Joey’s getting to the age where he’s making up his own stories. It’s fun to watch and hear him narrate. Lately though my husband and I have noticed one thing we don’t like too much, oftentimes instead of coming up with his own story or naming a toy he copies a story he sees from a movie.
For example, the other week we met my husband on his lunch break for a walk in the woods (it’s actually just a walking trail, but secluded enough it feels like the “real” woods) and Joey began to pick up different sticks. He’s always picking up sticks.
Joey and my husband both found some large sticks (and my large I mean branches) and talked about how they were looking for dragons.
On the way back we were talking about getting the dragon and asked Joey what its name was. Joey’s first response was, “It’s the girl dragon,” which is how he refers to the dragon in Shrek. We asked him again and his second response was “Elliot” from Pete’s Dragon.
It bothered us a bit that he couldn’t think of a name on his own, but that the only names he could come up with were related to movies.
We’ve always held the position that we don’t want our children’s imagination driven by television. Joey didn’t watch any TV until he was 18-months-old and then sparingly. It’s been the last few months with me being pregnant and, now, having a new baby that we’ve relaxed (a lot) the TV rules.
This is also the reason we don’t have toys and otherÂ paraphernalia with TV/movie characters, with a few exceptions (Thomas the train, Nemo, & Tow Mater). We want him to come up with his own stories, and not just copy verbatim the stories he sees in movies.
We don’t mind television. We enjoy watching movies together and want to introduce Joey to the movies we enjoyed as children, so we’re aiming to find a balance. One movie a week? Two 30-minute episodes?
What do you do?