Even the Science Kid Is Sick

February 8, 2012

Hayden has been down with a virus, but he was well enough to go back to school today.  This morning as I was preparing The Waffle and Honey my sort-of-patiently waiting son was chattering to himself when I heard, “Sick the Science Kid is brought to you by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”

This is just a few hours after I had Tweeted this:

In my defense, the show was funny.  For a second.

Let me also state that we have only had cable television for eight days (and it’s only basic cable).  Clearly, those eight days have been filled with quality programming.  And since Hayden was home sick this week, the past two days have been one long marathon of back to back episodes of Dinosaur Train and Shaun the Sheep.  Yesterday, after his fever broke, he said to me, “I think my brain is turning to mush.”

We are actually quite choosy in what we allow Hayden to watch, and yet he still manages to get well over an hour of screen time on most days.   No matter how much TV he gets, Hayden always wants more.  He seems to consider his next viewing as important as his last meal.

Every Monday morning: “After school can I watch a show?”

Tuesday morning:  “After school can I watch a show?”

Wednesday morning:  “After school can I watch a show?”

He asks me this EVERY SINGLE DAY.  Perhaps, because I am purposely a bit vague.  Instead of saying you betcha! I will reply with probably or we’ll see.  So as not to be promising television.

How and why is my child, who did not watch any television before the age of two, so obsessed with TV?

I will admit, though, the TV is like a built-in babysitter.  While he was zombied out I was busy cleaning up messes and fixing things.  I even went after a new pair of shoes with a hammer.  You can read about it here.


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4 Responses to Even the Science Kid Is Sick

  1. Shock on February 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I’m always fond of using the tele as a nanny, just because she was so good to me as a tyke.


    thesweet Reply:

    PBS was good to me, too, but the shows that are on now are not as innocent as what we watched as kids.


  2. dad on February 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I think my brain has turned to mush!


  3. Chunky Mama on February 10, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Hayden I think is about the same age as my Bubba, so he might like the games on pbskids.org. He could still get in screen time with his favorites while actually doing something educational. Bubba LOVES it.

    And my kids all watch well over an hour of TV a day, so I’m very impressed with you. We don’t have cable anymore, but there are movies on & off all day long while my kids play.


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