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Old 04-02-2013, 08:44 PM   #11
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We have an old school fisher price type play phone that DD certainly knows is supposed to represent a phone.

We've never had a corded phone since she's been alive, but she knows.

Yes.....I know they figure it out, mainly from us playing along with them I suspect. I just think it's funny as I tend to go toward older style toys, wooden, vintage etc....but in reality they are surrounded by technology so we can't blame them when they want to play with the modern stuff too.

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Old 04-03-2013, 05:52 AM   #12
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My actually likes the science channel. I know in some households science isn't an everyday thing around (other then the stuff that science made, a phone, lightbulbs, and so on). In this house science is EVERYWHERE. He has his favorite shows on the Science channel and will sit there just as well watching them as cartoons. I can't say I really blame him as I can sit like a fish in front of the TV watching "How It's Made". You know with the mouth wide open and unable to change the channel!

What is the difference for me, is just a bit of PBS turned him into a different person. He EVEN asked about it last night when watching is #1 all time favorite program last night, Top Gear. He LOVES Top Gear. When I say he loves cars, it isn't an understatement. He LOVES cars. He could barely talk (we are talking 1.5 at most), yet when we would go on a walk, he would name all the makes of the cars we would go by, including Acura, and Jeep, and other lesser known or driven makes. We went to a restaurant on the Jersey shore last year and he saw a Lambergeni in the parking lot. You would have thought he just saw the worlds largest candy store! He was just standing there in awe as my husband lifted him up to have a better view and look at the car.

So the fact that he asked about PBS in the middle of Top Gear, tells me all I need to know about PBS. He asked about it today and I told him he can't watch it anymore. He was able to have a calm conversation with me about it, and I told him that I didn't like the way he acts when he watches PBS. However I am still fine with him watching History and Science. I also told him that when he is done with school work he can go outside and play if it isn't too windy for him (he got cold yesterday with the wind we were having). He liked this idea.

I also told him he can watch cartoons when I go to the doctor. These will be the DVD cartoons that we have already screened.

BTW my son knows what my I phone is, but he doesn't ever play with it without asking. I can even ask him to bring it to me if it is in another room and he doesn't try. At the most he will ask daddy to play Angry Birds on it. He doesn't like playing it himself, but he does like watching others play. We don't have an I-pad so I don't know how he would be with one. His grandparents have one and he does watch things on it, but what they let him do is their business. When they leave, the I-pad goes with them and so do their rules.

In general my son is a great kid. I think that is why this PBS outburst is such a hard thing for me to understand.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:38 AM   #13
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I have a car obsessed kid also......could spot makes of car literally a block away when he was 2, floored me, so I get that.


I also have a nature obsessed kid, fav channel is animal planet......you have to be careful with that as it can be a bit gruesome sometimes.



Honestly, we obviously parent completely differently. I just couldn't ever imagine telling my kids they couldn't watch a cartoon at least once in the day(not just dr apt). My olders come home from school, tired after a long day. After snack and homework they usually watch a cartoon, decompress......then after dinner go out and play now the weather is getting better.


Part of me wonders if it's the withholding that is making your son more "obsessed" with pbs/cartoons.

You know like how kids who never have candy or chips ..........we all know people who have never had any then go crazy at parties or at college when they are free to do what they want. Wheras if it's in moderation then it's not such a big deal.
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In general my son is a great kid. I think that is why this PBS outburst is such a hard thing for me to understand.
Look at it this way: It's better if you get a little conflict now while he's small and manageable. If he was too good too often while he's little, you'd be blindsided when something comes up when he's 15. It's training for you in standing your ground. (And it's training for him, too, in how/when/why to fight the power. You're the main power in his life, so you're the one he has to practice on.)
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Honestly, we obviously parent completely differently. I just couldn't ever imagine telling my kids they couldn't watch a cartoon at least once in the day(not just dr apt).
And there's that too. But I usually like their cartoons almost as much as they do. (And, I think it's adorable when my son is so caught up in Lego Ninjago. All those cute little Lego ninjas, and it's so serious and dangerous to him.)
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Oh I know I am already going to need a second chest freezer when him and his brother (baking now) are teenagers. We can barely take DS to a restaurant now and order off the kids meals. He (they potentially) is really going to eat us out of house and home!

Your right, the small stuff when they are little, is prep for the larger stuff when they are bigger.

To the PP I think I am giving him a bit of the other side by giving him cartoons at my doctors appointments. They really are not that uncommon. Last week we had 3, now we have none till the 24, where I have one the 24 and another the 25. Then I have another on the 10 and then 2 weeks later, then every week till his brother is born. So it REALLY isn't uncommon... at least this year.
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My 4.5 yo loves cartoons. But, when ones she has seen many times are on she barely pays attention. But, when a different cartoon comes on that she's never seen before, she is like a zombie with it.

I don't think it's that it's PBS or anything, it was just new cartoons that he had never seen before. He probably thought the only cartoons that existed were those on the DVD player! I would guess that if he got to watch PBS at home more often, he would eventually lose some interest because it wouldn't be such a novel thing anymore. But, if you would rather he stick to the other channels, then go for it. Your kid, your house, your rules.
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When we switched to start allowing DS to watch a few cartoons as we were desperately packing for a huge move out of the country, I watched a kid who also adored Top Gear, Mythbusters and other shows like this to being so into cartoons. He had watched Yo Gabba Gabba and a few other shows but suddenly once he found a cartoon show that really engaged him he dumped the real life people shows all together, even favorites. I think his tastes just changed. He wanted tons at first, but eventually he started asking for less to do more playing and things. It is a new novel thing to have these shows that really are aimed at him. My DS is just now back to watching shows with real people with out whining.
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I think people who write cartoons do so using facts about human psychology and the human brain to make the shows addictive. I think people who write adult shows do the same thing. It's a smart "business" move for the entertainment industry.
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Re: Is PBS addictive for preschoolers?

It's kind of like the kid who has been told all their life that yoghurt is just like ice cream and then they have ice cream... sure yoghurt was good, but ice cream is WAAAAY better. ! lol!

I think the jump to it being addictive in the same way as some family members have addictions might be going a bit far. He's behaving like any 4.5yr old who has seen something he likes and wants more of. It's not only directed at someone his age, but it's new and different from the usual stuff.
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