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We went tv-free about 4 months ago & are very happy with our decision. My son is 20 months and only rarely watches videos on youtube. We try to limit it but lately he keeps requesting certain ones, like an airplane song from old sesame street. Well my husband showed him a cookie monster one - singing "C is for cookie", and yesterday he saw a letter C on a building and said "C! Cookie!"
I am glad that he recognized it, but now I'm torn because I really wanted to limit these videos even more, but he obviously learned something from that one very quickly. We read plenty of books and he does know many of his letters already, but he was so enthusiastic when he told me that C was for COOKIE! lol
So I just wondered if anyone else had thoughts on this. Is there a downside to showing these videos on a limited basis (pre-screened of course)? I wanted to avoid the characters thing too. The older sesame street doesn't seem to have all the same flashy scenes as the new one. But at the same time... I don't want him to get in the habit of requesting these videos instead of other things I'm also not in any rush to teach him letters, counting, etc. I know he will learn them from other things just fine. But our friend's little boy (same age) seems to say a lot more, and count, which I know he picked up from all the TV he watches (it's on constantly at his house).
I guess I'm just trying to weigh any possible benefits to allowing these, against the drawbacks. What to do.. what to do...?