My little girls love television. It’s a fact I’ve grappled with and decided to let go of the guilt. Well, most of the time. I do try to limit the amount I watch, but it doesn’t stop their love for the medium.
Each morning I will leave the T.V. on for 2-3 hours with programs that they enjoy. We usually have a “set” routine, starting with PBS favorites like Curious George and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, then we move over to Disney Jr. to watch Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, and my youngest’s favorite, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
My girls don’t usually sit still to watch their programs. They are too busy playing with each other, but when they do pay attention to the T.V., I watch as well and look for learning moments to emphasize to them. We take part in the programs together, from yelling out, “Oh, Toodles!” to singing a song with Daniel Tiger.
In the afternoon, my girls get some time alone in their room so I can have some quiet time. (Originally, that time was meant for my girls to nap but they have given those up.) They have fun in the afternoon playing with each other, with the occasional argument. Or, should I say screaming fit because Ginny won’t give Grace the toy she wants so Grace retaliates by pulling Ginny’s hair.
Once quiet time ends and we’ve cleaned
the disaster area that was their room, Ginny always asks if we can watch a movie. Sometimes I say yes. Then she makes sure I know what she means…”Mommy, we need to watch Netflix. The red one.” The red one is the color of her box with her programs on it (which is actually orange, but hey…it does look a little red on the TV).
Ginny’s idea of a movie and my idea of a movie are two different things. Ginny perceives anything on Netflix as a movie. To me, a movie is, well, an actual movie. Luckily, Ginny has a lot of choices. I help her in narrowing down those choices. If she had her way, we might still be watching Mickey Mouse’s Once Upon a Christmas every day. (And, yes, she asks to watch it every time, and it is still available on Netflix.)
Instead of letting her and Grace watch the same things constantly, I point out new movies they haven’t seen as well as some favorite T.V. programs. There are some I try to avoid at all costs. Somehow, they discovered a program called Color Crew. I find it incredibly annoying. There is no talking and the music grates on my nerves for some reason. However, my girls, for whatever reason, love it! Thank goodness there are only 4 episodes.
In the past few weeks, my girls have watched Mr. Peabody & Sherman at least three times (enjoyable even for adults), Joseph: King of Dreams (lots of questions about his hair). Turbo, Super Why, all the episodes of the Netflix original series The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Mickey Mouse: Road Rally, and Fantasia.
There are a few other movies I can’t wait to show the girls like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (although that might be too old for them), An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island, Wind in the Willows, and Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo.
One of the things I love most about watching programs with my girls is the chance to talk about what they’ve watched. Although, I can do with a few less “whys” from Ginny during the movie, such as “Why does he have a beard? Why does he have short hair now?”
What do your kids watch on TV? Do they have favorite programs or movies?
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