Wow; rereading my monthly Liam round-up, it must seem as if all we do is watch TV and movies with him. We don’t, of course. It’s just that they leave such an impression on him that they’re what he talks about and re-enacts and incorporates into his play.

It’s getting harder and harder to write these monthly posts. I have an ongoing draft in which I note things down all month, but when it comes time to actually expand them and link everything together in some sort of semi-coherent order, it takes longer and longer. I may start evolving them into a slightly different format. I have no idea what just yet, but something different, to save sanity and time.

I finished editing my 2002 YA novel at a writing jam last night. Next on the list of things to do: write up a precis, chapter summaries, a hook, craft a query letter and sort through all the agents I’ve bookmarked. You know, in between all the parenting and writing the other, actually contracted, book.

I’m so tired, though, that I think I’ll take a short nap then settle down with some hearthcraft research books before I have to go pick the boy up. He woke himself up coughing at 5:15 this morning, and as I hadn’t been able to get to sleep till midnight-thirty, my eyes are now rather dry and red and my brain is pretty fried.

7 thoughts on “Randomness

  1. paze

    If they’re intelligent, educational television shows and movies that don’t talk down to your child; if they aren’t fattened out with commercials trying to sell junk to your child; if they stimulate your child to create imaginative games; if you often watch these programs with your child and engage him in discussions about their content and/or simply bond with him as the two of you enjoy the programs together . . . then there is nothing to be apologetic or defensive about!

    Devon still does not understand what a commercial is; I’ll bet Liam doesn’t, either. As long as children are both entertained but are also learning from these shows, then the shows are a good thing. Think about all the vocabulary skills and imitative play that Liam would not demonstrate if he had never watched a movie or a television program!

    And let’s face it—these movies and shows provide our children with a (“a,” not “the only”) frame of reference with which to interact with their peers as they grow up; we shouldn’t downplay the importance of that—the shared experiences of our childhood as the basis for our social interactions and identifications. (Growing up, I occasionally met a child who had never watched any television because her parents forbade it; they were often rather odd children, truth be told, certainly out of many loops, unfortunately. . . and most of them resented their parents and ended up rebelling anyway by watching as much TV as they could at sleepovers!)

    (Sorry for the rant, but the whole TV is Evil thing really bothers me, especially when there are so many studies and life experiences that prove quite the opposite.)

  2. paze

    And another thing. . .

    I’m not saying *you’re* saying that TV is evil, either; but so many people still hold to that idea, and it gets me on the defensive, I’m afraid. Sorry again for the rant!

  3. Owldaughter Post author

    No worries for the rant! I wasn’t intending to be apologetic or defensive. I was just struck by how disproportionate the post was, considering how little of our time is actually spent watching media. You make a very interesting point concerning the frame of reference for peers. I remember feeling so out of the loop as a child because I didn’t watch a lot of the shows my friends did because we didn’t have cable. Heck, I feel it as an adult, mainly because TV doesn’t interest me as much as reading does, so when a super-popular show gets talked about I feel all at sea. Thank goodness for DVD season sets, so I can choose what to watch on my own time.

  4. paze

    “I remember feeling so out of the loop as a child because I didn’t watch a lot of the shows my friends did because we didn’t have cable.”

    I recalled you telling me about this after I submitted the rant and hoped you wouldn’t think I was suggesting that you were odd . . . well, no more odd than any of us! I was actually thinking of a girl I knew in elementary school whose parents would not even allow her to watch The Wizard of Oz or Charlotte’s Web when we had screenings of them at school! It wasn’t a religious thing, either; they were just against fantasy in general, and film and television specifically. They even frowned upon fantasy novels, but as they were a part of the curriculum, they didn’t really have the choice to keep her from them, thank goodness. Even at the time, I remember feeling very sad for her, and thinking that she was missing out on so very much.

  5. Pandora

    Oh, TV is just fine, sanely used and in moderation, just like everything else!

    We’ve used the commercials to great advantage — now Andy, while watching TV (at 11) will comment on the camera angles, and techniques used to hook viewers.

    On the other hand, some things are not for watching. I’ve explained to him that, brilliant though The Sopranos is, he hast to wait a few years before he can watch the DVD’s. Cause we do love the season DVD’s, too.

    Right now we’re hooked on Dr. Who, on BBC America. But Torchwood, the spin-off — that’s not ok for him. So he goes to bed and I watch it.

    Ha ha! The advantages of age.


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