Without an ounce of exaggeration, the T.V. is on everywhere we go here, day and night. In the lobby of RMH, in the dining hall, in the hospital lounge, in Maddie’s hospital room that we share with roommates… we cannot avoid it.
And whenever it’s on, Renny turns into a boob tube zombie.
Literally, he zones out with a glazed look on his face. As every meal we consume is accompanied by a cartoon or other “kid friendly” program, it’s become increasingly more difficult to get him to focus on whatever it is he’s supposed to be doing. A spoonful of cereal pauses in mid bite for more than 5 seconds. A question is asked once, twice, three times before it’s answered. A glob of jelly dangles precariously off his chin until it can no longer defy gravity.
The main culprit: Sponge Bob Square Pants. *Sigh* I honestly think this show is hilarious. But I have to wonder what’s happening to my son’s brain when he almost unconsciously chants “Sponge-Bob-Square-Pants” during the show’s opening theme song.
My weariness in this new-found addiction stems from our desire to limit the amount of Warren’s television viewing. To bring it into perspective, we don’t even own a T.V. at home. Before our time here, we only watched shows on Saturday mornings (thanks to YouTube) or occasionally sat down for a movie at the computer. Now I feel like he needs to go through some sort of detox.
Sure, I watched T.V. as a kid. Tons of it. Really, I can kick many a butt in “Pop Culture” categories of trivia. But my educational training and research lead me to believe that programming nowadays is not the same as what we used to watch. And I don’t mean that in a “wow, it’s really improved!” way.
I don’t want him to be completely ostracized from his peers when they’re chatting around the water cooler about the good old days of Dora the Explorer episodes. But it seems to me that most people seem to keep the television on all the time and consume hours upon hours of mindless shows just because they’re there. Like they just can’t turn it off and wouldn’t know what to do with themselves if they did.
It’s gonna be quite the shock when we return home and back to our normal routine. I hope he can recover.
Have I offended anyone? (I hope not.) How much T.V./movies/video gaming do you allot for your kids?