up till now we have severely limited his t.v. exposure – only using it in rare cases such as when i had extreme morning sickness or when he was sick. on the flight over we attempted to cajole him into watching toy story, which was a total failure… because up until recently he was never really interested in watching anything.
but now that he’s been exposed to t.v. thanks to a week worth of childcare he’s addicted!
and that means, it’s become grounds for him to assert his will over ours. simply put, the t.v. itself has become a kind of battle ground here in the davis home…
so far our tactic has been distraction. which has a 50/50 chance of actually working. argh.
but we think we’ve come to a few conclusions as to how we’re going to approach our upcoming battles…
for one, a temper tantrum will never result in him getting to “watch…”
our second resort thus far has been to put in a praise baby dvd – which allows us to do more than veg in front of the t.v. – we use it as a kind of interaction tool as we sing with it and call out the names of things/numbers/letters on the screen.
and lastly, we’ve discovered that the movie finding nemo has an “aquarium scene” which virtually allows us to meet his desire to “watch…” as well as our desire to keep our home peaceful.
of course, we’re not anti-t.v. – we simply don’t want it, or sterling for that matter, to dictate our lives.
and since we freely admit that we don’t know what we’re doing in the realm of winning this particular toddler war we’re positive that these “watch…” techniques will need to be revisited and revised in the future, but for now we’re going to implement these trial and error weapons of war!
and yes, comments/suggestions are welcome!