Wiggle DVDs. My DD loves them and sings and dances along.

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DD loves the wiggles. I try to put 6 mo ds where he can't see it b/c I don't want him to be overstimulated.

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used to like them before they went Disney-especially their it's a wiggly wiggly world dvd. Have so many fond memories of doing Taba Naba with dd, and loved the Split Enz guy's song. My second daughter doesn't like them.
 

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My 22 mo DD
the Wiggles! I freely admit that we're not very strict about the whole TV thing though.
I really love that they encourage a lot of dancing and singing along. The music doesn't drive me too insane either. I also really like that when they talk or sing about food they do songs like "Fruit Salad" and "Cold Spaghetti, Mashed Banana, Hot Potato".

Our library has loads of their CD's & VHS tapes. Also, if you have a Once Upon a Child around you they often have used tapes for like $1 each. I do buy videos for DD because we prefer tapes or DVD's over TV. The tapes & DVD's end...TV doesn't.


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We don't do any TV. I'm of the opinion that it's better to sing and dance with a real live person then with an electronic device. There's no need to FORBID it b/c he's only 18 months old and he doesn't ask. When he gets old enough to request it I'll deal with it then and I'm sure we can find a compromise. But I'm certainly not going to turn it on for him. As a result he has no idea who Elmo, Thomas, or Dora is b/c he's never seen them (and thus cannot request them). The only way my young toddler would know who they were is if *I tuned on the TV and changed the channel for him. I'm sure everything is fine in moderation but I'm not going to encourage TV watching by putting in a movie or turning on the TV any more than I encourage eating junk food by opening the package and giving it to him. I read yesterday that the average child watches 22-28 hours of TV a week. That's more TV then SLEEP. I'm sure I'll be dealing with this when he's older so I'm sure not going to bring it on myself. But then again we didn't get a TV until I was almost 17 so I'm used to it not being around and don't really have much need for it.
 

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The Wiggles are fun! My dd also gets up and dances to it. We find the cd's are just as joyful and fun too, if you want to avoid screen time.
 

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We're another no TV family. I don't think the problems arise at this point- it's when the Wiggles lead to another Wiggles DVD which leads to the show, which leads to the toys and clothes he'll want, which leads to another TV show he might want to watch, which leads to begging and more TV.... see where I'm going? It takes a lot of energy and thought to stop the ball from rolling away once the kids realize they "love TV". In a few months when the "I want!" tantrums really swing into full gear, it's easy to say "Fine!" and snap on the TV when they "demand" their favorite show instead of weathering yet another storm to drag them away. It seems to be the tip of the iceberg- a cute harmless toddler show that somehow, over the next year or two, tumbles into the TV culture. In addition, toddlers seem to view TV actively, but pre-schoolers start to "sit down" and the dancing and singing stops and the seditary watching begins. Not to mention that the TV itself- not even considering the content or how you interact with your child- has been linked to ADHD (http://www.whitedot.org/issue/iss_st...HD%20Toddlers). There are lots of Wiggles CD's out there and dancing is great! Personally, we'd rather dance and sing on our own or to a CD
. My 23 month old is TV free and he dances and sings to the music between NPR segments
! They just love to dance- it doesn't have to be encouraged by a made-for-toddlers product. Give them music, smile and shake your fanny and you've got a dance program a million times better than a DVD
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Originally Posted by edswife
I read yesterday that the average child watches 22-28 hours of TV a week. That's more TV then SLEEP.
Uh, 22-28 hours a week is 3-4 hours a day. I sure hope the average child is sleeping more than that.

I agree that it's too much though. My 16 mo watches a 45-minute Wiggles video a few times a week, and he usually wanders off in the middle of it. We watch movies once in a while, but he ignores the stuff we're watching.
 

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Quote:
I read yesterday that the average child watches 22-28 hours of TV a week. That's more TV then SLEEP.
I love that quote--so much that I use it in my signature. But, the statistic is actually that it's more time on any activity OTHER than sleep. Still, pretty scary.
 

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Well, I will be the voice of opposition here.

I don't like the Wiggles, therefore DD doesn't know who they are.

I just really dislike kiddie-bands. I find their music to be condescending, both in lyrics and tune. Personally, I object to the over-the-top costumes (ok, maybe not so much the Wiggles with the costumes, but the Doodlepops is a great example) and patronizing personas. It's all too phoney for me. Plus, I hate the commercialism of these kinds of groups and characters. The shows, the videos, the toys, the clothes, ugh! Where does it end? It feels to fake and mass produced...even the music.

I just really hate the sing-songy voices and baby talk I feel these kinds of acts use. I love exposing DD to various kinds of music (jazz, rock, oldies, classical, bluegrass, jam) but I personally can't tolerate kiddie music.

Plus, we're pretty much a no-tv house, so it hasn't been an issue.
 

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My son LOVES the Wiggles. I can't tell you how much their music gets into my head when I am trying to sleep, but I allow them probably once a day. When I put them on, I try to be involved and sing and dance with my son, I don't really use them to "babysit".

Okay, maybe once or twice while cooking or cleaning-don't tell anyone- lol!

I got a free music cd that features the Wiggles, but my son could care less about it, he really enjoys watching them sing and play their instruments. He really likes the concert part when they show children in the audience dancing.

I don't see the harm in letting a child have a little commercial-free tv time (I have tivo, so we haven't had to watch a commercial in years) that is not complete passive junk. Moderation is key here. My ds couldn't sit long enough to watch anything on tv for more than 10 minutes anyway!
 
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