Meh. I think as long as your tots and kids are out and about and busy with real life activities for the majority of the day, a little bit of ABC for kids is the least of your worries. If anything, my 4 y/o DD has learnt soooooo many things from some of the shows on telly. Not to mention she's up and dancing to hi5 and speaking spanish with Dora. Its all good as long as you don't use it as a babysitter. Everything in moderation. My girl is far too 'busy' to sit around and watch TV for too long anyway. She'd rather be outside on her bike or scooter! She might watch one show and then she's bored. We also aren't home most days as we get out of the house and go places so maybe she's not use to being plonked in front of the box. I feel sorry for kids that live their lives in front of screens though 😣 So much more to do!
Last edited by Gracie's Mum; 26-04-2015 at 13:20.
Anyway to return to the op's post. I think a pp's suggestion of limiting morning tv sounds like a good idea. I also find when my little girl, who is admittedly younger than yours, starts to flip out over not getting her own way that distraction is my best friend.
Anyway I'm going to opt out of this thread now. :-)
Honestly I think there a whole heap of things that we can expose our kids to that are worse than children's television.
Of course too much is going to be detrimental, just like too much of anything is. It is common sense really.
OP in the grand scheme of things, to me, it doesn't sound like your dd is watching an abnormally high amount of TV. That is, your children aren't sitting glued to it all day, and I am sure you do lots of other things with them too!
BUT it sounds like you are worried. Trust your instincts. If you feel Dd is becoming too involved turn it off, limit TV time etc.
We are all different and all have different ideas about how much TV our kids should be watching. But you are the mummy to your kids...go with your gut
When I read the first few posts in this thread, DS (14 months) was literally standing and watching Sesame Street. I generally have the TV on ABC Kids for most of the day. Since he was actually watching it (a lot of the time he just plays while it's on), I felt guilty so I thought I'd try turning it off mid-show and see how he reacted. He's been running around the house playing happily with his toys ever since, go figure. Maybe I have it on for me more than him!
Here's a professor that thinks the 2001 guidelines are outdated.
Sounds like parents should use screen time in moderation, plan other activities that get their kids out and about and have consistent boundaries regarding not only screen time but other things as well.
I do question the motives of parents who brag about having no screen time for their kids - there are other ways to build yourself up without trying to make others feel inferior.
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