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to tell dd she can not wath TV?

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soandsosmummy Sat 22-Oct-11 12:25:28

She's got piles of toys, a garden to run about in, plenty of art and craft stuff and loads of books. She's off to a friend's for a sleep over later and they'll be going to the cinema.

All she can say is "I'm bored I want to watch telly".

AIBU to keep saying no

WilsonFrickett Sat 22-Oct-11 12:27:22

YANBU. Obviously.

colken Sat 22-Oct-11 12:27:53

I would say, "NO." But why does she want to watch television. Is there something special? Or something her friends talk about?

froggydoo Sat 22-Oct-11 12:27:56

Nope - YANBU. My MIL says children have to learn to deal with boredom, key life skill. I agree.

Hardgoing Sat 22-Oct-11 12:28:42

Has she just finished school and is it half-term where you are? Mine are pretty knackered this am for this reason and we watched a movie together before heading out late morning. Is she usually asking to watch TV? If she's got activities planned, I would on the first day of a holiday.

I personally allow my children to watch TV when they like, but they usually do that when they are tired, need down-time or really like the programme. If they are not any of these things, they find the TV boring and wander off/play together.

My mum used to make me play outside because it was good for me. I just wanted to read. I don't think enforced playing is much fun although I wouldn't have the TV on all day.

SouthernandCross Sat 22-Oct-11 12:29:16

Would you consider compromising?
How about you tell her she can watch for a specified period of time and ask her when she wants to spend the telly-time? If you feel up for a challenge you can have a discussion about how long she thinks is reasonable.
You might be surprised what she comes up with.

SaffronCake Sat 22-Oct-11 12:32:52

YANBU at all. My friends mum once told him "you're not bored, you're boring". That solved it!

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