As a parent it can be hard at times figuring out what’s no longer appropriate for “family time” as you transition from being that cool adult to someone with a little kid. When Chuck was a baby she would often be fussy and fidgety for Liz, but would lie completely still for hours with me watching whatever I happened to be interested in on TV. Since my asthma has been bad for much longer than Chuck has been alive, that means many, many hours of her early life were spent watching TV and movies with me.
At first I’d just watch whatever knowing she wasn’t paying attention, couldn’t exactly see what all was going on, and didn’t really understand anything. I think it was around 6 months or so that we quit letting her sit in on R-rated stuff and definitely avoided all violence and anything sexual. Eventually we started watching “kid stuff” with her but are fortunate she never got into some of the more annoying bits of children’s programming.
These days her favorite things on TV include:
- Doctor Who
- Star Wars (the original trilogy)
- Power Rangers Samurai
- Lord of the Rings
- And anything with Alton Brown
Yes, that’s correct – my kid loves Alton Brown. We lucked out being he’s one of the coolest food personalities on TV, is a great educator, and does an amazing job with Good Eats and Iron Chef America. Last night when it was getting close to bedtime Chuck asked…
Could I sit in the living room for a while and watch cooking shows? Alton Brown, let’s watch Alton Brown. Oh, and I’m hungry. I need a snack. I didn’t brush my teeth yet because I wanted to drink some juice. Do we have any juice left?
So I fired up an episode of Good Eats from season 14 and got her some cheese and crackers from the kitchen with juice. I’ve always enjoyed cooking and have tried to include Chuck whenever I’m preparing something. It’s kind of cool that she’s so interested in food. She loves olives, extremely sharp cheddar and asparagus, yet still refuses to eat eggs and mashed potatoes. Every time Alton makes something Chuck wants to know whats going on, loves answering his rhetorical questions and always asks me, “Can we make that some day? I want to try that. It looks good.” Occasionally the questions can become fast and furious and after a long day of questioning it’s a little tiring. I just keep reminding myself – hey, at least she’s not obsessed with the latest Disney kid personality or Miley Cyrus.