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Toddlers and screen time

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Toddlers and screen time

Do you let your toddler watch TV? I let my son watch an hour of TV a day, however he chooses to break it up. It’s a nice surprise when he goes days without watching any TV.

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  1. How old is your toddler? I think I let my 2 year olds watch a little too much TV in the morning, but then they don’t watch anything else until half an hour before bed

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    1. He’s 3.5! He’ll sometimes watch cartoons in the morning while I’m making breakfast. He only recently started getting “into” cartoons.

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  2. I think it’s great that you consciously set a limit to his TV watching each day. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no screen time at all for children under the age of 2. For older children, a little TV viewing is fine (but never more than 2 hours per day, and this includes any screen time such as movies, computers, etc.). I think it’s also important to be aware of the type of shows that he watches. There are plenty of educational shows that you can choose from to help your child gain basic letter and number skills, all the while giving you a few minutes to relax and regain your sanity!

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  3. We haven’t done much cartoons except for the Abby one on Sesame St. and Daniels Tiger Neighborhood, and a few DVDs like Tangled (a favorite around here) I have noticed though that the shows have actually improved their language and I find them trying to say more words and sing along to what’s on TV so I just tell myself it’s educational 😛

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  4. I have a 4 year old and a 20 month old. The 4 year old watches about 2 hours in the day (spread out) and my 20 month old will NOT watch tv. It’ll keep his attention for maybe 15 minutes? I guess that’s a good thing… But, honestly I think what they are watching really matters. I’m very picky about what they can watch. The educational shows are wonderful. And I don’t feel bad about it!

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  5. My 2 year old son loves TV, or any screen for that matter. He would watch it all day if I would let him. I would prefer we not even have a TV in the house. We limit him to about 1 hour a day or less (about two episodes of his favorite Dora or Diego). It is easier on the days he goes to daycare to keep him away from the TV. I was just telling my partner about an article I read that said how much our own screen time can influence our children. We keep our tv off and the entertainment center doors shut when possible and we have been trying to keep our iPhone and iPad away and out of sight. We have found that this helps him not to ask to watch tv or play with the iPad all day long 🙂

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/04/ways-screens-are-ruining-your-familys-life_n_3860927.html

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    1. I saw this article, too, and it was a great eye-opener. My daughter loves the screens, too, and I know I am to blame! We never watch TV before she goes to bed but I am guilty of checking emails, Bundoo and Instagram from my phone throughout the day. I’m working on my phone addiction. 🙂

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    2. I love the “Just because we can be connected to work 24/7 doesn’t mean we should be.” Such a great reminder to unplug and give our children our full attention.

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