It’s the TV, Charlie Brown

its-the-great-pumpkin-charlie-brownUp to this point, Molly has not cared about or even really noticed the TV, that big black rectangle on the wall that sometimes puts off random pictures and sounds.  Even when the TV is showing her beloved Elmo, Molly has been fairly hostile about TV.

Now, not watching TV is a good thing.  But like all good things, it should be taken in moderation.  Yes, Molly needs to be more moderate about not watching TV.  I mean, if she completely boycotts the TV, then we have no simple and easy way to distract her from her frequent rampages around the house, harming herself or the furniture, or just making a mess.  In fact, all of this happens almost daily.  Now, if Molly could just watch some TV — just a little — then we could all get a little break now and then.

Watching The Peanuts
Molly and Claire relax together while watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”

We finally had a break through on this front.  The trick is not Elmo or Dora, but the good ol’ Peanuts.  Charlie Brow and the gang finally hooked Molly.  We don’t know why.  But when we broke out the classic It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for Claire for Halloween, Molly started actually watching.  She actually just sits there with Claire and watches for a little while, maybe 15-20 minutes.  It is a sensation.  This is literally the first time Molly has really watched TV.

Now, of course one day, maybe not too far away, we may regret ever introducing Molly to the TV.  But our experience with Claire in this regard has been pretty positive.  She doesn’t watch very much TV, very little on weekdays, more on weekends, mostly due to time constraints.  And what she does watch is generally movies provided by me and Kit, usually the same ones over and over, and not much junk TV with all those corrupting ads.  In fact, I don’t think she’s really watched a TV show in a couple of years now.  Let’s hope Molly follows the same pattern.  Then again, for all we know, she may only like The Peanuts, which would be alright too.

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