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No screen time - thoughts?

I would like no screen time for my current 16 month old. However we do show her videos and photos of herself on our phones, sometimes she watches us on our phones, sometimes we turn on the news/Netflix in the background while we play/lie in bed waiting for her to fall asleep. I am really strict with screen time. Especially involving other people that aren’t her parents. I don’t want them bein... More

  • Lindsey
    Nov 22

    I have my first on the way, so I can't speak from experience yet, but my husband and I have already talked about screen time. My plan is to raise her like I was raised and to be a good example when I'm around her. My first thing will be no videos on the phone (except now that you mention it, showing her videos of herself sounds fun and harmless.) I am ok with some TV shows occasionall... More

  • Vonda
    Thursday

    You are not too controlling. But just make sure you and your husband are on the same page. We don’t do screens for our son either. I show him photos and he FaceTimes with his grandparents. But no tv or movies. I don’t put tv on in the background. Just music or read aloud. It’s hard for us to not do something we do all the time in this day and age. It took me a while to purge it out of my syste... More

Mini posted in Flying Sep 08

Pls suggest some websites from where can I download cartoon videos n rhymes??

Heyy mommies.. can anyone pls suggest some websites from where i can download free cartoon videos and rhymes/baby songs.. i need some of those to show my little one as we r going to travel in a long flight journey which will keep her happy

  • PK
    Sep 09

    If you have amazon prime, I think you can download the cartoons that they have available to prime members. Just be careful about making sure that the video is free for prime members. There’s an app that you can download on your phone or tablet and I think the videos just save on that app.. idk. Never tried it. When we flew with our son, we just spent the money on the amazon tablet for kids ... More

How do I tell my fiance that he needs to spend more time with family than on his games?

4 years ago, I met an amazing guy.. almost too good to be true.. he was sweet, caring, thoughtful, and we spent every minute together.. neither of us had our own place so we couldn't have each other over so we both decided to move in with a mutual friend so we could be together until we found our own place.. it was the best 5-6 months I've ever spent with anyone, wasn't the best pla... More

  • Anonymous
    Aug 20

    You've made the ultimatum three times, so what are you waiting for? Leave. Let him figure out what to do with his son. Let him see how hard it is taking care of a child. But how do you expect him to take you seriously when you've made the ultimatum three times? At some point you have to follow through with it. And you shouldn't have ever needed to give him an ultimatum in the first ... More

  • Morgan
    Aug 20

    U 2 should go to counseling

Have you tried this?

The Dungeons & Dragons game rescuing kids from their social anxieties https://www.cnet.com/news/game-to-grow-the-dungeons-dragons-game-rescuing-kids-from-their-social-anxieties/

  • Dennis
    Aug 18

    Good. DnD was awesome when younger

  • Justin
    Aug 28

    It’s so great for kids. Imagination, math, social skills. Can’t recommend it enough.

Screen time? Too much? Not enough?

I’ve read the articles and I think I understand why most studies show that too much screen time can be disabling to children. However, I believe that it can be a useful tool to their growing brains as well. Of course, if done in moderation. He’s only 3 and my wife and I are very conscious of how much TV, phone, tablet or video games he can have or have access too, but I’m curious. What do othe... More

  • A
    Jul 11

    It depends on the day, but we are somewhat lax on the rules too. My 3yr old twins probably watch an average of 2hrs a day. We try to stick to high quality stuff, PBS kids I great. We deleted YouTube from every device we own. 😂 I know the studies say it’s bad but I think for us, it is a little bit of a sanity saver. Usually we ll have the tv on in the morning while I let caffeine hit my blood st... More

  • Stay-At-Home Dan
    Jul 13

    Honestly just do what is best for your kid. My daughter watches too much some days and other days she doesn’t watch at all. Like previous posts, she is hitting milestones above her age. She is only 22 months and already into advance things like the life cycle of a butterfly and outer space (Thanks to The Cat in the Hat!) You have to be the one to monitor their screen and determine what is too m... More

Movies

At what age did you take your child to a movie? And what type of movie was it?

Your favorite Netflix shows?

I have a first break from my close-to-two year old for three days coming up next weekend. Going to give myself creative and nourishing time, writing, drawing, plus the stuff that's hard to get around to, like decluttering. I want to crowd source the best netflix shows that you have found enjoyable/helpful especially as a mother... I'm planning on watching the brene brown show, and mar... More

  • Terry
    May 17

    I binged watched all season 1 (10 episodes!) of Dead to Me yesterday! Sooo good!!!

  • Holly
    May 17

    Call the Midwife on Netflix!

