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What's wrong with Dr Seuss he asked? To find an answer, I've been tasked. His books on cats are widely read, In libraries, schools, or just in bed. Is it because he writes such blubber that turns a child's tongue into rubber? Nonsense words and silly rhymes Confusing children at bedtimes. Or maybe it's the politics Of chicks on blocks and clocks on bricks? ...


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There is sufficient reason, imo, to be concerned. Research findings to date might suggest a correlation between television viewing and developmental problems, but they cannot show causality. Enough, in fact, that the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement suggesting that children 2 and older be restricted to no more than 1 to 2 hours ...


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I'm not sure why the grandmothers would find them to be distasteful--You would probably be better off asking them directly for that. I do, however, discourage my own child's grandmothers from reading Dr. Seuss to my child. The reason has nothing to do with speech development or mental acuity, but because I find a number of the Doctor's characters to be poor ...


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Beofett's answer is excellent, but I would like to add a few personal observations which were too long for a comment. Youtube, specifically, can be very hard to control. Our toddler (3.5 years) does get to watch stuff there, but you have to be vigilant. Examples: Looking at toys helicopters, easily browsed to real helicopters, then to some wartime ...


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On the other hand ... I was making my living as a freelance graphic designer when my children were small (way pre-iPad), and was constantly reading warnings against letting children spend too much time on the computer. I read to them a great deal, and did other activities with them as a "stay-at-home mom." But since I was actually making my living at home, a ...


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Without any further input from your mother or mother-in-law, it's most likely that this is a case of opinion, rather than fact. There are certaily a few things to dislike about Doctor Seuss books - they are very silly, surreal, and disconformist. If your two critics are very by-the-book rule-sticklers, then it may simply be a matter of opposing ...


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A 15 month old not only cannot read, but doesn't yet know that those black marks on the paper are words, or that what you are saying is somehow controlled by what is on the paper. This is something they need to learn, and they learn it in modern society through picture-only, no-text books. These are typically heavy cardboard so the toddler doesn't wreck them ...


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This sounds like pretty normal 15 month old "GOOD LORD I CAN MOVE MYSELF THIS IS AWESOME", but if it's truly looking out of control, you might want to consider talking to your paediatrician, just as a check. I think we do have a few questions on hyperactivity on the site. As far as the reading goes, children generally want to mimic their parents. My ...


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Toddlers and pre-schoolers do not have terribly long attention spans, generally speaking. 21 minutes (roughly the time of a half-hour show, minus commercial breaks) can be a long time for a kid to sit and follow uninterrupted dialog. In order to appeal to parents, shows targeting that age range will frequently try to work some sort of "edutainment" ...


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Fifteen months is early even for 100% picture books. It's far too early for understanding a storyline - it's too early for the level of imagination capable of understanding that there could be such a thing as a story. Most fifteen month olds aren't interested in books except as a very short and quick interaction with daddy/mommy. They probably aren't ...


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There should be some clarification. Do these people hate the books that were written by Dr. Seuss, or books that were written by Dr. Seuss. If they dislike the books as an extension of their dislike of Dr. Seuss, and/or some of the political views in the books, then the issue may be somewhat intractable. There is also the general political view taken in ...


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It seems to me that neither Seuss hater offered any reason why and you might just ask them to be specific, especially the therapist. Seuss was my favorite, and I recall having the full set as a toddler. By the second grade I was at a measured 8th grade reading level. Not implying cause and effect, of course, I just would say that these books didn't ruin me. ...


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A few of his later books showed more of his liberal leanings and that irked conservatives. I'm not saying it was bad, just that it shown through more in the end. "The Butter Battle Book" is probably the best known - and with an ambiguous 'ending'. BTW - I was a well behaved kid as is my child and we both grew up on Dr. S. At that age, the words are more ...


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Getting used to sleeping in your own bed can be really tough for a child! If you try to do this completely and finally, cold turkey style, you're going to have a harder time of it. If you make it a slow change, it will be easier. It also sounds like your child has his own room, but also has a cot in your room? If that is true, I feel like that might give ...


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Play with your kid, read good book for him, talk with him, teach him! The first thing we did while planning kids - we've thrown TV away. At all. We don't have a similar device at home. My daughter (5 yrs now) watches cartoons and programs that I choose for 15-30 minutes per day WITH ME on the screen using my laptop and projector. We speak about what we are ...


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Most of the answers here appear to be about screen time, but it's also important to remember that YouTube is not designed to be a safe space for a child. For example, my son likes to watch Minecraft videos. Very often these have a very unsuitable adult voiceover, plus optional heavy metal soundtrack. Do you want some random teenager swearing and talking ...


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The official recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics is: Limit entertainment screen time to less than one or two hours per day; in children under 2, discourage screen media exposure. "Entertainment screen time" is computers, tablets, phones, TV, etc. From: ...


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First, I read Dr. Seuss as a kid. We have them now for our kids. But I generally try to avoid him in favor of other authors. My Mom didn't like Dr. Seuss and I'm not a big fan either. Here's why. First, his books aren't representative of the real world - nor do they even closely approximate it. The very young children who his books are aimed at really ...


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This may seem like a detour but, firstly, let me start by saying that we taught our son to read using Dr. Seuss' books. We first learned the alphabet. Then we sat down for about half an hour each day with "The Cat in the Hat", incidentally, and started spelling out each letter of each word. I would then explain how each letter was pronounced using the ...


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My guess is that your child will do fine. It takes effort to lean to speak, and up to now, understanding German has been enough. Daycare for the first three years does not exactly make a lot of linguistic demands on a child. I had a son who largely refused to speak his (only, native) language until well after the age his older brothers had. There was ...


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I got the Discovery Animal Alphabet Video app for my 2-year old. There are several videos so that may help. I haven't tried the music yet but that may be another possibility. Pick music or videos that teach something and you are good to go. Aside from Mr. Pencil and playing with the pet it was all over her head until I discovered these. She never watches the ...


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my son was diagnosed with - 14 and -15 at 20 mos. he's been in glasses since then and it's essentially changed his life. I knew from very early on his vision was off - he wouldn't focus on me until I was very near, looked veryyy closely at everything, and has a mother with crap eye balls so I had a radar for it.. my pediatrician gave the 'go when I tell ...



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