Kids and TV

What's with the TV and kids sitting right in front of it? I can't really understand why my kids would always sit on the carpet right in front of the TV. We do have a couch.

Of course, whenever I see them sitting like that, I would ask them to back out. They will back out. And then there they go again. On my 3rd warning, I will turn it off. And no more TV for the next 1-2 hours. They're not happy with it but they don't have a choice. And yet, there they go again.

I can't let them go on one day without TV (unless we are out of the house) because they will drive me crazy! I need help!

What can I do? I don't want to keep on telling them where they should be seated. It is like this everyday single day... whenever I leave them with the TV, the next time I see them, they will be right in front of it again... my son started wearing glasses at the age of 7.

There has been 2 occasion where my daughter accidentally pushed the TV and it fell on the floor. Lucky for them, it is under warranty and it was fixed. I told them that once it is no longer repairable, that's it, no more TV for them.

I am so glad that school started again, that means less TV time for them.

Any suggestions? Is it much better to let them play gameboy and/or computer instead of watching TV? Which one is the lesser evil?

22 comments:

bugsybee said...

That indeed is a mystery, Jo. When we were kids, we always had the same warning from my parents: don't stay so close to the TV! And yet, there we were all sprawled on the cold floor just a few feet away from the TV. When my nephews and nieces started coming, I found myself echoing my parents' warning. So... is it the magnet?! LOL But I know it's not good for their eyesight.

JO said...

Hi Bugsy,
You know, I don't remember sitting in front of the TV when I was a kid. None of us (my siblings) did.

pao said...

my mom used to put a masking tape with a distance of 4 feet from the tv. that's our guide not to go beyond that line when watching... or else, no tv the whole day. it worked naman for me & my kapatids. hahaha!

try encouraging them to play boardgames & reading books. join them in these activities too.

hope this helps. :)

fennymun said...

Hi Jo! I am so relieved that kids and TV is a "worldwide" issue instead of my own!! As a working mom, I have extreme difficulty in controlling my son's habbit of switching on TV while I am not at home. My hubby even 'warns' my son that he will throw away the TV if he doesn't switch off the TV after the scheduled time. But at the age of 5 1/2, he would just forget about it while his younger brother collaborates with him in switching on the TV.
So, I'm glad that school has started as at least, it'll keep him busy in the morning...

Linnor said...

Gameboy, Playstation, computer and tv all have that "addicting" effect on our kids... I rejoice when they spend some time reading books or running around playing basketball...

It is still best to go back to the rough and tumble games our generation were used to... You're lucky you're just near the parks where the kids could indulge in other activities like flying kites, picking fruits, fishing, swimming etc.

tani said...

hi jo. i had a similar problem with my son. my solution... i placed a coffee table in between the tv and the sofa.

Anonymous said...

I remember my mom telling me the same thing... and she's right. Now I'm wearing eyeglasses/contact lenses. Matigas lang talaga ulo ko... just turn off the tv pag ayaw pa rin pasaway!

-faye

ethel said...

la pa akong bebe pero mas ok yang idea ni tani.
kids talaga anoh? hehhe
kisses to them.

JO said...

Hi Pao, Fenny, Linnor, Faye and Ethel,

I'm trying something different this week. Actually this has been suggested by my son's teacher last year, I just find it hard to implement, but we'll see how it goes this week.

Thanks gals! Will keep your tips in mind in case my plan didn't work out.

Raquel said...

I think Tani is right!!!

Jut put anything infront of the television to keep them away.

So what's your idea? Hehehe, share it with us.

Anonymous said...

uh... remove the carpet ? (hehehe!) baka sobrang comfy ng carpet nyo. - mamajenn

HipNCoolMomma (Girlie) said...

it depends on the kind of games they play (playstation and gameboy), once they get hooked on the game, it will give you the same eye problem, both my kids wear eyeglasses, and the culprit is of couse tv,gameboy,playstation,computer, etc.

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JO said...

Hi Raquel,
2 days pa lang, but it seem to work, I'll make an entry soon.

Hi Jenn,
Naku, luma na ang carpet ko and its not even comfy.

Hi Girlie,
You're right. I should just try to engage them in board games and nothing electronics. And welcome to my blog.

Rodolfo said...

grabe talga ang mga bata ano? well, ganyan tlga...ano ba ayaw mo sa kung sa sahig sila maupo, un ba ay dahil malapit sila sa tv or dahil sa dapat pag maupo, sa couch dahil ang couch ay para upuan... ako kase i feel comfortable din sa sahig, lalo kung me karpet...at saka ung couch ginagawa na lng sandalan, hehe... subukan mo at very comfortbale ka kesa sa dun tlga sa couch..sabi nga, u have to be a child to understand a child... naks... batang isip nko nito ngaun...haha

marichu said...

Hi there JO nice to be back!
some tips for your children...
they await you to be angry or mad and thats the time they hear you well kakapagod guro laging ganun ang style dba, so make them commited or something like this look straight in the eye"now its 7:30 pm before 8:00 pm and I still see you seated in the carpet I send you automatically in your rooms, is it clear for you?? I will appreciate a lot if you follow!" force them answer to your question "yes it is clear mom" voila they are committed, children can make commitment not only adults and if still they dont follow. You are serious in sending them to in their rooms.
suggestion lang yan bat it is still up to you since you are a mother and me not heheh God bless you and your family!
marichu
www.filipinainfrance.blogspot.com

Junnie said...

ika nga e, the bigger the better :)

in reality Jo, we are worse and are closer to the TV than the kids

kasi we are in front of the computer almost 3-8 hrs a day...

wala na yatang radiation ang tv these days...that was the sole reason why we cant be too near then...

when i was a kid, i had a 4 inch tv in my room, so sanay na ako na malapit :) (im a bad example - hehehe)

Joy said...

my sons' the same, goes off from the settee and settles on the carpet. *sigh* I remind him to step back all the time. He obeys me but not for long. *sigh again* He doesn't watch the TV for hours though (not yet); only when his favorite cartoon channel runs his favorite for about 2 hours.

I think Tin's suggestion will work. :-))

JO said...

Hi Dops,
Ang ayaw ko ay yun nakadikit ang mukha sa TV.

Hi Marichu,
The best way for me is to just turn the TV off.

JO said...

Hi Junnie,
I never thought of the computer as bad for our eyes, bad nga ba talaga?

Hi Joy,
I've rearrange my living room today, hopefully, they won't be in front of the TV anymore.

MrsPartyGirl said...

hi jo, i think tama sila... addicting talaga ang tv. i guess it's the same effect for everything (including books!) kapag sobrang engrossed tayo. we tend to go nearer in order to better understand kung ano yung nangyayari or sinasabi nung pinapanood natin.

eversince i allowed her to watch tv, i would always tell ninna "malapit!" if she's too close to the tv na. minsan talaga hindi niya na napapansin na lumalapit siya, so it's really up to us parents to remind them. in my case sumusunod naman siya (thankfully!). and now that we have a bigger tv, siya na mismo yung umuupo sa malayo (naduduling ata siya, hehehe).

but you're right, they really need something more active to do rather than vegetate in front of the tv. good luck with your new technique. share mo sa amin pag effective ha? :)

fennymun said...

Hi Jo, what's the new trick that your son's teacher suggested? hope it works (and I'll try it out as well). :)

JO said...

Hi Meeya,
But I have been reminding my kids every single day since they were young... and yet, its always the same!!! haaaay...

Hi Fenny,
My experiment seems to be working, today is the 4th day of my "new house rules"... and its been pleasant for all of us... I'll make an entry next week. I still have to see how our weekends will look like.