“Oh no, Baby. Oh no.”

Little Legs stared intently at the small screen in his hands; he hit all the buttons and shook the monitor with one hand and then with both hands. It was like watching a monkey trying to shake coins from a piggy bank. With each unsuccessful attempt, he grew more frustrated.

“What’s wrong?” I asked.

“Baby gone.”

He handed the monitor off to me in tag-team style, his duty done, and returned to Daniel Tiger, his occasional babysitter/constant friend.

“He’s gone!” I said with a gasp, trying to get a rise from my fellow couch-potato.

Staring straight ahead, Little Legs said in agreement, “Baby all gone.”

Apparently, learning about Snow-Flake day was more interesting than the sudden disappearance of his only sibling.

There is a terrible transformation that takes place in Little Legs every time the tv is on; his eyes turn gooey, his jaw drops open and his brain melts into mush. A silvery trail of drool escapes from the corner of his mouth every so often, an indication that he all but forgets to breath when in the presence of a glowing television.

It is no wonder that the AACAP recommends only one hour of non-educational programming per weekday for this age group, here I will paraphrase, to prevent/reduce toddler brain rot.

I readjusted the camera from the floor to the crib.

“He’s not gone, the camera was just out of focus, silly.”

Still, no sign of concern or active life, just a little drool and the wave of his hand.

The Brother Project has a very, very long way to go and in the meantime, I have to figure out what to do about the zombification of screen time.

10 thoughts on “Screen Time Woes

    1. Ugh, its an episode on Daniel Tiger that seems to repeat every three days about a winter celebration. They sing, dance and keep Little Legs occupied for 20 minutes so everyone is happy.

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      1. I know it must be hard for you to realize that some of us are unacquainted with Daniel Tiger. ;o) I admire your energy. It’s all I can do to keep up with two dogs and two cats..all of whom sleep most of the day.

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      2. Ha, it requires a lot of caffeine! You are right about DT, he is so much a part of our life, I forget he isn’t a babysitter/friend for everyone. Did you know DT is the little tiger puppet from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

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