How to avoid watching tv ?

India
March 19, 2009 6:33am CST
Hi My daughter is just 11/2 year old and she want to watch tv whole day. I really worried about her and her eyes. Please sugest me how to avoid watching tv.
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@emilie2300 (1891)
• United States
19 Mar 09
Dose she have dolls she can play with or some kind of craft activity like making braclets or necklaces get her involved in a craft or a sport or maybe dance. Dose she have friends that she can play with. go for a walk with her take her to playground. Play board game together.
• India
20 Mar 09
Yes she have lots of dolls but she prefer balls than dolls . For craft and all she is too small. I will try all other sugestion given by you. Thanks for sharing.
• United States
22 Mar 09
There are crafts out there that are age appropriate have you looked in the craft stores or in the toy stores in the crafting section with the play dough and things. When my daughter was 11 she was making beaded necklace and bracelets. Sewing and doing stamps coloring her own tattoos or stickers. There are a lot of things out there. Sorry I don't mean to sound so naive. Just trying to help for the options if you don't look for them you are not going to find them. I guess it was more easier for me since I worked in a day care. Maybe you don't have the same stores we have hear. Like Michel's its a craft store or Joan Fabrics. Walmart has some toys r us has some and Kmart. It may be funny to let her go with you to pick something she likes and is interested it. Latch hook rugs are fun she can work on one of those when she not watching TV. Or Set a side time to do the Latch Hook or a craft instead of being on TV. If she wears Jewelry she can make her own Jewelry box. Maybe you to can start a garden or put flowers in your yard together. Just something to keep her occupied.
@tjdas83 (178)
• Malaysia
19 Mar 09
Well, you could try negotiating with her by giving her certain amount of hours that she will be allowed to watch TV. Set the rules that she has to occupy the rest of the day with other things besides watching TV. Let her choose the time slot she wants to watch TV so that she doesn't feel like she has no choice at all. I,ve seen one episode in 'Oprah' that to develop a child's mind in making the right decisions in the future, you should start giving them choices to make at a young age. Not give them the total decision but set rules with choices. For example, when the child doesn't want to brush his/her teeth, you say, "you have to brush your teeth, but its your choice whether you want to go to the bathroom quietly or do you want me to drag you there". Although both leads to the same thing, the child will concentrate more on the choice he/she is given. They should feel like they have a say in the situation. Hope this helped :)
• India
20 Mar 09
Great advise! I will try to follow this, I am already given her some time slots, So that she can be creative in some other activity. Thanks for sharing
@tjdas83 (178)
• Malaysia
20 Mar 09
Your welcome ;) Hope this works for you.
• United States
19 Mar 09
I would just unplug it. If she really loves her shows, there will probably be some fits. She'll get over it, and learn a LOT more. My kiddos are 4 and 8. I allow my 4 year old to watch one show after school, then it gets unplugged. My daughter gets to pick a show to watch after dinner while my son is taking a bath. As for me, other than House, I don't watch TV either. My kids get along better when the TV is off. They also find much more creative ways to play. When you unplug it, take out some fun activities like Play Doh. You could also bake together and make a huge mess in the kitchen and have fun. If you look up cookie or cake recipes that are egg free, it would be safe to eat raw.
• India
20 Mar 09
Thanks for sharing! My baby is too small to take her to kitchen and she already making mess in my kitchen, hehehe. Even i have noticed whenever tv is off kids are more active.
• United States
19 Mar 09
Just turn it off and unplug it. If she's only 1 1/2, it's not like she is going to sneak and turn it back on when you are gone. Give her other things to do, like coloring books and toys. Take her outside to play. As she gets older, only give her a limited amount of time she can watch TV each week, and let her choose what she wants to watch to fill that time. Also, if you don't watch TV much, you will set a better example for her, too.
• India
20 Mar 09
I dont watch tv much, sometime she wants me to sit with her, she want to watch cartoons. I am trying to train her giving linited time or limited cartoons per day. Thanks for sharing!
@fantabulus (4005)
• India
29 Aug 12
Very difficult to protect the child from watching TV. You try to convey him and say understand from your education you will get lot of success but only watching TV means time waste and the star are earning due to this show but you are wasting money and time both.
• United States
2 Apr 09
Give her a limit and give her a book she might enjoy. Bring her to a bookstore or a library and let her get a book she might want to read. Encourage her to do other things other than tv or computer.
@laglen (19780)
• United States
19 Mar 09
get rid of the tv and play with her. Believe me, she would rather have your attention than the tv. When my daughter was little, she would watch maybe 30 minutes a week. I am not much of a tv person. We haven't had tv for four years. We don't have a microwave either! Can you imagine? lol - don't miss either.