Maybe I’m just an over-analytical parent who thinks too much into these things, but when I sit down to watch cartoons with any child, whether it’s Rooney or with my nieces or nephews, I’m always thinking: What’s the message? What are they trying to teach?
I’m curious that way I guess. Partly because in spending quality time with children watching cartoons I find myself a little bored with the show, so I figure I might as well try to reverse-engineer this thing to figure out the point. Often the message is simple, which is great for the children to understand, learn and grow their noggins.
But we’ve been watching Curious George for a few months now as it’s become an integral part of Rooney’s bedtime routine. I really like the show because it’s broken up into two segments. One 1/2 hour TV show is actually two episodes. I like this for two reasons:
- Her attention span is not long enough for an entire 30 minutes of television.
- She doesn’t need to be watching that much television in the first place.
We’re not super against TV for our children or anything like that, but rather, she’s just so busy pulling all of my books out of our side table or emptying her dresser and “folding laundry” like mommy. So when choosing TV or play, we choose play for the most part and save a little bit of TV as a wind-down tool for bedtime. It’s been working for us.
So, as we sit down every night to watch ‘Monkey George,’ as I like to call it, Rooney settles in with a little snack and snuggles between us on the couch, if she’s not climbing on her own chair. And as fire up Netflix and find the next episode, I always wonder… “What’s George going to screw up today?”