It is strange and funny how what is laying around the house affects what your kid watches.
I remember when Kristi was 3 (she’s now 10), she saw one of my old Doctor Who VHS tapes in the cabinet, “Full Circle” starring Tom Baker as the 4th Doctor.
She put it in the machine and started watching it. And then she watched it again. And again. And again. I had a few others but for some reason she liked this one a lot. She would get scared of the monsters and laugh whenever the Doctor who give off his big toothy smile.
I should add that I did not watch Doctor Who much when Kristi was awake. Usually it was her shows like Blue’s Clues, Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, etc. so it’s not like she just watched it when I watched it.
Since then she has become a fan of the renewed Doctor Who series and likes David Tennant as much as Tom.
And just yesterday I was watching Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights while folding the
laundry. Kristi was watching Pokemon videos on Youtube (She loves Pokemon!). When I got up to put some clothes away, I left the movie playing. I came back a couple minutes later and there was Kristi laying on the sofa watching City Lights. Not her Pokemon!
Since she caught it in the middle of the movie, I explained some of what was going on, like why the millionaire treated Charlie different drunk versus sober, and that the young lady who Charlie falls in love with is blind.
Now that Katie, my other daughter, is almost 3, she has discovered something even more off the
wall. The Smothers Brothers. She often sits on my lap watching YouTube videos, and the other day she saw the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour Season 3 DVD set sitting on my desk where my computer is. She pointed to it wanting to watch it. She likes watching them sing. Even when they are talking she will sit there glued as they talk about the Vietnam War and student protests and so on. I don’t go into explaining what happened back in the 1960s, what the protests were about or anything… I’ll wait to explain that when she’s older :).
But it’s weird how my kids pick up on my interests like that.