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Tell Mommy: Do You Limit Your Child's TV Time?

Tell Mommy: Do You Limit Your Child's TV Time?

A recent study from the University of Chicago found that television might not be turning our children's minds to mush after all. According to the study the boob tube can help expose lil ones to the outside world and those who watch it actually do slightly better on tests. Of course, what your child is watching, and how long he is watching it needs to be factored in.

With this in mind, do you limit your tot's TV time?


milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
My son has his own channel he "watches" it's BabyFirst. They're all educational and he really only watches a minute or two here and there while playing. It's mostly background noise. Although he is in love with Jeopardy. That is the only thing he will sit more than 5 minutes at a time for.
GMarie GMarie 8 years
I TiVo the Doodlebops and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse for my toddler, so he can watch a show or two once in awhile but I don't have to be married to a TV schedule, and he likes the DVDs we have of Elmo, Veggie Tales, etc...especially if we're in the car for a long time. My husband will sometimes watch Blue's Clues or Sponge Bob with him. I'd say that on an average day, he MAYBE watches 30-40 minutes, but lots of days, he doesn't watch any at all, and, occasionally, he watches more than that - just depends on the day. I think moderation is key.
Fitness Fitness 8 years
I totally limit TV time. Our days are too short to really turn on the TV anyway, but on the weekend my girls will watch a bit. I find that if I have the time it is much more fun to play. And if I don't have the time, I put on a Yoga kids DVD for them. They do like to make their own dance party too.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Yeah, we don't watch any of the non-animated Disney Channel stuff. I don't think it's bad for them, I just think it's annoying.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
we don't have tv. when we go visit grandpa i'm reminded why. the kids shows my girls like are hannah montana, cody in the house, you know the disney channel stuff. it's SO BAD. over acted, and cheesy to where i want to scream. and the commercials on the other channels are offensive.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
I think the whole watching tv is baaadd thing is sort of silly. Granted I dont believe in using it as a babysitter so you dont have ot take care of your kids, or having a kid sit there for hours and hours watching tv and doing nothing else, theres no reason to ban tv completely. Most kids want to play outside or with their toys more anyway. Most of those kids shows, for young children, are really good for them. I just think its about balance, keeping them socialized, active and into a wide range of stuff.
jessie jessie 8 years
its easy for us...we simply don't have hook up for cable or dish. granted they can watch movies...but they only watch 1-3 movies a week.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
I have never really limited my daughters tv time. My hubby and I watch tv ALL the time so she was bound to catch some of it as it were and she is actually picking up things from the shows I let her watch (basically anything on PBS Kids and Noggin) so I don't feel bad for letting her indulge. Truthfully, she runs around so much she barely watches it.
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
I'm an admitted TV addict, and when my son was born, I swore I would be good and keep it off and not let him watch or see me watching it. But I soon learned that it was a hard habit for me to break and one of my few little daily perks and figured he would learn that mommy likes her TV on his own anyhow. Why try to hide who I am? So it is on in the house some of the time, mostly as background noise. However, I don't let him just sit and watch. He doesn't have his own shows yet (too young) and the only show I've purposely exposed him to is Sesame Street, which he could take or leave so far. I never intend to use the TV as a babysitter, but expect that he will eventually tune in to a show or two that interests him.
meandtheo meandtheo 8 years
my daughter does not watch tv, but she is only 13 months old. my husband and i are not tv people either (with the exception of Bronco games on Sundays) so it is never on. when she is older i will absolutely set limits on tv time. it will only be for special occasions. while i can understand that the tv may "expose them to the outside world" i don't think it will ever stand up to actually being in the outside world.
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
We dont have a TV set up upstairs except in our room (and downstairs has a huge tv room, but we never go down there really we just dont watch much tv) So he's never really watched TV at all (he's a year old). I guess eventually we'll get him into some kids shows... but he doesnt know what he's missing yet... so it hasnt really been a problem.
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
We don't have cable or satellite either. We do have (til January) the antenna(sp) and they watch PBS. The younger one watches the morning stuff but he's always playing at the same time. I think they just like to have it on in the background.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
My cousin doesn't, but I do when I baby sit sometimes.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
Of course. They'd rarely sit in front of it for long periods anyway though, they like to be outside. We usually have "their shows" on just before dinner while we're getting stuff ready, and my younger son gets to watch some Playhouse Disney before kindergarten. The older one gets Clone Wars on Friday nights. I need to limit my own one of these days. I can pretty much come up with something to watch at any hour of the day, thanks to TLC, the History Channel, and NatGeo.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
we dont actually have cable right now, more financially then anything else. Its just not something we do much. Now movies are a HUGE thing. We almost always have a movie of some sort playing. From pixar and disney to a fun adventure, we are movie geeks. I wont limit their tv too much as long as they arent sitting in front of it all day long. I watched probably 2 or 3 hours of childrnes cartoons (Little Bear, etc type shows, not looney tunes) as well as played outside for hours, played inside with toys, etc.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
Our daughter watches movies (because we don't have cable or satellite). She doesn't really watch it I think she just likes the noise.
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