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Warning to all American parents who've ordered Harry Potter (1 Viewer)

andrew markworthy

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Speaking as a British parent who has had the DVD for a week or so now, be warned that if you have kids, the ****ing thing will be on every day. It was fun the first couple of times, but the next six or seven viewings have been a little more tiring.
Have a nice day.:angry:
 

David Lambert

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So what makes this different from Teletubbies, Power Rangers, Batman, The Transformers, Beast Wars, DragonTales, JayJay the Jetplane, Spongebob Squarepants, or just about ANY Disney movie (especially Toy Story)?

I've actually taught my son (4) to use earphones...
 

Paul W

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WARNING TO PARENTS WITH MC DONALDS IN TOWN:
Your children will want to have McDonalds every day of the week. It will be good the first couple of times, but after that . . . well, you get the idea.
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
 

Peter Overduin

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Speaking as a Canadian parent, I don't understand this warning. In my house, rules are set by me and my wife; the parents. we set limits on what the kids view and when. Isn't it like this in most homes?
 

Kyle McKnight

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Tell them to get out from in front of the TV and go outside to play. Better yet, go outside with them and play too. :)
 

Pete B.

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Mix up their viewing with a little porn & violence and I'm sure Harry Potter won't have too bad of an effect on them later in life :)
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David Lambert

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After reading some of the other posts here on the subject, I have to chime back in. You see, my first post DOES make it sound like I give in to my kid's TV desires all the time. No way.
If he had his way, he WOULD watch the same small group of things time and again. I get him to watch something different from time-to-time (among the reasons why the group has gotten as big as it is!); I get him to go play with toys and read books. I get him to ride his trike and play basketball. I get him to build with Legos and Lincoln Logs. I get him to sing songs and spell words and draw and color and even surf the net (a goodly amount of the time I am on HTF, he is on the computer next to me - sometimes alone and sometimes with mom - learning to navigate around with the mouse and find things that interest him).
It can't all be about TV. And it can't all be about what HE wants to do. It's about finding time to learn, explore, and grow.
TV shows and films have a wonderful power to educate while entertain. But it's also good to get out once in a while, too. Yesterday me and Stephen simply got in the car and drove around exploring within a 10-mile radius, to see what was new. We're in Memphis, about 2 miles north of the Missisippi state line, and we heading south until we hit 302, turned around, got back into Tennessee, headed east until we left the county, turned north a few miles, then headed back home in a zig-zag fashion. We talked, we sang songs, we stopped and watched a train go by, we found at least 5 new places to eat that we can check out when mom gets back in town from her trip, we discovered a major new shopping center being built, and I spotted the location that is the future home of the Memphis Belle bomber (yes, the one depicted in the film). It was a grand way to spend a few hours; much much better than watching "Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie" for the umpteenth time, don't you agree? :D
If Harry bothers you, turn off the TV and do something else!
Otherwise, don't worry...if they watch it this much now, they will get tired of it soon enough, and then you'll rarely (if ever) have to watch it again! ;)
Sorry, I'm sure you didn't want any dissertations on parenting skills when you started this thread...
 

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I guess i am lucky since i won't be getting this title. My kids have no interest in it. On the other hand there are plenty of other titles they can bug me with:)
 

DeanWalsh

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Things could be worse Andrew... I remember wanting to watch Nightmare on Elm St repeatedly when I was a kid ;)
 

Chris Lock

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> Didn’t we see Star Wars that many times when we were kids?
Yeah, I practically wore out my DVDs in the early 80s. ;)
 

andrew markworthy

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I should have elabourated a bit more. I don't cravenly give in to my kids (and yes, they do get exercise as well). It's just that they bring all their little friends round who haven't got the VHS or DVD of HP yet, and then their other little friends come round because we've got the widescreen version or they've only seen it on VHS. Then their parents come to see it ...

And no, I didn't see Star Wars when I was a kid - I was studying for my doctorate by the time ROTJ came out.
 

Jeff Pryor

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Heck, in my house I'M the one always watching the same thing on TV: Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. My wife has put up with it for 5 years now and she's not complaining yet. Gotta love her for it.
 

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