Monday, October 8, 2007

How many brain cells am I allowing my child to lose?!

Baby Einstein
and my son (eyes glued to above screen)
Aunt Kate, how many times last weekend did Blaine point at the blank TV screen and beg, "Stein! Stein!" Maybe 142?


Eric, Halcyon, Viana and Brooke said...

I love it!! Yeah, we had a little bit of addiction going on in our household, so we finally had to lock up our DVDs so Viana was not so sorely tempted. Of course we caved tonight, but what's a little movie action here and there?

kate said...

He's so cute! It's true, Blaine really does like 'Stein' but I think he said it so many times last weekend because it's one of the associations he can make. He'd look at any DVD and say Stein...and he wouldn't throw a fit when you'd say 'not this weekend.' I don't think he really cared not watching it, he just liked to say it. Besides it was pretty cute, and I think your a great mom!

oh and Taylor's ring isn't on the window sill. I'll keep looking around for it...but are you sure you don't have it??

liz said...

Benjamin watched HOURS of Blue's Clues at that age (I'm not proud of it, but it's true), and now he's considered "gifted." I think Blaine's brain is going to turn out fine. Hey, did you ever think about how much Blaine sounds like "brain"?

Emily said...

I have to admit, Claire has watched a little 'Stein' and she is only 4 months old! When I jump in the shower I sometimes put it on so she will forget she is alone. But, it only works for about 10 mins. I have to agree with Kate, I think you are a great mom. No worries!

Emily said...

Oh, Anne! Ha! Just cut yourself a big piece of Slack and don't worry about it. I've been rationalizing naughty things like too many movies and graham crackers and grapes for dinner, 'cause when I know Nate's not coming home 'til midnight, I'm just too tired to fight it some days. Plus, sometimes those windows of TV time are just what I need to regroup and muster up enough cheer to be a happy mom for the rest of the day. And I think it's better to have some TV time and a happy mom than no TV time and a tyrannical beast at the helm, right?


lori said...

I can't tell you how many pictures I have of Lucy with the same glazed over TV face! Gotta love it!

The Innkeeper said...

I think the most important thing is that you trust your feelings as a mother. You probably can guess my feelings on tv, but sometimes my kids still watch it. Sometimes you do what you have to do!

The other week in our family council we planned to have no movies or computer time all week, except for a family movie/pizza night on Friday. It made the week go a whole lot smoother when the decision was already made and Joshua had something to look forward to. My problem always comes when I'm in the middle of something, not giving my kids the attention that they need, and Joshua asks to play on the computer or watch a movie. It's so much easier if the decision is already made.

There are some people that probably feel that if my kids watched a little more tv I wouldn't be going quite as crazy. But I think I would be going even crazier because then I'd be less in line with my values.