One of the ways I've chosen to protect him is by limiting his tv intake. Don't get me wrong-we've had days where Eli has stared at a screen longer than I'd like to admit, especially when Laz was a newborn. As parents, we definitely need to keep track of time spent in front of a screen, but my biggest concern is what flashes on that screen.
So many of the popular kid shows and movies are way too involved for children under 4. Yet, we let them watch whatever comes on, including commercials! They have bossy characters with intense plot lines and it just drives me nuts! Some people think I am strict, and maybe I am. I just don't want Elijah to be stressed out about some made up story line while also learning bossy phrases. I've got enough going on without having to undo some serious negative behavioral patterns. I'm sure you're all dying to know which shows I am talking about. In an attempt to keep my friends and not offend anyone, I won't mention the ones I hate.
But, what do I approve of?
Shaun the Sheep-Hilarious claymation without words. We've been loving this show for a while and it never gets old, for the kids or the parents!
Kipper the Dog-This show has very few characters and backdrops. The simplicity of it gives the show a calming affect. Oh, and the music is awesome.
Pingu-Again, claymation without words. I really think these types of shows are great for teaching kids social skills. They learn how to interpret facial expressions and see that our actions really do speak louder than words.
Harold and the Purple Crayon-Modeled after the popular book, this 1 season long show is beautifully done. It's very imaginative and the music is awesome!
All of these shows can be found on either Netflix instant play or hulu.com except for Harold. It used to be on Netflix but not anymore. I bought the DVD and it's been sooooo worth it.
There you have it. My kid show favs. Just because it's been deemed "educational" does not make it safe. Know what you're getting into before exposing your kid to just anything.