TV, Movies, & Video Games

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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 !

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, 2018

    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, 2018

    Paw patrol

  • Beja
    Dec 27, 2018

    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, 2018

    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, 2018

    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, 2018

    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?

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