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Our TV cabinet was being repaired and we had no TV for about 3 weeks. I learned how to bathe without slapping a video in the machine and ds no longer asks to watch videos.<br><br>
The only network he watched was BBC America because their commercials were generally benign and he loves home improvement shows.<br><br>
I've decided to keep cable and have him watch TV but I don't want him turning into a zombie boy - he is that way when he's watching sometimes.<br><br>
Until now he does not like anything with a plot. He did like Reading Rainbow - he loves Lavar - and Mr. Rogers. When he was little he liked Zaboomafoo but when he was 2 he told me to turn it off.<br><br>
At a friend's house this week, he started watching the Piglet movie because my friend had it on for her dd to veg on during our visit, lovely, anyway I was surprised because he didn't like cartoons. He knows the Pooh stories by heart from the book so he was explaining to her dd and her what was on the screen. This told me he is probably ready for some more fiction.<br><br>
Are there any other gentle shows he might like?<br><br>
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Little Bear is a beloved book at our house, and the videos are pretty gentle as well.<br><br>
Sharon, Lois, and Bram were favourites, too, for our little ones. Not everyone likes the music, though.
 

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Maybe Dragon Tales? We find Caillou to be whiny, but he's a pretty sensitive kid too, maybe ds could relate? Dd(5yo) likes these and I don't mind if ds(2y10mo) watches. I try to reserve it for downtimes or times when I need a few minutes. If dd starts to turn into a zombie, I turn it off and we go for a walk or play in their room. Try going to PBS.org and look at the listings for the PBS stations on your cable system. The big advantage to me is that there are NO commercials on PBS. Yes there are some sponsorship things, but they are not allowed to show the actual product, so the 'I want that thing' bit doesn't really happen. Dd just is impatient for the next thing to come on.<br>
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We are big PBS watchers her as well - in fact that is all we really watch with the kids, unless it is a video. My 3 year old LOVES George Shrinks, it is his new favorite! I personally can't stand Calliou (too whiney) but if it happens to miss my rader DS likes that one as well. I try and avoid Aurthur, a bit too old for him (and 17 month old dd) but we also like Dragon Tales and sometimes Sagawa.....
 

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Yes we love Sagwa and George Shrinks here as well. DD(5yo)also loves Liberty's Kids and ds(34mos)will watch just to be like his big sister. The other day there was a psa on the radio about not putting up windmill generators in Nantucket sound and Walter Cronkite was speaking and dd said "Mom! that sounds just like Benjamin Franklin!!" WC does his voice on Liberty's kids. It's just amazing to me what they hear and can recognize!!
 

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I've found Noggin to have less adds than PBS. The shows aren't as educational sometimes but then again when you step back PBS isn't very educational either. It's not the PBS of my childhood, IMO.
 

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My almost four year old loves the PBS shows. I personally can't stand Caillou, Clifford, or Dragon Tales, but she loves them. Sagwa and George Shrinks are also favorites.<br><br>
One tip I have if your son is sensitive - check out even "G" movies thoroughly before he sees them. My daughter can't handle most "G" movies, esp. if they involve loss of parents, which for some reason almost all Disney movies do! We tried watching the "Spirit" horse movie and I would've been hard-pressed to watch them tying a horse to a stake and starving him at the age of 10 (or now for that matter). Definitely thumbs down. However, the older movies tend to be slow-paced and mellow, so she can handle those - she likes "101 Dalmations" and "Mary Poppins".
 

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My library has a wonderful collection of videos, fiction and non-fiction. We've most recently borrowed ones on dolphins and trains (my 3 yr old ds loves them). As far as fiction, we're really enjoying the Tigger Movie and Thomas the Tank Engine Series(love that they're word for word from the books and interestingly narrated by Ringo Starr, George Carlin etc). When the TV is on, we only get 3 stations and PBS is one of them (we don't bother with cable, it's a big rip off).
 

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I'd bail on cable but we have 2 PBS stations here that have many of the same shows so we get more chances to see some of the shows you mentioned.<br><br>
Ds loves the group of videos by Fred Levine, House Construction, Road Const., Farm Country Ahead and now for some reason he's hooked on Cleared For Takeoff and watched it exclusively this week.<br><br>
Now I am learning how to tell him when and why we are NOT watching something.<br><br>
I wanted to watch something yesterday and he melted down insisting we watch his video again. I am trying to choose my words carefully these days to explain things but it can be so hard to understand why we don't watch at night or "all day" when you are 3. We worked through it but not without a Mommy drink and one revisit of the tears. Such BIG tears!<br><br>
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We have a channel called discovery kids that has some great kids shows on. Hi-5, animal jam, just to name a frew. we also loke dragon tales, but not caillou(i agree that he is just too whiny) we like maisy as well, and my 4 yr old ds loves Stanley. 18 month old likes the wiggles. geez, it sounds like they watch a lot of tv, but mostly just for mr to bath. maybe a show before bed. we just like a lot of variety!!!
 

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Little Bear is the best I can think of. The stories are gentle, interesting and slow-paced (compared to most cartoons). I find that the stories stimulate my childrens' play - they love the story lines. My seven year old still likes to watch a Little Bear video once in awhile.
 

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I love love love Little Bear and Oswald too! If you have cable, HBO Family has Harold and the Purple Crayon, it is beautiful and sweet, so imaginative. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is also good, it usually has some great funny parts that make my little ds laugh out loud. Right now, at age 3 and ahlf, George Shrinks is his favorite.
 

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The only one I haven't seen mentioned that my dd enjoys is "Little Bill." It's also very gentle and slow-paced.<br><br>
Dd loves Oswald and Little Bear, too. OT, the other day, she asked for a hotdog when she was watching "Oswald." I asked, "does Weenie make you hungry for a hotdog?" She had a total giggle fit and said, "YES!!"<br><br>
This seems to be prime toddler humor, because now everytime she sees Weenie she says "I'm hungry for a hotdog!!" <gigglefit>
 

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Except for Reading Rainbow, ds is hooked on two of his videos right now and he loses it if, while rewinding them, some other program is on the screen. I hope it's just because the TV was gone and he's catching up or something.<br><br>
I must admit, life was simpler when the box was put away.<br>
H-m-m-m<br>
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Little Bear is wonderful! Actually, I would recommend not watching at all, or reducing tv time! We've REALLY reduced the amount of time we watch. The results have been amazing. It could be that it's helpful to have two children who can play with each other, though. I read the book "The Plug-In Drug" and loved it (this coming from a tv-addicted family, esp. my husband). It's helpful to teach children to use their own devices to create fun for themselves rather than just turn on the tv when they're bored. Ok, enough of my lecture. We also love Angelina Ballerina but it may be too old for your 3 year old (although my 2 1/2 year old enjoys watching with my 4 1/2 year old). What about Kipper? We also like Little Bill. We have the Fred Levine "Cleared For Takeoff" one, too and love it. That's about it around here.<br><br>
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