As I wrote last week, we recently DVRed a few different kids shows to decide what, if anything, we were comfortable with Eli watching. We decided that for now, Sesame Street was the only thing we really wanted to expose him to, though if we’re being honest, he definitely watches football and occasionally catches a cooking show or two. But Sesame Street was the first show we put on the tv just for him.
Now, we’re not trying to force him to watch tv by any means. If he ends up shunning the tv we’ll have to check his genetics, but we just want to make sure that if he wants to watch it, that he’s watching appropriate shows. So today, for the very first time, we watched a recorded episode of Sesame Street.
And at first, he could not have cared less. While I’d certainly never push tv on my child or lament that he isn’t a natural born couch potato like his parents, I was a little bummed he might not have the same love of Sesame Street, Big Bird and Elmo the way I did and the way his cousins did. I left it on and left him alone and for a while, he continued to ignore the tv and play with his toys. He ignored Big Bird’s plight about not being allowed to join the good bird club. He ignored Big Bird turning bright blue and getting very small.
In fact, he ignored it until Mila Kunis, Elmo and 2 sheep started chatting and then he was very, very interested. I’m starting to think my child is not so into the puppets, but likes pretty girls instead. For the rest of the episode he watched and played on and off, occasionally chatting with (okay, at) the tv when something particularly sing-songy or colorful appeared. It was completely adorable.
I’m not going to lie, watching my child watch a show that I loved as a kid was much cooler than I expected it to be. I know that some parents don’t like their kids getting attached to television characters, but if my child grows up to love Big Bird and Elmo (or some of those new fangled characters), I will be nothing short of thrilled. They were my favorites when I was little and I think I turned out just fine. And if he learns his numbers and letters in the process of enjoying those silly puppets, then even better.
Needless to say, this is a timer on our DVR we won’t be canceling anytime soon.