I'm not anti-tv, I promise.
I'm just anti-glassy eyed kids pitching fits for cartoons. Or is my kid the only one who does that?
Now that Henry's favorite line is "I no need go night-night", the idea of Thomas and Hiro entertaining my noncompliant, whiny almost-3-year-old sounds real appealing most days. Especially on the days when he insists that "Lulu, no need go night-night" and proceeds to do everything in his power to wake her up or even better, prevent her from taking a nap.
So far, my resolve has remained strong and shows are still not an event in our day. It helps that I am running off a 10-year-old Mac that doesn't support streaming video and that Henry's irrational fear of Pete makes our only Mickey Mouse Clubhouse dvd not an option. But the library is just 3 blocks away and there are plenty of Thomas the Train dvd's just waiting to be checked out.
So yeah, I think about the allure of letting Henry zone out in front of a non-violent cartoon on a regular basis. But, in my dream world the video would end, I would say "okay, let's go play outside" and Henry will say "alrigh', Mama" and then we will play our little hearts away with no fuss and fights.
Um, yeah. That's not how it works with Henry though. In reality, the video ends and he goes crazy for more trains, Elmo, whatever. I'm pretty sure some people who have witnessed Henry's refusal to accept the end of a movie, blame his over-exuberance on the fact that screen-time is severely limited in his little life and maybe, if he had more exposure he would be willing to accept the end of the movie.
Nice in theory. More shows = happier end of the shows. But, I know my child and that's not the way Henry operates. He always needs one more book read to him, one more minute at the park to play, one more pinch out of the brown sugar bag, one more block on our walk, one more, one more, one more. You give the kid an inch, he takes 3 inches and then he needs at least 6 more inches to hold in his lap while you are left struggling with the reality of losing all your inches to a 24 pound little boy.
So, we remain napless and showless.
All I can say to that is.....thank goodness for country roads and money in the budget for gas.