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AIBU to let my DD watch so much TV?

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HyssopBlue Wed 13-Jul-11 16:48:26

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ChaosTrulyReigns Wed 13-Jul-11 16:50:26

Please, please don't compare yourself to other parenting styles.

Do what is right (in your opinion) for your DD.


fatlazymummy Wed 13-Jul-11 16:50:49

Is she getting enough exercise? You don't mention any other pastimes. I don't worry about how much TV my children watched as long as they were doing other things as well.

Tee2072 Wed 13-Jul-11 16:51:31

Well, does she get any exercise? Or is she flopped in front of the TV all day on the weekends as well?

I wouldn't worry about imagination, I would worry about her sitting around so much. My son, who is only 2, can only have the TV on during the day if he's already had a good run at the park or even just around the house. He also usually runs around while it's on anyway!

squeakytoy Wed 13-Jul-11 16:52:03

Does she get any exercise each day?

HyssopBlue Wed 13-Jul-11 16:52:30

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usualsuspect Wed 13-Jul-11 16:52:37

Do what you feel is right

Who cares what other people do

StrandedBear Wed 13-Jul-11 16:53:52

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HyssopBlue Wed 13-Jul-11 16:54:12

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thisisyesterday Wed 13-Jul-11 16:56:02

yes, you are.

2.5 hours every day?

it's totally unnecessary. when does she do exercise? or just play? or do things with you and her siblings if she has any?

i don't really understand the whole "she's putting in effort at school, so it doesn't matter what she does at home" thing to be honest... of course it matters what she does at home...

skybluepearl Wed 13-Jul-11 17:26:41

2.5 hours must be awfully boring. thats an awful lot of time just sat on her bum doing nothing. isn't there something ore interesting she would rather do.?

southmum Wed 13-Jul-11 17:41:57

yanbu if she is getting enough exercise and other activities. Telly isnt the devil.

There will be 100 posts from pubic hair weavers who dont own a TV and only have a wireless on at dusk telling you YABU tho

Laquitar Wed 13-Jul-11 19:32:39

I 've got a DN who watced much tv and then got more and more, to the point that she doesn't want to go out or do anything else.

What i'm trying to say is that it doesn't matter if it is 2 hrs or 3, it depends on the child aswell. You know her and we don't, just keep an eye in case it becomes a problem.

newmum001 Wed 13-Jul-11 19:38:49

I don't get the whole debate about tv/no tv! If she's happy and healthy and doing well in school then just carry on doing what your doing as you're clearly doing a great job.

I used to be active as a kid but when I was at home the tv was on all the time and I'm ok.

newmum001 Wed 13-Jul-11 19:38:49

I don't get the whole debate about tv/no tv! If she's happy and healthy and doing well in school then just carry on doing what your doing as you're clearly doing a great job.

I used to be active as a kid but when I was at home the tv was on all the time and I'm ok.

wordfactory Wed 13-Jul-11 19:41:19

OP what are you going to do in the school holidays.
I ma only one week in and getting mightily fed up of the blaring screens.

libelulle Wed 13-Jul-11 20:24:02

I used to watch that amount of TV as a child and I've collected shiny academic baubles by the arm-load, and have always done various 'creative' pursuits too. I say that not because I'm particularly proud of them (for a start, they haven't translated into a fulfilling career!) but to reassure you that I think the amount of TV children watch has really very little impact on either creativity or academic success.

thisisyesterday Wed 13-Jul-11 20:27:56

one of my concerns about it would be that as they get older it will isolate them more.
if they're used to just coming in and putting the TV on, there will eventually come a time when they want a TV in their room and that's where they will stay all night watching it.

It just doesn't lend itself to quality family time IMO. I have nothing against tv per se, in moderation. Fine if she wants to come out and flake out for half an hour, or an hour... but after that i'd be keen for her to interact and join in with family life a bit

emsies Wed 13-Jul-11 20:41:24

I worry about something similar with my 2 year old. I'm pregnant, have me/cfs and my husband works away during the week and I'm just plain exhausted and don't have the energy to play with my daughter as I would like so the tv or dvds go on. She will sit on the floor and play with it in the background or dance along to the wiggles but I hate that she is watching so much tv as she never did before. We have no familly support and I just don't have any choice.

nolembit Wed 13-Jul-11 20:56:03

Children need some down time too, they need to learn to work, REST, and play. It's all about balance.

Hufflepuzzpig Wed 13-Jul-11 20:57:50

If she's getting exercise, doing homework, and socialising with friends, I wouldn't worry too much.

Hufflepuzzpig Wed 13-Jul-11 21:00:53

Yes, and sleep too. You often hear of computer-addicted people losing sleep, so it may be possible for your DD - something to bear in mind.

HumphreyCobbler Wed 13-Jul-11 21:04:34

I watched loads of tv as a child, it was unlimited.

As an adult I hardly watch any. I put the tv on for my kids when I can't stand them any more grin

I wouldn't worry about it if I were you, as long as it is not all she does.

ASByatt Wed 13-Jul-11 21:06:51

I think it would bother me that watching tv is her favourite thing, though. Just sounds a little isolating - does she have lots of friends, does she see them outside school?

quirrelquarrel Wed 13-Jul-11 21:57:35

What will her imagination be like in five years, though?
What will her self discipline be like then?

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