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May 7, 2008
Yes, I Let My Two-Year-Old Watch TV
I let my two-year-old
There, I admitted it.
And while I may be kissing my Mother of the Year Award good-bye, I’ve
got some good reasons that might at least prevent the judges from
laughing out loud at my application.
I let him watch
Wheel of Fortune because my dad and mom used to watch it with me. We
used to have a healthy little family competition each night, and the
winner didn’t have to help with the dishes. And, it jump started my
lifelong love of word games and maybe even my career.
Nothing warms my heart
like watching him yell “E” or “J” at the screen. He chooses his own
letters – I have no idea how – and he has so much passion when Vanna
White finds his letter, laughing and clapping for himself. I’m
definitely seeing a sixth-grade spelling bee in his future.
I also let him watch
American Idol (which has, unfortunately, forced me to admit that
I watch American Idol). I want him to believe that he can be
anything he wants to be, but it’s more than that. It also shows him that
just because you should win, doesn’t mean you will.
Take Jason Castro for
example. Should he be singing to us, while Carly Smithson sits in her
apartment and watches him perform? Of course not. And while he’s a
little young to understand this concept, I think this is a very subtle
way of showing him that life isn’t always fair, but when forced to leave
the stage, you can still go out with a bang.
One thing I thought for
sure I would love to watch with him is Major League Baseball. I could
watch it every night – I don’t – but I could. My parents and I used to
watch baseball, too, but that was before the major sponsors of Viagra
and Bud Light were being flashed across the screen every five seconds.
Still, I guess we’ll
have to have the “talk” about avoiding alcohol and unprotected sexual
activity at some point. I figure, what better time than when we’re
happy, just after Magglio Ordonez has hit a triple against the Yankees?
He’s also allowed to
watch a few kids’ shows. Bob the Builder has a team of people,
machines and animals that have the can-do attitude I’d like him to
embrace. Handy Manny has singing tools – I’m not sure why that’s
a good thing, but it sure is catchy to go around telling him to “Hop up!
Jump in!” to his car seat so that vamanosing is possible.
We obviously TiVo shows
like House, Criminal Minds, the nightly news, and our
other favorite – Bill Maher – for when he’s sleeping. As much as I’d
love him to be a future doctor, FBI agent or liberal comedian, I figure
there’s got to be a way to encourage this that doesn’t involve weapons,
blood or the f-bomb.
I might not be Mother
of the Year, but there are some things Dr. Seuss and Sandra Boynton just
can’t teach him. I’m not counting on the tube to do too much, but a few
conversation starters via ESPN and Fox are OK by me.
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