And now? Disney Junior
And I do not let her watch TV all day, but if she asks and I feel it’s appropriate, I let her watch.
Why? Well first of all, she’s the smartest 2 year old in her class. I’d love to say it was all me, but I have to thank the additional resources thrown in between:
Hooked on Phonics DVDs
Your Baby Can Read
Ni Hao Kai Lan
The Fresh Beat Band
The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Clifford the Big Red Dog
and the like.
For one? My kid knows all her shapes including ovals and diamonds. Thanks to Team Umizoomi for that.
Kai Lan and Yo Gabba Gabba teach her about manners, though I think she often misses the memo.
But, when Mommy and Daddy want to watch TV? We just wanna friggin watch the darn tv.
No tantrums, no complaints.
We talk about taking turns and we talk about “Cay-Cay’s turn” and “MommyDaddy turn” (because she thinks her dad and I are often one being and always say our names together with no ‘and’ in between).
And she’ll say NOOOOOOOOO CAY-CAY TURN. I watch Ni Hao Kai Lan! I watch Upside Down Show! I watch ________ (insert name of other show whose theme song I know that I wish I did not)
No, it’s Mommy and Daddy’s turn to watch tv.
And? If she’s feeling extra dramatic? Full on tantrum complete with foot stomping and non-existent tears.
I just want to watch a movie.
“Oh honey, just let her watch Ni Hao Kai Lan, she’ll be in bed in no time.” (That’s the husband)
“Uhh I don’t want her to watch flippin’ Ni Hao Kai Lan, when the heck do we ever get to watch what we want to watch?” (That’s me sounding just like my doggone two year old)
Husband: “Well, we can always get her a little–”
Me: “Don’t EVEN talk to me about getting this child a tv. She will not have her own tv.”
I made an executive decision that we will only have 1 tv and that’s the family tv in the living room (not counting our ancient tv in our bedroom because my husband CANNOT SLEEP without background noise ala ESPN.) If she’s going to torture us with Nick Jr, then we get tortured as a family. At least I have my laptop to distract me from the madness. I already see how dumb I can be thanks to the trashy tv on the idiot box, I just don’t want her staring at tv whenever she feels like it.
Like her dad she needs noise to fall asleep, but I have opted for ocean sounds from her Brookstone sound machine.
It’s like that friggin book Go the F* To Sleep. I just wanna watch tv, but my kid? Has other plans for me.
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