You know how every once in a while, you’ll get a song stuck in your head? You heard it on the radio about two years ago, and it randomly pops up in your sub-conscience and you start singing it, quite badly, in public? I know I’ve been caught a couple of times singing show tunes: red in the face.
With a child, my song bursts are quite different, and slightly more embarrassing. Nothing like standing at work, trying to sample some food, and singing the theme from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, or the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, or “All Aboard the Choo Choo Train.” It really is quite interesting.
I rather adore these shows, and luckily, Nick enjoys them even more! I just now looked over at him while Mickey was on the screen, just before the clubhouse appears out of thin air (Disney, right?) and he had a big old grin on his face. Not only are these shows teaching him recognition skills, but they’re teaching me that he is definitely learning, and growing a personality. Just before Toodles pops up, Mickey sings a little song, and Nick moves about in his infant-style dance. It’s absolutely precious. We both laugh when Donald says something hilarious, “Oh, cry me a river.” (Of course, he laughs because I do.) Little Einsteins is always great for both of us, because we get a bit of exercise. With the hand pats, the arm waves, and the dancing back and forth, we both get a bit more stimulated in the morning.
I’m not a morning person, waking up isn’t something that comes easy to me; but these Disney Jr. shows, coupled with Nick’s joy because of them, really help. The morning flies by quickly, he naps better, and there is very little fussiness. The only downside, of course, is those darn songs.
All in all, while the songs can get stuck in your head, the good far outweighs the bad. These shows make for some great parent/child time. It’s good to remember that these shows should take up just a small portion of the day. TV, while entertaining, is just not good for a long period of time. I typically watch three shows with Nick, then concentrate on playing with him: tummy time, the jump-a-roo, and just sharing a stimulating conversation.