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Repeat this to yourself until you hear and believe the words: YOU ARE NOT A BAD MOM! You are going through some stressful times, and on top of that you have a THREE YEAR OLD! You're allowed to let things slide right now that you might not otherwise. Cross my heart. Now, it sounds like you need to not only give yourself a little love and forgiveness, ...


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I will echo what the other's have said - you are not a bad mother. You are a mother who is balancing your own expectations for parenting with reality. The world is not an ideal place and therefore we can never be ideal parents. It sounds like both of you would benefit from her learning independent play. Unfortunately for you both the process of learning ...


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TV overuse kills imagination Television provides an almost complete experience for us and our children. It provides images and sounds, which are probably the source of 90% of stimulai. When we watch tv we are fully immersed in it, but we are only the receivers. We do not add anything of our own to the experience. When a child watches TV, it is actually not ...


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We actually don't watch a lot of TV at my house (we had our cable turned off as my husband and I felt most of our favorite shows were available on netflix and we didn't mind waiting a season or two and getting stuff late - why pay when you don't have to?) That means we don't have access to all the newest stuff, but, we borrow a lot of Bill Nye from the ...


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Did you already check out the other questions tagged with television? Notable examples are (in no particular order): How do you gauge if a show, movie or story may be too frightening for your child? Is there any consensus among researchers concerning the effects of watching television and the likes for a child's development? What TV shows are wholesome ...


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I watch with my kids sitting in my lap. When it's too scary, they shiver and get extremely tense. So far, we haven't had any issues if we stop after the first scene with that reaction. After a few times, we pretty much know their limits beforehand. Also, there's something to be said for making them face their fears every once in a while, especially the ...


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Just to add a bit of frugality here: don't throw more toys at your kid. By toys I mean thing you buy and keep somewhere. Maybe just give him or her a roll of toilet paper and I would be surprised if the game of unrolling this thing will not take more than 3mn. Also, I think letting kids getting bored a little bit on some occasions during the week can be a ...


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It sounds like your toddler needs to learn the value of self-directed, independent play. Contrary to the belief of many parents, such play is possible. It may, however, take a form a little different than you expect and it will still require your effort. Magda Gerber and her Resources for Infant Educarers really provide an invaluable framework for ...


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Here is my revised answer to your question: Without conducting a study of my own or writing a post-graduate level research paper on the topic, it is hard to answer the questions you have asked. As a parent who got fed up with her children's heroin-like addiction to the zombifying effects of television and promptly cancelled our cable TV subscription, I am ...


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Is looking at a computer monitor the same as viewing the TV? Depends on what is on the computer monitor. What about Participating in games on the computer or on a gaming system? This is more active than the passive act of watching TV, so marginally better for the gray matter--though note that plenty of games are 'barely' active. How about ...


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Many fully-grown adults require a certain amount of noise to sleep (hence the sleep function on your TV and on many alarm clocks that include a radio function as well). I did find one study (and admittedly only read the abstract) that showed that background music can result in delayed sleep and sleep with less depth. However, the study was more focused on ...


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I have met Icelander who said they learned a lot of their English from TV & sometimes you can tell which shows they watch (American vs British) by their accent. But they are in a country with widespread bilingualism, English has prestige (and more importantly isn't Danish) & is cool among young people, etc. My reading "Screen Time" was very ...


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As far as toddler language acquisition is concerned, the more exposure a toddler gets to a language, the better he/she learns it. The correlation is direct and very obvious in young kids (say 1-5 years old). Exposure takes many forms: videos, songs, books, conversations with real people. So if you could read Spanish bedtime books along with showing the ...


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Most of the opinions here advocate "get him away from that" or the like, with the chosen answer advocating that you "get him into a lot of engaging activities." The problem is that nobody has asked: What does your baby like? I'm sure you know the answer to this. If you don't know, then throw lots of varied things his way and observe. It will help you see ...



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