Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Celebrating Milestones

The American Pediatric Association writes, “entertainment media should be avoided for infants and children under age two.”

Jack turned two last week, and because we are The Perfect Parents, we abided by the guidelines laid out by the American Pediatric Association. He definitely doesn’t snapchat with me every morning. He totally doesn’t have all the songs in Frozen memorized. Until his second birthday, he didn’t even know about computers or phones or iPads. Nope nope nope.

But for his second birthday we thought it would be fun to have a movie night to celebrate his entertainment media milestone. We snuggled up on the couch, ate pizza, popped popcorn, watched Penguins of Madagascar, did the whole bit.

The American Pediatric Association advises avoiding entertainment media because “young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens.” The Brittney H Perry Pediatric Association also advises avoiding entertainment media but for different reasons. Specifically, when the entertainment media time ends, a child may “act like you're slaughtering a beloved family pet, like you've presented him with a saw with which to remove his own foot, like he's enduring the pain of a hundred lifetimes.” Under these conditions, the parent will likely have accompanying feelings of deepest regret.

It turns out that even for on a Special Occasion Movie Night, it is still THE WORST THING TO EVER HAPPEN when the Penguins go away. Those darn, wonderful penguins.

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