I remember before I had children I would look at friends of mine who had toddlers and giggle as they loaded their DVD players with the same movies over and over again.
Singing cartoons and adults dressed like animals invaded their living rooms while their children spun circles and sang along with the music. Everything in toddler land was footloose and carefree… until the movie ended.
That’s when I made the decision that when I had children I would never allow this movie attachment nonsense.
MY child would never get attached to a ridiculous DVD that bound me by sanity to set on repeat, put in earplugs, and pop a Zoloft.
I would engage with my child, sit on pillows in the middle of the floor while my air exchange took the bad air out and pumped the good air in, and we would build blocks out of recycled materials.
But once I had my daughter reality punched me right in the face.
And then when she turned two it kicked me in the rib cage for good measure.
Have you ever heard a toddlers demand to watch Barney over and over again?
Have you seen the hypnotic way they stare at the screen while he sings his purple songs mixed deliciously in with headache and annoyance?
They drink it in and they want more.
No amount of maternal love or candy can come between a toddler and their favourite movie.
Accept it, push repeat, and put in your ear plugs.
Just don’t watch it… it only takes once to get drawn in and begin to sing the songs right along with them.