Making of a TV monster

posted by Jeff | Monday, April 23, 2012, 12:45 PM | comments: 0

Simon has watched a lot of TV in the last few days. I'm not crazy about this arrangement. At first it was just something for him to engage in while he wasn't feeling good, but then it expanded into a distraction while he was getting his nebulizer meds.

That said, his playlist is very limited. There's the stack of Sesame Street on the DVR, his Pajanimals DVD, and a disc we got from the library, something called "Letter Factory" or something. That last one in particular, through sheer repetition, has pushed him to recognition of most of the alphabet practically overnight. The other day, I was wearing a T-shirt with "Baltimore" on the sleeve, and he pointed at the "B" and identified it verbally. Watching Sesame Street last night, he pointed at the "N" during the "brought to you by" review and made the "N" sound. Granted, we try to reinforce this stuff with him when we play with his letter puzzle and some of his other toys, but this seemingly came out of nowhere.

I'm not sure why, but I just don't like him watching a lot of TV, even though he's clearly getting some benefit from it. I watched a lot of TV growing up, and I'd like to think I didn't end up developmentally deformed, but I just think there are better things for him to do, especially with his speech delay and a few lagging motor skills. Fortunately, Simon isn't one to veg-out in front of the TV anyway. He gets bored with it. At the same time, he does ask to watch quite a bit.

I can't believe this is stuff I worry about.


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