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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Just as I would never leave Todder in Chief in the kitchen with a stepstool up to the knife set on the countertop, I would never hand him the television remote and walk away.

Because I'm the grown-up, I get to make executive decisions. That includes what programs he gets to watch and for how long he can watch them. He does get to make small decisions about his TV time, though. For example, "Do you want to watch Thomas or Blue's Clues?" In that situation, we both win. He feels like he has some control over his two-year-old life, and I know that he isn't flipping between Winx Club and SpongeBob--both of which overwhelm kids with subtle marketing and commercials for lots of useless junk.

I know full-well, that Thomas & Friends has an extensive line of tracks and trains (my kid even has a small box filled with the stuff). But I'm okay if he's hooked because the show is filled with lessons on good manners, hard work, compassion, and accepting responsibility. And his post-show desire to play with his trains does wonders for his fine motor skills and his imagination. Every time he puts that puzzle together, he ends up with a cool train-city that he created.

And after a long day of playing at the park with friends, painting pictures, and being carted from the grocery store and the Post Office, I don't mind if he gets to veg out a bit in front of the TV, complete with "eyes gazing blankly at the screen, jaws slack," as Laid-Off Dad put it. He certainly doesn't have a sedentary lifestyle--kids learn that from their parents. So 30 minutes of television every couple of days won't drain his imagination, his creativity, or his love of singing. In fact, he actually picks up new songs: "They're two, they're four, they're six, they're eight...Shunting trucks and hauling freight…"

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Argh! Thomas's infernal theme song! Make it stop!

Posted by: LOD | Oct 12, 2005 10:19:30 AM

I like the theme song... It's actually been inducted into the regular round of songs we sing.

Posted by: Suzanne | Oct 12, 2005 11:44:23 AM

I don't like Sponge Bob, but I've never been able to put my finger on precsiely why. I know I don't like the way they speak to each other, but now I realize I don't like the marketing aspect as well.

Posted by: Busy Mom | Oct 18, 2005 12:48:59 PM

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