Want to watch TV? No? Really?

I had a loose plan to record the girl’s favorite TV shows and movies every few months, thinking it would be fun and maybe silly to look back at what they used to watch.  I am happy, I think, but a little confused, to say that there is not much to report.

Molly still has no interest in the TV.  She just does not care to sit still and watch some silly show when there are so many things to mess with around the house.  We have actually tried to get her to watch a little TV, with fairly disastrous results.  Why would we want her to watch TV?  We thought she would like Sesame Street, due to her fondness of Elmo, and maybe  get some small educational value out of it.  And yes, the idea of Molly sitting still, not messing with anything, for 30 straight minutes was appealing.  But alas, she has outsmarted us and will not have any.

Even Claire’s once fine interest in TV has waned.  She does not really watch TV shows, opting mainly for movies.  So I guess she is a film snob.  She will usually pick a movie and watch it over and over in bits and pieces.  The first time, she is absorbed, if it is a good movie.  The second time, still fairly absorbed.  Then her interest fades but she keeps kind of watching until she just doesn’t care about it enough to watch any more.  Sometimes we rent a movie at the RedBox when we want her to spend a little time on the couch settling down.  Since she no longer naps, this is our best bet at something resembling real rest time for Claire during the day.  But she has even turned up her nose at fresh rentals lately.  We rented The Muppets (her choice) last weekend, and had to return it the next day unopened.  Claire has even actively declined the use of her DVD player on the last two trips our of town.

Claire Pease Park splash pad
Claire doing something apparently more fun than watching TV.

Like Molly, I guess there is just too much more interesting stuff going on for Claire to sit down and watch a long movie.  Still, Claire does watch some movies.  She likes to have her current movie on briefly during breakfast before school.  Sometimes I skip turing on the TV, and she usually does not say anything.  And there is valuable little time in the evenings after school.  Claire watches some TV (movies) on the weekend, but preferably if someone else will sit with her while she watches to talk about the movie or just act silly.  She seems to be a social watcher.

I should note that we have never had strict time limits on Claire’s TV watching.  In the past, when she used to watch more TV, we would occasionally encourage her to do something else if she had been watching for a long time.  Not so much like, “Get off your lazy keyster and go do something productive!” but more like, “Do you want to help cook dinner?”   Personally, I think strict time limits may backfire by making TV seem more alluring and valuable to kids.  All I know for sure is that Claire does not especially value watching TV unless someone is sitting next to her cuddling and talking about it.

Anyways, Claire’s current favorite movie is Bye Bye Birdie, which she watches occasionally, thanks to her mom’s recording from Turner Classic Movies (Claire does tend to like the 1960’s musicals.)  Claire especially likes to watch and giggle over the ads for the other movies at the end, especially the 1938 edition of Robin Hood.  She roars and says that the guys look like babies when they are sword fighting.

Kit and I are hoping to get Claire into the upcoming Olympics, though.  We have fond memories of watching curling on the 2006 Winter Olympics while cuddling with little baby Claire.  Maybe that is how she got started on the whole social watching thing.

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