Movie Day

Taking your child to the movies... any advice or tips??? :))))

  • Jess
    May 10

    Harkins theater downtown okc has a kid watch area while you in movie if you like that idea but they have to be potty trained.

  • Jennifer
    May 10

    Definitely a drive in theater. Then head to the 99 cent store to buy snacks, candy, drinks. Or order Dominos pizza for $5.99 and bring them in. My kids enjoy sitting in the trunk of our car with blankets or sometimes we get beach chairs out to watch. The theater allows you to stay to watch the next movie, so it's good if you can catch two movies.

Dumbo

Has anyone seen the new Dumbo movie yet? I’m wondering if it is too sad or scary for a 2 year old.

  • Joanna
    Apr 03

    Common Sense Media is a good resource. It recommends 8+. I'm not taking my almost 5 yo. He gets very emotional during movies. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/dumbo-0.

  • Tj
    Apr 03

    Thanks! My son will sit through entire movies or otherwise fall asleep. My local theater does Mommy & Me showings so the place is empty and the turn the volume lower for kids. After reading the Common Sense reviews I don’t think it’s a fit for his age.

Anonymous posted in Child's Health Mar 18

Screen Time when sick!?

Have a sick 3 yr old at home - and generally illness means never ending Peppa Pig and Thomas Marathons in my house. Lol My questions is, do you guys set limits on screen time when your littles are sick?? I feel like being sick is a valid excuse for screen time. I guess the problem in our house is because my daughters sick - my son who is perfectly healthy ends up in front of the tv most of the ... More

  • Olivia
    Mar 20

    This is a tough one. I watched endless TV as a kid when I was sick. Our daughter (also 3) is allowed to watch limited TV dependent on her behavior that day. I've definitely sat with her and watched a few movies in a row...and watched her behavior change for the worse. Too much TV leads to a kid who won't listen, can't sit still or focus, and demands more TV as soon as it's off -... More

  • Elizabeth
    Mar 20

    Some limits are good like “Ok you can watch 2 Peppa Pigs but then we are going to play Candy Land.”

Anonymous posted in Marriage & Partnership Mar 14

Husband uses TV for playtime

My husband’s idea of spending time with our 2 y/o is turning on the TV while browsing on his phone. When I try to address with my husband, he scolds me to let him do things his own way. We have a newborn so my husband has had to help more (meaning more tv) and now my son throws major tantrums when he can’t watch tv at other times, even when I try to engage him in something like games or reading... More

  • PK
    Mar 15

    Let him throw the tantrum? I usually give my son a heads up when I’m about to turn off the tv.. like 10 more min. Next commercial. Or last episode. He threw tantrums every time at first but now it’s a short whine or scream and then he goes to find something else to do. My husband is the same way as yours. I’ll invite my son to go play with me outside. Some times my husband will come out to pl... More

  • Mike
    Mar 16

    Oye. At 2 years old... thats hard. At 3 I started teaching my children about “the show monster”, the part of you that gets angry and upset when you can’t have more shows. The personification of those feelings really helped our twins. In all honesty, you need to confront your husband. Sometimes you need the TV to be sane (with twins we do it, no shame), but try to limit it as much as you can.

Anonymous posted in Activities & Enrichment Mar 10

reverse the effects of too much screen time

Ok so since November I have been pretty depressed and I'll be honest, I didn't really know it til now. But I've been on serious auto pilot concerning everything, even my 18 month old. We wake up and I have basically stuck her in front of the tv till it's time for sleep again. Something clicked into place and I realized this. I'm taking the tablet away except for an hour a d... More

  • Anonymous
    Mar 15

    Thanks!'

  • Erica
    Mar 25

    Weather is starting to be nice. Enjoy the sun when you can and the screen time on the rainy, snowy, chilly, or " I just dont wanna days" out side time is good for both mama and baby.

Anonymous posted in TV, Movies, & Video Games Feb 26

Tablet games

Hi! I recently got my 4 and 5 year old tablets and idk what games to download! I go the kids addition of the amazon Fire tablet. Please advise 😘🤷‍♀️

  • Hannah
    Mar 01

    I also have a 4 and 5 year old with Amazon Fire tablets. They both use PBS Kids app a lot. Lots of good games and shows.

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, 2018

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

  • Beatrice
    Dec 18, 2018

    Thanks Lacey will look it up

Best holiday movies for 4-5 year olds?

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

  • Tish
    Dec 19, 2018

    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.

  • Perry
    Feb 20

    Got to love the classics. Rudolph, and muppet family Christmas

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, 2018

    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, 2018

    My 6 month almost 7is in love with super why

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, 2018

    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, 2018

    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 !

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