As a work-at-home mom, I freely admit that my boys are fans of the television, or as we call it in our house–thanks to toddler Carter–the TVT. (When I was little I called the cable box the Fraggle box–because that’s how I saw the Fraggles on TV–and my parents still call it that. So I think cute names for electronics must be a family tradition.)
When Carter was little, we watched Teletubbies and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse over and over and over again (seriously, I can still give you a plot summary of every Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode, that’s how many times I’ve seen them!). Since then I have seen every episode of WordWorld, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Yo Gabba Gabba, and we are working our way through Blues Clues.
Collin, on the other hand, is a movie fanatic. Some of his first words include Wall-E, Wah-dy (Woody), Buh (Buzz) from Toy Story, and we’re working on Kitty since Monsters, Inc. is his current favorite. He’s also developing a new appreciation for Lightning McQueen and Mater–though they don’t have “names” yet in Collinese–so I think we’ll be adding the Cars movies into our repertoire.
And while I didn’t really see the connection until I started writing this post, their “screen time” choices say so much about their personalities.
Carter loves the lessons and the problem solving that go along with all of his favorite TVT shows, my intellectual boy. As a toddler, he was already “building words” along with the WordWorld characters and telling Mickey where the cylinder and cube were on his Show and Tell With Shapes episode, and as a 3 year old, he just built his own catapult after watching the Contraptions episode of Blues Clues. Television has always just been another way he learns, because that’s what he loves.
Collin loves the colors, the motion and the humor that go along with his favorite movies, my creative boy. As a toddler, he’s pointing to the fireworks in front of Cinderella’s castle at the beginning of Disney movies and saying “oooooohhh” and giggling as Sulley faints when he thinks Boo is going through the trash compactor in Monsters, Inc. He is less interested in the lessons and more interested in the stories. While he still has a lot to teach us about the person he will become over the next few years, I think he’s going to be my free spirit.
As I type, Carter is building “ad” words from his foam letters while Collin is sprawled out watching the antics of Mike & Sulley. I love watching how even though they look so similar, they are becoming such different little people.