and yes, this belongs in the TV-Free forum, lol. Please help me think this through.
We do not have a TV, have not for the entire time my almost 3 year old has been alive. In the past 6 months or so, my DD and my DH started watching one DVD on the computer on Friday night, a special 'movie time'. It is not every Friday, it is only when she asks 9like once or twice a month), and it is only with my DH, not myself. It rarely even lasts through one 30 minute DVD as they just do not keep her attention. And we turn it off when she is done. It is really just so that when she asks 'can I watch X?' we can say 'on Friday', but when Friday rolls around she has forgotten.
So anyways, my DH is deploying for a year in a month or so. The last time he came home when she was about 9 months old, so I don't think she remembers it at all. I just got the SS DVD on deployments and watched it. What a tearjerker. Anyways, now I am wondering what to do with it.
Make it a 'special' DVD that she can watch whenever she feels like it? Make it a 'special' DVD in that she can watch it other then Friday's but only when I think she might benefit from it? Enforce the 'movie time' on Fridays and if she wants to watch it, fine it is her one DVD, but no other time?
What about the first time? Say 'we have a new one' next Friday (or a Friday) and just put it in. Say 'look at this DVD, it is about other families like ours - want to watch?' or ???
When I ask other military families what they do, I just feel like maybe their answers just don't take into account that *my* DD is and has been mostly TV free, and that *I* think sometimes that she is a little more sensitive to TV then other kids just because she has not been around it so much.
I have been thinking also about not giving it (the DVD) to her at all. We do have a couple of kids books about the subject (we have not started reading them yet to her). I just wonder if maybe it isn't going to be 'too much' for her to handle. The DVD itself is really nice. I must say, I think they did an excellent job and I can see why so many people rave about how great it is and how wonderful it is for their kids while a parent is gone. It is a really nice DVD. And I guess in some ways that is why I want her to see it as well. It really might be useful. I just don't know.
So what do you all think?
Go Green I don't vax either, why mess with perfect?