My toddler officially started watching television last Friday. That’s because I gave in to having a cable installed so there are English shows he could watch these days.
Prior to cable, he had been happily choosing which CD or DVD to watch from the collection we brought all the way from the Philippines. He has Barney, Dora, Sesame Street CDs and a variety of movies for children. Whenever his Dad watches TV, he would immediately turn it off and demand to watch the CD of his choice. I happily settled on that set-up knowing that my toddler would only watch shows appropriate for his age.
Hubby was so pleased when I eventually nodded to have our own cable subscription. Over the weekend, he declared that weekends are holidays for the Little Dynamo. That means that they could watch TV without restriction. Hmmm… I chose to choose my battle so I kept my silence.
Then… we realized that our son is new to the concept of television shows!
- He had a hard time understanding why we can’t turn back his favorite scenes – He used to request that with the CDs he was watching.
- It was difficult for him to comprehend why he can’t watch the shows continuously – CDs have no commercials.
- He can’t easily take the explanation that TV shows have schedules – All he had to do was choose the same Dora CD for the whole week, if THAT Dora CD is what he fancies to watch.
Over the weekend, I find it amusing whenever I hear my son cries for “Where is Pororo? Pororo please!” during commercial breaks. I am even more entertained whenever I hear my husband explain to our toddler that “Pororo will be back. It’s just a commercial break. Pororo will be back, promise”. There is also a good children show in EBS English called “Super Why”. I like this show for my toddler and I’m glad that he is entertained by it. However, we would hear him crying during commercial breaks. I happily gave the responsibility of explaining to my husband. He is the TV aficionado, after all.