Each of my children has their own TV viewing style. Beckett is more of an action adventure type, Andie enjoys watching comedies and KT has recently discovered documentaries.
At seven years of age, Beckett is a very active kid. When he is having some screen time we often watch DinoTrux snuggled up on the coach. This is good opportunity to decompress, and get ready for our bedtime routine. Each DinoTrux episode, brings a conflict of some sort. We often talk about how the characters work together to solve the problem or work together to complete a job. That is usually an entry point for me to ask, so what happened at school toady? He often tells me about his friends, conflicts, and arguments over soccer games.
Andie, at 10 years of age, likes to laugh out aloud. She loves comedies like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Peabody and Sherman or anything with Garfield. Andie is my early bird, we share light hearted comedies after the dogs have been walked and before the rest of the family have stirred from their beds. Andie tells me that she likes to start the morning with a laugh, it helps her stay positive all day long.
My tween, Katie, enjoys watching documentaries. She has many questions about what she watches and I need to be there to answer those questions. One of the most interesting documentaries we have watched is Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. We don’t use that ‘f’ work in our home, so this was a very interesting watch. After watching the documentary, we spoke about different forms of nutrition and the importance of moderation. We have not had an opportunity to watch the second installment of this documentary, hopefully this summer we will have time.
As a very active family, having a moment to watch a show together is a rare event. Watching these shows together gives me brief moments of quiet time with my three children and an opportunity to listen to their day, answer their questions and just be together.