We don't have a TV. We don't have a lot of money, either. And when my child needed a new toothbrush, I made the split moment decision at the dollar store to get a toothbrush with Spiderman on it.
He asked us who spiderman is the very next day. I wasn't prepared, but I still feel like I did ok with my answer. "Spiderman is a pretend person who tries to get all people to have really good behavior and protects the people with good behavior from the people with bad behavior."
I somehow hooked him, because that was months ago, and still we hear about spiderman with amazing regularity (even though the toothbrush is long gone and there is nothing else in our house relating to him.)
We did go to a friend's house who had a DVD collection within toddler level, and what do you know? They had a copy of the movie. That prompted more discussion.
So we've been working with him to write his "Dear Santa" letter and he keeps saying he wants Santa to bring him a book or a movie about spiderman.
I want help with this decision. He is my firstborn, and both my DH and I were raised by parents and television. My philosophy pertaining to TV has less to do with the detrimental effects of watching stories played out on TV (so long as they are age-appropriate) and more to do with a hatred of commercialism, esp when it overlaps with childhood. So... I guess I'm not altogether opposed to him having a book or even a DVD of spiderman if there is one geared for preschoolers. (A quick look at amazon told me there are at least megablocks and action figures and... and and and lunchboxes scooters pillows sheets mr. potato heads backpacks notebooks skateboards ... I had to come back to MDC to get my wits about me before I saw a DVD for preschoolers.)
So I don't need Spiderman-specific advice (though I welcome it) as much as I need general advice about how different families have sought to cope with the mainstream when it comes to commercial characters. Spiderman isn't the issue, for me-- not even that he is an "action" hero. What is an issue for me is Spiderman's face being plastered on every cheap crappy made in who-knows-where toy in WalMart.
Help! What's a conscientious Santa to do? He is getting probably two or three things from Santa... do I dare make this one of them?
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DS1, 8 years. DS2, 6 years. DS3, 2 years. DD1, due April 2015