School is ou, how much tv does you kids

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School is ou, how much tv does you kids
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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 8:48am
watch?.... mean really watch...with all of this rain...it seems like the tv is on all the time...so I am limiting it to some in the am and some in the pm...now my dd8 doesn't watch a lot...she can really keep herself busy but my 5 year old ds...well, he can be a tv maniac if I let him,lol....

Lisa

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 10:23am
Boy, I know what you mean. The weather's been so bad here and when it does clear up, DS5 plays outside and then has allergy problems. I try not to let him watch too much tv, but I'm sure he watches much more than many think is appropriate. He will definately watch several hours a day on these nasty days, but I am really anal about what he watches - nothing with violence and usually some type of learning show. Good luck. Lisa
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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 11:20am
Too much! Between cartoons, movies and video games at least 3 hours each day at daycare. (nuttin like paying someone to put your kids in front of the tube, eh?) They also do a lot of arts/crafts, board games and other stuff too but still its too much. And its not just because of all the rain we've had lately, they also stay indoors when its too hot.

Then in the evenings they might watch 30 mins-1 hour at home. We really don't have a problem with it on weekends since we're usually on the go---rain or shine.

Lisa

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 2:30pm
Not too much...DD(9.4) is in a day camp from 8-4 Mon-Fri, she plays softball so has games 1-2 nights a week and practices 1-2 nights a week..on the weekends she is either outside playing or swimming! So the majority of her TV time is at night before bed!

DS(4.6) watches TV more than DD...however he has always been the kind that wants the TV on but dosen't just SIT and watch it. He watches the majority of his TV time in the mornings.

**SMILES**

Laura SAHM to Emily 9.4, Jordan 4.6 and Carys 6wks

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 2:54pm
OK, I have to admit, my DS 5.5 watches more TV than he should. I am a WAHM and if all else fails, I pop in the movies so I can get my work done. My DS is not always keen on doing arts and crafts or other things by himself. He's an only child, so he gets much more TV time. I hate to really admit how much TV he watches in a day. I bet it's close to 3-4 hours worth once the day is done. When my DH is home, he will sometimes watch one half-hour show before bedtime, but most of his TV watching is between noon and 5 p.m. DS does go to pre-school (summer school) in the mornings, so that helps. I get Mommy Guilt a lot because he's not doing anything other than watch TV. However, I don't work on Fridays, so he gets undivided attention all afternoon AND I take 10-minute breaks every hour to do something with him, so it's not like he's just stuck doing nothing but TV all day.

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 9:17pm
Thanks everyone...it seems like we are all kind of in the same boat,lol...I have made up a schedule...and it seems to be sticking so less tv:) but then there are those times when all else fails,lol......you know today he got out toys that he hasn't played with in a long time, like Lite Bright...he made a great picture:)

Lisa

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 10:24pm
I had to jump in on this one, because I have been wondering how much tv is OK for a 4 & 5 yr old. I admit, mine watch too much! I was relieved to hear that other mom's feel this way too! The weather here has been nicer the past week, so on weekdays, they have been watching 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours in the am. They eat breakfast in front of the tv (I know big no-no) and also get dressed in front of the tv while I'm showering. Once in awhile in the afternoon for 1/2 an hour if I think they need down time. Before bedtime usually 1/2 hour or less of a video. My 5 yr old is not a very independent child as far as playing. I have to entertain him more than my almost 4 yr. old. My 4 yr. old will actually use his imagination and play and do puzzles and color on his own. Sometimes I need to get soemthing done, and it's so easy to let them watch tv. Today they watched maybe an hour total and I was pleased with that.

Lisa

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Wed, 06-18-2003 - 10:57pm
My good heavens, is everyone here named Lisa?! It's funny because that's my sister's name and I, as a Jennifer, am usually the one surrounded by namesakes.

ANYWAY, about TV.

I think we kind of go in cycles. I won't hesitate occasionally to have a "PBS Day" if I'm having trouble keeping my cool and we don't have activities planned. But when I realize I've been doing it too often, we cut back. Right now we're in a good phase - we got away from automatically turning the TV on in the morning, and we have playgroups four out of five weekdays, so we're mainly doing one video after naps and one at bedtime. The one at bedtime is a lifesaver - I put the kids in bed, put on a one-hour Kipper that they've seen a million times and just kiss them and leave the room. Now that DD (4.5) is not napping, they both fall asleep during that video and it's HEAVEN!! Being done at 8:30 instead of still negotiating at 11:00 p.m....

So we have our ups and downs, but I don't worry too much about quantity as long as it's not on all day routinely. We ONLY watch PBS and our own videos, so content is under control.

BTW, an interesting question of the day would be how much TV we all were allowed to watch when growing up. We had the 12" B&W set with poor reception, on which we were allowed to watch (at one point) 1/2 hour A WEEK! Over time, that went up to one show per week, even if it was more than 1/2 hour. Then it was one hour, even if it was two shows. Then two shows even if it was more than an hour. When we were older, we were allowed to decide for ourselves as long as it didn't interfere w/school. (We also had color TV & cable by then) I think both my sister and I ended up with relatively healthy viewing habits in the end, although she went through a period of nearly constant TV.

Anyway, that's my 2 cents (hey, there's no "cents" symbol on the keyboard. I thought there was!) Now if you'll excuse me, it's nearly time for Raymond...

Jennifer & Alex, Robin 4.5 & Julia 2

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Sat, 06-21-2003 - 10:09am
Tre is a TVaholic, too. I really have to limit his viewing. He could sit all day if I let him. He watches about one hour during the week, if that, and on the weekends he watches A LOT! I'd say about 3 hours a day. I just know that I myself like down time with some of my favorite shows on the weekends, so I allow him time, too. =)

Janet =)

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