TV, Movies, & Video Games

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Movies for Toddlers

Hi! I’m looking for some appropriate movies (or tv shows) for my 2 year old son. We’ve done Daniel Tiger, Thomas the Train, Bubble Guppies, Sesame Street and the movie Cars. Anything else? Thanks! And yes, I am aware of monitoring screen time - we go and do a variety of activities - but when they’re sick or it rains for days on end a movie or two doesn’t hurt. They will still go to college 😉

  • Nenisha
    Jan 31

    My 2 year old loves Word Party! We are starting to get into Story Bots..both can be found on Netflix. Oh and Blippi on YouTube.

  • Amanda
    Feb 02

    Poppy long stocking, The wonderful world of David the Gnome, anything from the 80s

Anonymous posted in TV, Movies, & Video Games Jan 23

TV Shows suitable for a 11 yrs old

Hi, We are trying to find TV shows suitable for a 11 yrs old that can show him about family, friends and other topics for kids his age. Any ideas?

  • Dee
    Jan 29

    *fond

  • Lily
    Jan 31

    I definitely like Amazon or Netflix a lot more than just the TV. Also, my mom didn't let us watch a lot of things because than we started acting like that. So just keep that in mind

Does it count as screen time if the tv is on but your kid isn’t watching?

They’re in the same room, well within range to see the screen. It isn’t a cartoon or anything entertaining for them either. It’s the news, documentary or sports.

DVD for 13 month old

Does anyone know where to find dvds with nursery rhymes I seem to have been searching but come up empty

  • Lacey
    Dec 18

    But I have prime so that's only place I looked to be honest.

  • Beatrice
    Dec 18

    Thanks Lacey will look it up

Anne posted in Flying Dec 14

Best holiday movies for 4-5 year olds?

Help me pick some good ones to bring on a long flight!

  • Ricky
    Dec 18

    Polar Express, Scooby Doo Christmas, Muppets Christmas, Olsen Twins To Grandmothers House We Go, Shrek Christmas, Ice Age movies

  • Tish
    Dec 19

    We really like The Star, it's the story of Jesus's birth as told by the donkey. Lots of fun silliness but a good message.

Is it ok that my 4 month old is so interested in the TV?

It doesn’t seem to matter what we are watching, he will sit there enraptured by it for 20-30 minutes. At first it was cute, but now I’m a little concerned... should I be?

  • Lynda
    Dec 07

    We had TV on until about 6 months, then only Sesame Street. Our doctor said the no TV thing, but also said that she didn’t do that either, but to avoid fast images. So, we are REALLY invested in Sesame Street.

  • Ashley
    Dec 08

    My 6 month almost 7is in love with super why

Anonymous posted in TV, Movies, & Video Games Nov 28

Child interest in scary movies

We struggle with our 5 year old who is currently interested in scary movies. He has split homes and the knowledge of it has come from the opposite home. Often, different characters come out at different times and has taken his father and I by shock. He has mentioned Pennywise, Michael Myers, Jason, Freddy, etc. At our house, we do not allow scary videos, movies or figures. It all started about ... More

  • Anonymous
    Nov 30

    Some of those he will watch but some he says are too scary! Which I don’t understand! He will say that but then he will talk about penny wise! And just hearing that name gives me the chills!

  • Danelih
    Nov 30

    This post made me giggle a little because my 4 year old is the same. When he comes back from being with his dad hes just a little different in the way he acts or says things. He had a thing with chuckie that little Killer doll? And I would just explain that its fake and thats all i had to talk to his dad about keeping it rated g. He really like scary stuff its so weird !

Has anyone seen marvel universe live?

Thinking of getting my 2 year old tickets for his birthday but I wasn’t sure how entertaining it’d be?

  • Samantha
    Nov 27

    It was a great show! We took our then 5 year old to see it. As much as I hated spending the money on the interactive bracelet thing, he really enjoyed being a part of the show and still wears it often.

Can someone recommend cartoons for an 18 months old?

  • Aimie
    Dec 12

    Paw patrol

  • Beja
    Dec 27

    Word party was amazing in teaching her how to express her emotions. Daniel Tiger helped us with potty training. She's 3 now and loves Dora, helped her learn to count in Spanish. She's also currently into Paw Patrol and PJ masks.

Too much tv?

My 18 month old recent discovered blippi and is obsessed. Before this he never gave the tv a chance now all he wants to do is watch blippi. He’s sick of his toys (Christmas is coming so I’m buying toys for then) and where I live it’s now full blown winter now and hard to get out to the park or for a walk. I’ve been trying to keep him entertain and do creative things with him be he only lasts so... More

  • Anonymous
    Nov 18, 2018

    Recommendations are no screen time for under 2 year olds

  • Shuishuipanda
    Nov 19

    My son has been watching tv since he was 4 months old... he learned all his colors, numbers, shapes, and some letters at 1 year old, and he loves singing along with the songs playing on tv...

2 year old kid at the movie theater!

Hello Moms. Me and my husband always loved to go to the movies, but since we haved our baby girl is kind of a problem. Since we just arrived in the country and have 0 family and friends here, and we don't have a baby sitter yet. Do you think is a problem, or the movie theaters will allowed a 2 year old kid in the movies? Of course that in will be in children's movies. She already love t... More

  • Julie
    Nov 13, 2018

    She’s so cute!!!

