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The Sandis Top 10 Family TV Shows for Preschoolers

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Ever find yourself reciting every word of your child’s favorite TV show to the point that you are just begging for them to become attached to a different one? Well, in honour of my fellow parents begging for educational but entertaining shows which also pay attention to influencing good values; the hubby and I have compiled the following…here’s a list of our favorite TV shows for T in any order:

    1. The Magic School Bus
    2. The Magic School Bus Rides Again
    3. Floogals
    4. Ask the StoryBots
    5. Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood
    6. Tayo the Little Bus
    7. Blaze and the Monster Machines
    8. Word Party
    9. Dinotrux
    10. Dinotrux Supercharged
    11. Treehouse Detectives
    12. Transformers Rescue Bots
    13. Team Umizoomi
    14. Paw Patrol
    15. PJ Masks
    16. The Lion Guard (not on Netflix UK 🤷)
    17. Super Monsters
    18. Super Why (We pick this up on YouTube)
    19. Super Wings (not on Netflix UK)
    20. Curious George (also not on Netflix UK)

By the way:

  • Unless stated otherwise, most of these shows at the time of this posting are available on Netflix UK.
  • I like to find time to watch TV with my son as it allows me to reiterate the lessons of the episode. It also provides us with a great tool to use when explaining morals in certain situations. For example, “Do you remember Lulu in that last episode we watched when her friends were upset she didn’t share? Well that’s how your friends feel when you don’t share with them.”
  • I believe it’s important as well to watch TV with your kids to point out connections, explain and make references to real life (just don’t talk to much! 😊)
  • We think it makes good parent-child time when done the right way (yup no checking your phone every two minutes)
  • Experts suggests that too much screen time is unhealthy for children. As such we try to balance screen time with play and structured activities (indoor and outdoor).

I hope this list helps you. If it does, please share with other parents and or comment with your own favorite TV shows.

Disclaimer: We are in no way affiliated with any of the above TV shows or streaming medias. This is simply our opinions.

We all got one! A Person Who Seems To Know How To Raise Your Child Better Than You. 3 Tips On How To Tame That Dragon

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Lets be real, being a parent is one of the hardest things to do…well for those of us who want to do it well anyway.

Sometimes I find myself in situations where, as a friend of mine would say, “I don’t know my wrist from my rass”.  My son can do something so incredibly smart but naughty at the same time and I would stand there not knowing whether to laugh or to punish him. Everyday, from the smallest detail to the biggest throw-down I am trying to be the best mother possible to my son. Yet, there’s always someone who wants to make my job a little bit harder. That person who insinuates that I am not doing it right.

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I do need the advice but what I don’t need is another person scrutinizing every parental decision I make for my child.

Here are 3 ways I deal with people like that in my life:

1. Do Not Engage

“He’s going to bed too late. When I had Joey he was in bed by 6 o’clock.”

My response would be the most uncaring, apathetic, disinterested “Okay”

This is the one I use when I am most annoyed. When I want to be completely disrespectful but I know my mother didn’t raise me that way. Usually when I do this, the respondent would just look at me like a deer in headlights, completely unsure on whether they should carry on or not. Most of the time they don’t.

2. Engage with Sarcasm

“His diaper either needs changing, he’s hungry or he’s sleepy.”

“You don’t say 🙂 ”

This is the one I use when I think the advice is plain stupid or when I am in the middle of resolving the problem, but before I can, the advice comes pouring in.

3. Time’s Up. Set Boundaries

“You have to let him cry it out.”

“I’m not doing that”

I use this when its time to set boundaries. When I have had enough. Every child and every situation is different and occasionally people have to be reminded of this.

How do you handle people who question your parenting?

 

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