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How much TV do you let your kids watch?

by Claire Winlow (follow)
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If your children have a varied and active lifestyle, do you think it's ok for them to watch a little TV? I know some Mum's who are set against any TV and others who welcome it as a distraction so they can get a few things done. What do you think?

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This made me chuckle. My youngest niece is a TV addict. She also loves running around outdoors, playing with her toys, and a whole manner of things. But sometimes you need to get stuff done and the TV is the best way to keep her occupied.

My nieces never really had too much restriction on TV time, but as they've gotten older they've all started watching less and less TV.
I don't really set a time limit although my one friend swears by using an egg timer which beeps when TV time is over.
As we don't watch much TV ourselves, we've just got the one TV in our house and this isn't in the main 'social' living area. I think due to this our son just self regulates and tends to get bored after 30 minutes or so.
I think TV has its place though. If I'm cleaning, taking a phone call or cooking, a quick episode of The Octonauts is an absolute godsend and will happily distract him and give him some chill out time too. Guess like most things, everything is good in moderation.
My nieces watch around 2-3 hours of TV every couple of days.
We don't really have a rule about it. Mostly I let my eldest self regulate. She'll watch for a while then get bored and turn it off to do something else. I try and come up with stuff for her to do instead and offer it to her and usually she'll prefer a game or a story over tv if it's offered. I think if I restricted screen time that would make tv watching a bigger deal to her than it is. We do have rules about what time of day she can watch it- just not after dinner because it's quiet time, and not during meals so we can talk.
The less TV they watch the better - my kids are so busy using their own imagination, exploring their world, painting, drawing, crafting, cooking, gardening that there is hardly any time left for television.
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