Most days, my eight-year-old is too busy to watch much TV...a few minutes in the morning before school and maybe one show after school once her homework is done. We don't allow screen time after dinner (and before you crown me Sanctimommy Extraordinaire, we usually eat pretty late and we go to bed early so we're talking 30 minutes, tops, before baths/showers and bed.)
My struggle is finding stuff that's OK for her to watch. She's outgrown younger-kid shows that her five-year-old brother can watch, but I don't like the shows that are aimed at kids her age because they show sassy behavior and openly disobeying parents as something that's funny and cool. Believe me, I have enough problems with sass without TV shows making her think it's cute. I also really want to limit the screen violence they see, so a lot of "superhero" type shows are out.
We've realy enjoyed some of the PBS shows for older kids, like Word Girl, Wild Kratts, and Fetch with Ruff Ruffman (she literally cried when it was canceled). Both kids like My Little Pony. She's also interested in science and cooking, so Nova Science Now and cooking shows are fun for all of us to watch. And we don't have cable, so we're pretty limited to what's on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon. So, Smarter Moms:
What shows do you and your almost-tweens watch?
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