Our DD is 3 yrs old. She gets very little screen time.
Every once in a while, once every week or two, she gets a little. Sometimes we will watch a 20 min signing times video, or one or two tree house episodes. A couple of times now, we have watched a movie with her.
We thought that for this evening, for a treat, we would have family movie night.
We made pizza and rented "Over the Hedge".
We took a 15 minute break half way through the movie to get drinks, snacks, etc.
Well, after the movie my DD had a full out, extreme, never saw her like that before, meltdown. It wasn't related to turning off the movie. She was trying to fix/close the babygate and just melted down. She screamed and cried and was fully out of control of herself for a full 15 minutes.
It is not like she hasn't had a temper tantrum before. But this was different than that. This episode she really was out of control, not herself and seemed "possessed". It scared me. There was nothing we could do to help her out of it. She didn't want held or touched (she never does during a meltdown), she wouldn't take deep breaths (sometimes works), she just melted down.
Finally after the lingering stuff we were able to get her to sit and play an easy game. Just something to get her mind on something else, have a little fun, and regain her dignity. Then we did the bed-time routine and went off to bed without any problem.
So. Do your kids act squirrley after getting some extended screen time?
Is she just too young for a movie? When did/do you start watching a movie night with your kids?
Could this have just been a coincidence and it wasn't the movie?
Should we try again with a movie another time soon and see what happens?
We have watched a movie two times before and I do not remember this happening. Although the times have been very spread out so I do not fuly remember whether she was out of whack after the other times.