Too much excitement just might kill me!
When Monkey woke up from his nap this afternoon, he was in a bit of a weird mood. It wasn’t a great nap – although it was nearly 3 hours long, he woke up twice and needed to nurse to resettle, and he seemed upset when he woke up the last time, as if he still wanted to be asleep.
He wanted to sit on the couch and pat the dogs – he pats the chair and tells them ‘Up!’ just like we do – very cute! But the dogs are only interested for so long. As in, two minutes long.
Since it is very hot and very muggy today, I thought I’d take a look and see if Play School was on television, and see if Monkey was interested.
I never turn the television on during the day – it usually only goes on for brief moments when Monkey is playing with the remote. And previously he has shown next to no interest in watching it in any case – although he has been strangely fascinated by Iggle Piggle on occasion – can someone please explain that show to me??
I’m generally not a fan of little kids watching television, but I totally get the attraction. Monkey has been so full in his whole life I can understand the appeal of being able to sit him on the couch for half an hour and get something done for a change!
But all of a sudden today – holy attention span Batman!
He sat on my lap on the couch chewing his fingers and watched TV (kids channel) for a full hour! And then I turned it off… But I was kind of tempted to leave it on and see how long he would last! In fact this was so unusual that I took his temperature just to check – but of course it was fine. Hello paranoia!
When did your kids develop a decent attention span? Do you have rules about television shows, screen time etc? Or do you worship the electronic babysitter?