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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

    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

    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 !

Anonymous posted in TV, Movies, & Video Games Nov 18

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?

  • Ayra
    Dec 04

    BabyFirstTv is a great channel every show is educational and targets a different learning

  • Vane
    Dec 05

    Twins 11 Months old -> They love Dave and Ava

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

    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

    She’s so cute!!!

  • Julia Calvina
    Nov 13

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

Anonymous posted in TV, Movies, & Video Games Nov 12

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

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

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

  • Elissa
    Nov 09

    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

    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

Jade posted in Safety Oct 31

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

    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

  • Christina
    Oct 31

    We have pbs kids and duplo. Trust in source is also important.

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

    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

    “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

    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

    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

    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

    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

Good pop music sans romantic messages or language?

Taylor Swift type sound but without her problematic themes

Anonymous posted in TV, Movies, & Video Games Oct 09

Spanish or Chinese Cartoons?

Other than Peppa Pig, are there any full cartoons that are entirely in Spanish or Mandarin? Preferably on YouTube or Netflix? I can find short clips on YouTube here and there but I’d love if I could find a 20+ minute cartoon all in Spanish or Chinese. TIA!

  • Yo
    Oct 09

    My kiddos used to watch Ni hao Kai lan and she is adorableeee

  • Anonymous
    Oct 09

    Thank you all! If there’s any others, please share. I should mention this is for my 5yr old. Thx!

Too much screen time?

What is considered too much TV for a baby? My LO is 12mo next week. I don't have the TV on often as she kind of gets zoned out when she watches Super Simple Songs. It worried me a bit so stopped turning on the TV so much. I only turn on the TV when she is super grumpy and there is nothing else that she wants to do. What do ya'll think?

  • Jamie
    Sep 28

    American Pediatric Association recommends no screen time for children under 2. We read books and listen to music or play

  • Kylee
    Sep 30

    I have little baby bum or some kind of educational cartoon or something on almost all day. She just runs around and plays going back and forth from her room to the living room or following me around. She very rarely sits and watches (unless it’s Moana) it’s really just there for background noise.

So how much TV time does your 15 month old actual get?

Mine is getting like 45 mins to an hour of Shrek everyday so I can cook dinner. I have read everything about how they shouldn’t have any and I’m afraid I’m ruining him but it’s the only way I can get dinner cooked.

  • Jenn
    Oct 05

    Around 10-15 minutes per day. We watch a nature documentary while cuddling before naptime 😀 only way she'll stay still.

Is 2 too young for Shrek?

Today I was watching a family member's kid who is 6. My daughter is 2. My daughter's favorite movie is Shrek. So for lunch I put it on for them while they ate to get them calm. When they came to pick their daughter up, she was super excited to tell them they watched Shrek. They seemed fine with it left and shortly after I received a long text on how they think I'm a bad parent for l... More

  • Marga Phuang
    Oct 29

    A two year old won’t get the adult humor but it’s up to you what you want your kids to hear even if they don’t understand what it means

  • Damiana
    Dec 01

    My daughter’s now 3 years old and loves to watch Scooby-Doo since she was 2 and 1/2 years old. And we have watched Shrek too and she is fine. If you feel in your guts that something is too much for your child to watch, than trust yourself and don’t let them see it! But it’s your call as a parent to make. Other people shouldn’t interfere in it

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