Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Television and children

Last Thursday Carolyn took Max to see PG, a developmental specialist. She was extremely relaxed and easy-going. Interestingly, she and Carolyn spent almost as much time discussing Felix as they did Max. PG had some fascinating insights into the thinking of regular kids. That's a topic for another day.

As far as I can tell, PG made only one hard and fast prohibition: Max can watch no television.

Felix, however, is allowed to watch a little TV. Normally when someone pulls out a camera Felix (and Max) goes extremely solemn. But in this video, he's watching Tom & Jerry and cannot stop laughing. Watching the video I realized that there is no dialogue in Tom & Jerry. This is a strategy I commend to the writers of other shows aimed at children, not to mention several aimed at adults too.