I’ve recently started helping our neighbor walk her dogs. It gets me some exercise and it also helps out our neighbor, so in those respects, it’s a win-win.
It also gives P more one-on-one time with Monster, which is nice since he’ll be starting back to classes in a couple short weeks and won’t get to spend as much time with him. Unfortunately, we typically don’t walk until later in the evening, which means that Monster is getting tired and cranky. Not really an ideal situation for daddy-son bonding time.
What makes a tired, cranky toddler, less tired and cranky? Curious George, of course! One day, in an effort to distract Monster while I left, P decided to play an episode of Curious George for Monster. And boy did he love it! Monster has taken to George more than I would have imagined – and now clamors for him multiple times of day – “Monk! Monk!” he says when he sees the TV (we’re still working on most two syllable words).
For now, Monster is only allowed to watch Curious George right before bedtime or while I’m out walking. The system seems to be working well, although I feel like a sell-out for already allowing Monster to watch TV.
Along those lines, P and I have been brainstorming other (non-TV) ways to incorporate Curious George into Monster’s life, since he seems to enjoy him. Monster has a half-birthday coming up, so we’re thinking of using that as an excuse to get him a Curious George book and perhaps a stuffed animal (although Monster already has too many stuffed animals). He has a Monkey teething toy that he’s taken to carrying around lately and he he’ll point out the monkey’s ears, eyes, nose, mouth, and toes when you ask him to, in addition to making the monkey “jump”. It’s really cute to watch!
What are some of your child’s favorite non-TV activities?