Yes, I am sorry to say Boo at the tender age of 2 is completely addicted to watching movies. At first it was just Green Eggs and Ham and Cat in the Hat. Then we discovered the Eyewitness DVDs at our local library!!! Now she asks for "uhSHEEN" (Human Machine) "i-a-uhs"(Natural Disasters) and "orssy" (Horses). She didn't like Skeleton as much. Birds and Butterfly and Moth were also good ones. And although I love Dr. Seuss and the slightly crazy songs on the DVDs, I was getting very tired of listening to them.
One thing that I am sure she will NOT be watching is "educational" shows (NOT the Eyewitness DVDs - the ones on PBS, Nickelodeon, and the Disney Channel). After reading Nurture Shock, which I liked a LOT of (such as the sections on Praise and Self Control and Race and Sleep Deprivation) but Strongly Disagreed with some other points in it (especially the section on Education), I feel really good about not allowing "educational" programming in our home. I will admit that I was surprised that the researchers "found that Arthur is more dangerous for children than Power Rangers" (p.181) and "The more educational media the children watched, the more relationally aggressive they were." (p.180) The researchers theorize that this might be because the majority of children's shows are negative most of the time with just a small part (the resolution at the very end) being "positive." To quote again:
We can imagine educational television might use an initial insult to then teach a lesson about how insults are hurtful, but that never was the case, Schiebe [one of the researchers] found. Of the 2,628 put-downs the team identified, in only 50 instances was the insulter reprimanded or corrected - and not once in an educational show. Fully 84% of the time, there was either only laughter or no response at all." (p.182)
That said, I think that Charlie and Lola (at least the first few seasons) is fairly good at modeling positive sibling/child relationships because Charlie and Lola have their differences, but they don't resort to calling each other names over them.
As for what I am watching, right now I am addicted to Pushing Daisies!!!! The episodes with Wilford Woodruff and Lemuel made me laugh with special glee. =) Thanks, Lady Steed!