Ugh! I need to vent and maybe ask a ?

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Ugh! I need to vent and maybe ask a ?
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Tue, 01-27-2004 - 9:53pm

My 11 year old is getting so unbearable about tv.

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Wed, 01-28-2004 - 1:14am

((((Julie)))),


Nothing like a preteen (that I've seen so far anyway) to make one question one's decisions so much.

Sherrie Rainbow

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Wed, 01-28-2004 - 9:42am

Thanks.

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Wed, 01-28-2004 - 12:17pm
An idea - IF you're willing. Tape his show. Save it on a video he can watch once he has time. I do that with ds; he likes Jackie Chan Adventures (even though they're reruns of reruns) and they moved it to 3pm, when he gets home at about 3:25 (used to be on at 3:30). Sometimes then he'll watch that half hour later in the evening, after homework and dinner, before bed or reading time.

We limit his 'media' time to 1.5 hours/day, 7 days/week, unless we're watching a movie as a family. This means tv, Nintendo GC, N64, Gameboy, etc. He's NEVER had a problem with that limit (except on 'boring' weekends, but I want him to use his creativity, not be a couch potato!).

Yet the hormones appear to be raging, and little things have set him off recently, and yes, he has lost privileges more often than usual. I'm looking forward to spring when I can throw him outside (vs. the 9 degrees we had this morning) and he can burn up his energy out there!

Sue

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Wed, 01-28-2004 - 3:49pm

Does he think we are that dumb?!?

Sherrie Rainbow

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Wed, 01-28-2004 - 5:09pm

Our sons sound an awful lot alike except for the TV thing. My son likes to watch it, but doesn't so much have a favorite show right now.

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Wed, 01-28-2004 - 5:51pm

Well, my son did the taping routine too.

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Thu, 01-29-2004 - 1:16am

Yowza, we do have the same son LOL.

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Thu, 01-29-2004 - 12:54pm

Hi, Julie! I don't really have too much to add here, but wanted to lend my support anyway. These phases the kids go through are so tough! When I have the whining about a certain show being on at a certain time, and if it's a show they haven't seen a zillion times (or sometimes even if it is) I just tape it. That ends the argument. Half the time, they don't even ask to watch the tape! So, my suggestion is to buy a couple of tapes and get acquainted with your VCR. It has saved me a lot of hassle over the years. When they were younger and I was stricter about TV time, I would set up the VCR to tape their favorite show each day, and that was it. So, if he's hooked on a particular AM show, just tape it daily and let him watch it whenever your rules allow. Especially if this is a social issue, that all the kids are talking about a particular show.


My kids aren't allowed to use their GameCube Mon.-Thurs. I've told them that if TV interferes with their homework in any way, the same rule will be applied to TV. So far, thankfully, it doesn't seem to be an issue. I let them watch for a little bit when they get home, and then it's homework time. I'm embarrassed to say they are watching way too much TV right now, but so am I ;-)


As far as the relentless whining about it, my kids know if I get that attitude the rule keeps getting stricter!


Hang in there!

Janet


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