I will admit upfront that I am a bit of a freak about letting my children watch TV and movies. We don’t ban it by any means. I love Dora as much as the next guy. I have just always noticed when talking to other mommies that we let our kids watch considerably less than your average family. Trust me, I say this with no judgement. Although I think some parents go way overboard, letting their kids so much TV they could recite the Nickelodeon line up from memory, I think there is a lot of different and acceptable ways to approach this.
One choice the hubby and I have made is to not let our 4 year old watch movies. We caved once on a long car ride and she saw Cinderella. Although she was in heaven for that hour or so, she really has no idea what she is missing and at this point has never even asked to see another one. I truly don’t know how this is happening given her current obsession with all things Disney Princess.
I guess we just feel like she has a lifetime to watch this stuff and a lot of it just has content that I am not thrilled with. Mainly that there is just a lot of scary images. You should know that Lily’s prayer request every single night is that we pray that she won’t have scary dreams. She has even found a few Veggie Tales videos to be scary. Heck, I even find a few of those Disney movies scary (anyone else seriously disturbed by the Nazi-esque scene in the Lion King).
Remember when this post was about something that “Works for Me?” Oh, sorry, you didn’t come here for a dissertation on healthy movie viewing habits of 4 year olds? Anywho…I have found a great solution that satisfies Lily’s love of the princesses and my desire to shelter her a tad bit longer. You Tube. That site is just filled with clips of all sorts of fun movies that she will watch over and over again. Some people have even gotten very creative and mixed a bunch of movies together.
Here in our house we particularly love: Hakuna Matata, Under the Sea, Do Re Mi, and Supercala (etc., etc. you know the Mary Poppins one). But the one that wins hands down and has made an Abba fan out of my 4 year old is this one:
We twirl around our living room singing our little hearts out, dancing like the princesses we are. Hannah has even begun to get into it. Try searching for your favorite songs and scenes and characters and see what you find. One caveat: please check out things before hitting play. There is some really weird stuff floating around on YouTube.
That’s what works for me. For more tips head over to Rocks in My Dryer.