curves asks:

My 3 yr old asks to watch a particular cartoon or Disney film, but keeps getting up and running around and leaving the TV to look at other things.

Then will run back again, my husband keeps turning the TV off as he says she needs to learn to appreciate things, and should sit still and watch the cartoon or film.
In Topics: Parenting / Our Family, Discipline and behavior challenges, Communicating with my child (The tough talks)
> 60 days ago



May 26, 2013
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

The attention span of a young child is minimal at best! If you can get a three year to attend to a cartoon for ten minutes then you are doing well! Learning to sit and attend for long periods of time is considered developmental in nature.  So, expectations should be age appropriate and ten minutes is about the right amount of time a child of three will sit as they also are being drawn to exploring their environment and don't put a high value on TV, as say an adult would.  Note: Some children may attend a little bit less, while others more.

Hope this helps!

Louise Sattler, School Psychologist

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