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Unread 06-02-2009, 08:27 PM
 
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How in the world is a child that young understanding what is going on with a show like ICarly? My 10 and 12 year old kids watch that show and my 5 yr. old watches Nick Jr. He gets bored when my older kids watch their shows.

Does the child play with age appropriate toys?
what's age appropiate? I know I've always ignored the (3+) type age requirements on toys, trusting that if they want to play w/ it, they'll figure it out and they do.

My Daughter who just turned 8 reads at 2 grade levels ahead. My youngest brother who is 10, is valedictorian for the 5th grade.
My son, who is 5, one of the most quick-witted, funniest kids I've ever met and understands how things work automatically.
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Unread 06-02-2009, 09:15 PM
 
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what's age appropiate? I know I've always ignored the (3+) type age requirements on toys, trusting that if they want to play w/ it, they'll figure it out and they do.

My Daughter who just turned 8 reads at 2 grade levels ahead. My youngest brother who is 10, is valedictorian for the 5th grade.
My son, who is 5, one of the most quick-witted, funniest kids I've ever met and understands how things work automatically.
the 3+ thing is sometimes (always?) about choking hazards. Be careful.
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Unread 06-03-2009, 05:04 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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what's age appropiate? I know I've always ignored the (3+) type age requirements on toys, trusting that if they want to play w/ it, they'll figure it out and they do.

My Daughter who just turned 8 reads at 2 grade levels ahead. My youngest brother who is 10, is valedictorian for the 5th grade.
My son, who is 5, one of the most quick-witted, funniest kids I've ever met and understands how things work automatically.
I am wondering more about the child's development than the right toys. The issue is the child watching shows that are usually not geared towards a 5 yr. old. So is it just a child who is a bit more mature? Just curious here.
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Unread 06-03-2009, 05:46 AM
 
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My 11yo watches Suite life and Hannah Montana. Most of the episodes are about Zack and Cody getting a girl and Hannah getting a boy. I don't think a 5yo needs to watch that stuff.

When my son was 5, he would watch PBS shows like Arthur, Clifford, Cyberchase. I think those are a little more appropriate.
true, but how much of that would a 5-yr old be able to process?

I agree on the other shows. I'll add a couple:

Dora the Explorer
Diego
My Friends Tigger and Pooh
Bear in the Big Blue House (oldie but goodie)
Out of the Box
Hi-5
(that kid with the purple crayon) show
Caroline ?? (about a girl who tells her little brother stories and becomes the basis of the whole show)
Noddy


Gosh it doesn't feel all that long ago we were watching those, but I guess it has if I forgot the names. Wow.
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Unread 06-03-2009, 05:53 AM
 
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Heck I'd be just as happy if people in our society didn't have the mindset that HSM is only for girls. That creates a paranoid feeling in boys that are too ashamed to admit they like a movie that really isn't girly at all. So a boy likes musicals and dancing. Heavens forbid. And it doesn't make him gay. Our society is so genderized on what boys and girls are expected to do, how boring and unfair.
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Unread 06-03-2009, 06:54 AM
 
Location: moved from NC to ~Kentucky~
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It may not be appropriate in your eyes, but unless the Mom stops them from watching these shows there isn't much you can do about it.

My kids watched the PBS, Disney channels when they were younger..but if they were around older kids they would watch what they watched. My youngest is now 10 with 3 older siblings..20, 17 and 17, she would watch whatever show they watched on Disney or nickelodeon shows that wasn't "age appropriate" for her ..but with having older siblings she also walked at 8 months old. It is a matter of wanting to feel older. All of my kids are very smart one in college two fixing to graduate and the youngest is reading above a 5th grade level and made excellent scores on her eog's. I think that's more important than worrying about some kid watching disney or nick tv, is if she is learning in school, reading writing etc.. or an even more important thing is to worry about your own kids instead of worrying about someone else's kids!!! I see nothing wrong with her watching Hannah Montana Icarly or zack and cody. When you were growing up and Im sure you did this. You would play house and act like the Mom or the store clerk or even a teacher..this is acting older. Now if you caught her watching her dads porn flicks or something like that then I would have a problem with it.. but if she likes Hannah Montana in which lots of young girl (ages 5-15) do then I would not worry about it.
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Unread 06-03-2009, 07:03 AM
 
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boys like Hannah Montana too. Just sayin'

I know its about having a female role model for the girls, but as far as just watching a cute show, there's nothing particularly exclusively feminine to it. My son has a puppy crush on Emily Osment, bless him. He's got good taste at least and he could be into worse things than watch Disney programs, almost all of them for some reason are marketed to young girls but really aren't all that gender specific of shows. I bet a lot of boys watch those shows (bit dare not admit it at school -- how dumb)
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Unread 06-03-2009, 07:12 AM
 
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I have watched my granddaughter 4 and a half, progress from Baby Einstein, Teletubbies, Wiggles, Dora, Super Why, Word World, Martha Speaks. She is also into all the Princess Barbie videos. But suddenly her dad introduced her to Harry Potter and Spiderman. That is what she is talking about now. She can even repeat some of the dialog....probably too much TV watching.
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Unread 06-03-2009, 07:21 AM
 
Location: moved from NC to ~Kentucky~
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Oh MrMom2.. I totally agree boys like these shows too, ya just don't see them walking around with the Hannah Montana clothes on..lol I also agree with what you said above (Our society is so genderized on what boys and girls are expected to do,)

Your exactly right.. they could be into worse things rather than watching Disney or Nick programs. They could be out doing drugs and getting into trouble, in jail or worse. And yes this can happen to young children. I say leave them alone and let them watch the Disney channel and if people are worried about them watching too much tv,.. well limit the time frame but keep them in something active.

Jude1948.. It could be too much tv watching or she does what my daughter does and watches the show over and over and over and over and over...
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Unread 06-03-2009, 09:36 AM
 
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My 5 year old is really bored with cartoons...She likes Bindi the Jungle Girl, High 5, etc...but she is over Dora and the younger cartoons... She has moved onto SpongeBob, Phinias and Ferb, Scooby Doo...things like that.
She does keep asking to watch HM but I don't let her..
Mine too (He turns 5 in two months). Although he does watch dora still once in a while. He really loves Scooby and would watch it all day if we let him.

Confession: He was into ben10 for a while Definitely for older kids but he really liked the characters. Kids are into so much more these days. The amount of cartoons are endless. I think my son is well ahead of where I was at his age.

He is getting to the point he can turn on and watch stuff on his own. Time for the old v-chip
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