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Lemony Snicket
Julie can now recite many lines of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. She watches it at least once, and sometimes twice a day. She will randomly pull out quotes when she hears us use a word she associates with the movie.

She calls the movie "Events". "Can I watch Events?" She will oftentimes ask to watch it again immediately after finishing it.

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Sounds like geeks with Monty Python!

I wonder how my life might be different if I let my kids watch videos. I suppose it's like 90 minutes of free babysitting, whenever you want, each time she watches the tape? Sounds rather convenient.

Heh. "Free babysitting" is one way of looking at it, and I've definitely used it as that many times, but you can't really use it that way without being in the room. Julie has an attention span of about 10-15 minutes -- longer than that without supervision, and instead of free babysitting, you've got a destroyed house/kitchen/living room.

I do my best to keep TV off, but that's a 'better' babysitter in a box: because it's more bright lights/loud noise, it keeps attention better, but I hate using television for that purpose because it has absolutely no redeeming effects. Videos at least sometimes have a story behind them, but cartoons are just totally crap. They're not even simple anymore: they're complex, idiotic story lines that don't even try and have any redeeming value.

Sadly, our kids (or at least Alicia, less so Julie) are horribly addicted to them. So they usually end up watching a couple hours a week while I'm otherwise unavailable on the phone or something and they turn on the TV without asking. (There are also times when they do it after being told no explicitly, which is when they get in trouble.)

Videos I'm okay with. I usually watch with them, and although for the most part, they're just cute, they're still fun things to do as a family, and they do fill time that I might otherwise need to be devoting more interactively to the kids when I don't have the energy or ability to do it. (A la conference calls.)

What, I didn't know they made a movie. I'd just known about the books and how nice they are :(

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