Before leaving for the beach last week, I stopped by the library to pick up some DVDs to bring along for Isaac. I knew he would need something to watch since at home, we DVR shows for him to watch and we wouldn’t have that there. One of the DVDs I chose was Dora Save the Day! I got it because it included Diego, and I know that Isaac likes Diego. What I didn’t know is how much I would regret this choice.
To preface, I will say that Isaac is in a stage right now where he wants to know where everyone is…..at all times. He was already being somewhat clingy with me–not anything too unusual, but I was spending a lot of time reassuring him. All day, it is: Daddy? Mooma (Grandma)? Aunt Chris? Max? Uh Rabbit (Uncle Roger)? I had to keep him apprised of everyone’s location at all times.
Then he watched this DVD. He really liked it, especially since Diego was there. He was getting into the songs, and I was really digging how they sang about “We did it!” at the end. I was thinking that we would have to add some Dora into the rotation at home. What I didn’t pay as much attention to was the plot. Well, as tends to happen in cartoons, a baby fox lost his mommy, and Dora had to get him back. The fox would cry and call out, “mommy, mommy”. To make matters even worse, it showed the mommy fox back at home calling for her baby. Once I really paid attention, I realized it was quite sad……and apparently it had quite an impact on Isaac.
Since returning home from the beach he has only spent one full night in his bed–last night, Thank GOD! He wakes up shrieking and cries out, “mommy, mommy” in the baby fox voice. He even walks around while he’s awake saying it. I really think he is scared he’s going to lose me. This got me thinking about how ridiculously common this theme is in children’s shows/movies. Disney is well known for killing off mommies (think Bambi, Finding Nemo), and it seems many of the shows geared towards children Isaac’s age feature an animal “in trouble”. Many times their trouble is that they have lost their family. I never thought about how that might make a child feel.
So I am getting ready to cancel some shows on our DVR. For now, we will have to say good-bye to Diego and Wonder Pets. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is primarily about problem-solving and Isaac loves it, but just this morning, they were trying to get a baby red bird back home to its mommy. We may just have to go back to Barney and the Wiggles for a while. They may be annoying, but no one is ever in danger and they teach values I appreciate: friendship, taking turns, brushing your teeth. I can get on board with that. If anyone has any shows they would like to recommend I am all ears. Sesame Street is pretty obvious, but in the past Isaac could care less if anyone else but Elmo is onscreen. And he has no love for the Imagination Movers.
In other Isaac news…..Aunt Chris bought him an alphabet puzzle, and in about 1 day, he knew all his letters. At the beach I found out much to my surprise that he can spell his name. We figured he must have memorized the letters above his bed where his name is spelled out. We are planning a big boy room for him, so soon all the pretty pale blues and greens will be replaced–I will post pictures as we make progress on that. He is really into taking turns–a new phrase he has is, “Isaac tum!!!”, which means Isaac’s turn. He learned all about turns when we were at the beach and he had to share with his cousin. Last night at dinner he insisted on using his “baby forks”. They are plastic–one is blue, one is red. He would say, “blue tum” and pick up food with the blue fork, then say “red tum” and pick up the food with that one. He also picked up some hot dog and said, “oh no, hot dog sad.” Then he kind of hugged it and said, “ah bebby (all better), hot dog happy.” You never know what is going through this kid’s head!