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So, everyone I know who has a toddler tells me how much their child loves watching Dora or Mickey or Max and Ruby or whatever. Well, my lo won't watch tv for more than a minute and then she's off to something more interesting. (Unless of course there are animals involved, but once the animal is off the screen, she's off to do whatever.) Don't get me wrong, I'm glad she doesn't stare at the tv like a zombie but sometimes I just need her to keep herself occupied for 10 min while I wash dishes or something.<br>
I'm just wondering how normal is it for a kid to not be interested in Elmo? Does anyone else have a child that just doesn't want to watch tv?
 

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I think some toddlers are just too busy being on the go, doing things and running around to really stop, pause and watch TV. Their attention span is just too short. I'm not a mom, but the 2 year old I nanny for is the same way. He just doesn't care about the TV. If I turn it on for him, he will even get up and turn it off and say he doesn't want to watch! lol. He would much rather be playing with his toys, me, his siblings, the cat, basically anything besides the TV. I do think it is normal.
 

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How old is your DD? Mine is almost 20 months and only recently would watch TV for more than a couple seconds. We don't have the TV in our main room so that we don't watch a lot of TV and she's never really watched TV. When we'd go to people's houses, their kids would stare like zombies and my DD couldn't have cared less. One recent morning she woke up ridiculously early (before 6 am) and in desperation I took her into our TV room and turned on Treehouse and I was horrified (and happy??) that she actually sat and watched it. However, she didn't really sit still the whole time but she was definitely more interested than before.
 

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My DD who is two will watch for a few minutes and then go play. DS doesn't watch at all. It has only been turned on recently because mama's on bed rest and they aren't too big on it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think some toddlers are just too busy being on the go, doing things and running around to really stop, pause and watch TV. Their attention span is just too short. I'm not a mom, but the 2 year old I nanny for is the same way. He just doesn't care about the TV. If I turn it on for him, he will even get up and turn it off and say he doesn't want to watch! lol. He would much rather be playing with his toys, me, his siblings, the cat, basically anything besides the TV. I do think it is normal.</div>
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This is my experience. My DD (23 months) has only discovered tv in the last couple of months. Before that, she was just too busy to bother. She never even seemed to notice it whether it was on or off.
 

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Yeah my DS will watch if there is an animal, or if there is something action-y going on, but that's about it. Sometimes he'll sit for the whole episode of Signing Time, but that's about the only thing he will sit still for.<br><br>
I agree with the idea that toddlers are too stinkin' busy to sit and watch something happen on TV - they want to make their own things happen! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks everyone. I have a friend whose 2yo learned some colors and most of the alphabet from tv and I was wondering how on earth did she sit still long enough to learn anything? I thought maybe my kid was just too hyper to sit still and watch. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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My DS doesn't like the tv either. Well, unless Monster Trucks, or some other motorsport is on... Or some sort of music concert. I do turn on Nick Jr. every now and then if he is getting really fussy and he will sometimes look at it if there is music and will dance to the music.... but actually sitting down and watching a show? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> no way!
 

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My 19 mo won't watch TV. We have it on often <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: but he usually ignores it. He likes it when dogs come on for some reason, but even then he won't just watch it. He won't watch kids shows or anything.
 

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Neither of my kids will watch TV or a movie. I think it's great, but it can be annoying if we're visiting someone and they plunk all their kids down for a movie but ours still want to be involved in what we're doing.<br><br>
Sometimes DS1 will ask (he's 3yrs old now) to watch a movie, so if I rent one I'll let them watch the previews before bed instead of a book. That's just the right amount of time before they get bored with the concept <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Poor DH really wanted to watch Charlotte's Web with them, they got all set up with blankets and pillows and snacks and watched a total of 20 minutes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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