Even though I work really hard to limit his screen time, David is a full-on TV-loving kid. He’ll watch anything, anytime, anywhere and if the TV is off, he asks me non-stop if we can turn it on. He tries different techniques all the time: “I have a good idea, Mommy! Let’s watch TV!” Or my favorite, “But, Mommy, we haven’t watched TV in a long day!”
The other day he asked to watch TV and I was trying to avoid a tantrum by talking to him (and changing the subject) instead of saying yes or no. I was hoping he’d forget about it and just move on.
David: Mommy, can we watch TV?
Me: David, you really love TV, don’t you?
David: I do, Mommy! TV is my favorite! I love TV!
Me: David, which do you love more, watching TV or playing with Caleb?
David looked at me, horrified, as if he was ashamed of me for even asking him to make such a terrible, miserable choice.
David: MOMMY! I love TV and Caweb THE SAME!