Hanan Montana good for 4 yr olds?

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Registered: 01-29-2009
Hanan Montana good for 4 yr olds?
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Thu, 01-29-2009 - 3:53pm
My daughter has recently started watching Hanna Montana and loves it but last night i was wondering if i should ban her from it. Last night she asked me to color her hair like H.M's i told her she is to young but when she get's older we can color it. She started crying because she doesn't look like H.M and it wasn't a normal fit it was like a depression cry. I finally got her semi calmed down by telling her i will buy her a H.M wig to play with. She then asked me to rock her in the chair, I haven't rocked her in over a year. She was still crying a bit while i was rocking her but
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Thu, 01-29-2009 - 5:09pm

I really don't like HM especially for younger kids. Her show is about high school and stardom, not things I feel a preschooler, kindergartener or younger elementary kid needs to be interested in yet. Lindsay has seen it a few times and thought it was dumb. Though that might be because her big brother think it is dumb and none of her friends watch it regularly. As you can see I haven't banned it. I just try to make sure the tv is either not on when it is on or I find other things more appropriate for her age if it is.

I do think it is normal for young kids to become obsessed with tv shows, various characters, and even toys. Look at the various things that have been all the rage -- Thomas, Dora, Teletubbies, Barbie, Pokemon, Bakugon, Power Rangers, Care Bears, Littlest Pet Shop, etc. I could date myself and talk about The Brady Bunch, Full House, Facts of Life and how my friends and I use to try to dress like the girls on those shows.

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Thu, 01-29-2009 - 9:54pm
my SD is 5 and loves hannah montana. I don't think she has a problem with it though, not too obsessed or anything

 
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Registered: 01-31-2009
Sat, 01-31-2009 - 5:44pm

Her reaction would concern me too if it were my daughter. It is such a strong reaction that it would make me wonder what it is about HM that she admires so much? Is it the attention HM gets on stage? Is it the relationship she has with her friend or her Dad? Maybe if you watch with her and ask her some open ended questions, things that can't be answered with just 'yes' or 'no'-- what was your favorite part of the show? what do you think of HM's friends? --maybe you'll get some insight into what it is that she is really after. Then you can help her work towards those things for herself, or show her that she already has those things in her life. Or, you might find out that she doesn't feel attractive, or special and you can help her with that too. I guess, in short, I am saying that her strong reaction to HM could have very little to do with the show itself and may have more to do with something she is longing for. Again, it is just such a strong reaction that I think there must be something more there than being star struck.

Your question also reminds me of how my son (8) tends to take on the personality of the characters in the shows he watches. I consider some of it normal-- he is trying on different attitudes to see if it works for him. However, I have banned him from a few shows b/c his behavior was completely unacceptable. Specific shows would be Jimmy Neutron and Zack and Cody. HMMMM...... not an overly strong reaction, but maybe I should take my own advice! Lightbulb!

Lynda

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Mon, 02-02-2009 - 2:11pm
Hey Lynda! I have taken away shows if I feel they are contributing to bad behavior. I stopped letting them watch Caillou because they started whining and one Nick cartoon show because ds was getting an attitude after watching it. To be honest ds gets that attitude when eveer he has had too much tv time so I tend to limit how much they both are allowed as well as what shows.