My kids watch TV. Sometimes, a lot more than they should, admittedly. But I really don't feel that all children's programming is poison, and even I love the Backyardigans and can't wait for Kai-lan to make an appearance. I do insist on commercial-free channels, though, since the less frequently I get bombarded with "can we get that, please, please?" the better.
While I'd love it if the girls would play chef or build cities with their blocks while I'm making dinner, sometimes (most of the time) that just deteriorates into Jessie conking her sister on the head with a metal frying pan (I love those Ikea miniature real cooking sets - until they get used as weapons), or Rebecca screaming that she needs every! single! one! of the blocks to build her castle. So, anyway, the TV gets turned on, or a DVD gets popped in. And peace usually ensues for a little while, anyway.
My oldest loved Dora the Explorer when she was 2, and now Jessie is a big fan of Go, Diego, Go! So when the live show came into town, I checked into it. And it was expensive, but at the time, a do-able splurge. Jessie rarely gets anything special, she gets dragged along to Rebecca's functions, wears hand-me-down clothes almost exclusively, and accepts it all without complaint. I knew this would be something both girls would be excited about, but that might have special significance for Jess.
We made a whole day out of it, driving into the city, having lunch, checking out the theatre. The girls wanted to wear dresses, and their fancy shoes, and really behaved well during the entire show.
Sometimes the darkness and shadows were a little scary, but
in the end the adventure and fun and guest appearance by Dora really got them into it. They danced, shouted at the characters and helped growl like a jaguar when they needed to.
A fun time, their first live theatre experience. I'm quite sure it won't be our last. But I need to fatten up my piggy bank, first.