  • Julia Calvina
    Nov 13, 2018

    You can take your kid to the movies with you till 7pm. They don’t allow kids after 7pm

My 8 year old thinks he's going to be a Youtube star celebrity as his life career.

I keep telling him that's not realistic but I don't want to crush his dreams. What should I do or say?

  • Eran
    Nov 22

    Harness the energy! I would support him (ie helping him with shooting, editing, thinking about content ideas, etc) but make sure he’s still doing well at other areas such as school, social activists and sports.

  • David
    Dec 04

    A lot of the skills used in making and editing videos for YouTube are translatable to many modern media oriented jobs, let this hobby be a stepping stone into a bigger, more sustainable world of media creation/advertisement/videography of various types!

Why is there no Frwnch version of Dora where she's teaching French?.

All of the shows are in French with minimal English-speaking early learners can't follow along... Any suggestions??

Sara posted in Funny Nov 02, 2018

Is it a bad sign that my 3 year old keeps accidentally calling her sister Margaret?

I was trying to figure out why my 3 year old kept calling her sister Margaret (her name is Aubrey) that thinking she might have a friend named Margaret. Then I realized it's the name of Daniel Tiger's sister. We may need to lay off the Daniel Tiger for a bit... 😂😂

  • Margaret
    Nov 03, 2018

    Speaking as a Margaret I kind of think this is awesome 🤣🤣🤣

  • Elissa
    Nov 09, 2018

    My cousin watched so much curious George, she stopped talking (strong talker too) and went to only making monkey noises.... 🤦🏼‍♀️

Movie Theater

When did you start taking your kids to the movie theaters?

  • Gina
    Nov 02, 2018

    Yeah I would say try it :) I took my daughter to a movies in the park around 1.5 and she was good. I had her little chair to sit in and made sure to bring a lot of snacks! She lasted the majority of the movie....I just took her to the movies recently at 2 to see Beauty and the Beasts since it was back in theaters I figured if I had to go home it wouldn't be so bad since she was free and I s... More

Have you checked out your kid’s apps?

“I’m a researcher. I want to stay objective. We started this study really just trying to look at distraction. My frustrated response is about all the surprising, potentially deceptive stuff we found.”

  • Anne
    Oct 31, 2018

    This is definitely a problem and the best advice is to stay away from free apps. If you've paid for the app upfront it's way less likely to have ads or deceptive in-app purchase stuff. We have a couple apps that use a subscription model that are really high quality — Endless ABCs, ABC Mouse and Homer. You have a pay a couple bucks per month but they have endless amounts of content and ... More

Nature documentaries for toddlers?

My wife and I love watching BBC nature documentaries (Life, Planet Earth, etc.) with our 1 year old son. Everything about the experience is beautiful and beneficial, in our opinion, with one exception - the graphic natural deaths. While death is a natural part of life and is perfectly acceptable as part of these documentaries, we are hesitant to expose our son to such graphic death at such an e... More

  • Tara
    Nov 02, 2018

    My 14-month old is captivated by Disney's "Growing Up Wild" on Netflix. She recognizes the narrators voice now and immediately watches when she first hears his voice.

  • Kristie
    Nov 18, 2018

    “If I Were an Animal” on Netflix is very cute and kid friendly

Screen Time - what is your rule of thumb?

I am curious how much time you all allow your children to have screen time. I have a 21 month old little boy who was able to watch a bit too much TV (Mickey Mouse to be exact) for two weeks and now I’m trying to get back to limiting time, which makes him upset. I had a hysterectomy so I was limited on what all I could do to keep him busy and happy while I was recovering. I am being a stickler, ... More

  • Lindsay
    Oct 30, 2018

    Beth, do you know if PBS has an App for Smart TV’s because it doesn’t look like I have access on DirectTV.

  • Anonymous
    Oct 31, 2018

    if you don't switch on tv consistently, you won't have the screams. kids learn very quickly when the screaming will work and when it will not. have a playground/house/rescue kind of toys available for such moments (the ones you keep in toys 'library' not in the kids room. he will sure enjoy it if there are no tv-options. my daughter had max 30 mins of pretend-play videos and s... More

Screen time in technology-driven world...

I’m intimidated and amazed by parents that don’t allow their children any screen time in this day and age. My family lives thousands of miles away, and I videochat them daily. It helps us stay connected with them and eases the loneliness of being a SAHM in an unfamiliar place. Additionally, I didn’t graduate high school too long ago, and we used technology by way of laptops, projectors, smart... More

  • Anonymous
    Oct 18, 2018

    The concern with screen time and young children is that they aren’t getting the human to human interaction they need to develop social and communication skills. Kids listen and watch for verbal and physical cues when in discussion (words, facial expression and hand gestures). So with that, I read an article where it said certain type of screen exposure is ok for young kids - like FaceTiming. ... More

  • Damon
    Oct 19, 2018

    It all really depends on the appropriateness of what it's being used for and the physiological abilities of children as they develop. When an adult watches a TV show, we see motion, but what is actually happening is a series of still images changing at 24 frames per second is flashing on the screen. Our brains take those still images and interprets the fast changes into motion, filling in... More

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