Enertaining Children

United States
January 10, 2007 10:38pm CST
What do you do to help enertain your children? I have a 7 yr. old daughter who loves her TV and that's all she wants to do. She has not ever liked dolls, barbies, or girlie things. She will play outside some but hates it most the time. If I don't have time to sit down and play board games and she's completed her homework and reading for the day then I just don't know what else to offer her. She doesn't like to color or do crafts. Any suggestions ?
6 responses
@sbeauty (5870)
• United States
12 Jan 07
Yes, turn off the TV and limit her watching to only an hour a day. My daughter did that with her boys several months back, and now they are both playing much more creatively. Children like TV because it's easy. They don't have to work at it or really think about it. They can be entertained by doing nothing. That is creating a lot of children who have no ability to imagine anything. I taught at Richard Hardy for the last 4 years (Kindergarten and 1st grade), and it was very hard to get some of the children to even try to imagine something. Imagination is an important thing. Imagine where we'd be if people like Edison had had no imagination!
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• United States
12 Jan 07
Great advice!!! I love the thought on Edison. Do you live in Marion County ? We need to scrapbook one nite if so.
• United States
13 Jan 07
Does she like using the Internet? There are so many games she can play or even read books. Also if she likes say the Disney channel they have a website where she can go on and read about the different show and they also have games there she can play.
• United States
13 Jan 07
She likes the internet every once in a while. To me it is just as bad as them watching TV all day. She does read quite a bit. I have 3 children and she is just so different from the other 2. It just makes me crazy some days trying to enertain her since she enjoys such few things in life.
@jcvsmom (50)
• United States
12 Jan 07
Maybe just keep the TV off and see what happens! I like the idea of getting her involved in Girl Scouts. What about church? If there is a church that you attend there may be some mid-week activities for children that you could get involved in. If she did some scrapbooking with you, she might find she likes that! Take lots of photos at her next birthday party and let her make her own scrapbook of the day's events!
• United States
13 Jan 07
I am trying to cut way back on the TV watching. She is in Girl Scouts which amounts to 3 hrs. a month. She does scrapbook when I can talk her in to it. I live in a very small town and our church nor any others here offer nothing for younger children. I did put her in a "fun" basketball league this week. She is loving it so far. It only last for a month but hey that's one month of less TV.
@domenyag (1273)
• Philippines
11 Jan 07
i guess you lack communication to your kid. communication is the key. i mean, talk to her, try to make her live. do not be very busy to your work. show to your kid that you want to play with her.
• United States
12 Jan 07
You could not be more wrong. I'm a stay at home Mom and spend every waking minute with my children that I can. I have put her in jazz, tap, ballet and softball. She hated them all. I did not start this post to receive criticism, I was looking for healthy ways to enertain my little one.
@april444 (1341)
• United States
14 Jan 07
I would definately take tv time away. My girls can get like that too though but I tell them that the tv is off and they can either go look at the wall or find something to do. They find something to do in less than 1 minute lol staring at the wall is no fun. They love to read ,do puzzles , color, play with dolls, play with their dad, ect. You can always get her a small dog then you would be able to get her outside more to walk him. good luck :) Is this your only daughter/child?
• United States
12 Jan 07
unfortunately the day of the TV is here. Kids are pushed aside and dont get limited on the tv and video games. That has to do with the increase in obesity in children. Talk to your child and see what her interests are. Maybe there is something else that she likes or wants to try. Another thing would be to see if you can get her involved in maybe girlscouts or something like that. even if it isnt daily, she will gets some variety