My creative, sensitive, smart, silly, handsome boy is addicted to DinoTrux. Several weeks ago, DreamWorks and Netflix released ten episodes of this fantastic mix of dinosaurs, trucks and power tools. Suddenly every three-year-old boy in this country was hooked. Thanks to a clever email ad from Netflix, I learned this series existed. I only wanted to break the Mickey Mouse cycle. Instead, I fed an addiction.
My son is DinoTrux. He walks around the house pretending that he is specific characters and he assigns one to me. "Mommy, you are Waldo the Wrench and I am Click-Clack. Say hello to me." We then greet each other and ask each other questions as the characters. This works beautifully in the car when he gets restless.
Last Christmas, Santa brought him a handful of dinosaurs. When I re-arranged toys, he discovered them again and renamed them DinoTrux characters. (This works out well since I can't possibly afford the real things coming out at ToysRUs just in time for Christmas.) They sleep with him in his bed on the side covered with a blanket so that he can keep them safe and "hear them snore".
But....I am now in the process of weening my son off this show, at least during the week. DinoTrux will become his TV treat for weekend viewing only. Our life during the week after preschool needs to return to play, dinner, more play, bath, books and bed. This routine is much more peaceful for both of us.
It's not easy to convince a toddler that he should not watch his favorite show at night, but now that he is biting his friends again at preschool, this omission allows me to highlight this bad behavior and attach consequences. Tuesday, he bit two friends. That means no TV show or dinosaurs in your bed. Today, he showed desire to bite another friend and his teacher stopped him before it happened. Again, no TV show but since he stopped before biting, the dinosaurs are asleep beside him tonight.
Once again, a reminder - I don't know what I am doing here. I am playing along trying to figure things out as I go just like all first-time parents. My son is a good kid, we talk all the time about how you treat your friends. This back step could be due to many things - too much DinoTrux, lots of change in his room at preschool, his nagging allergies, lack of sleep recently, etc. I don't know. I just hope that the return to our old ritual returns my creative, sensitive, smart, silly, handsome boy back to the sweetheart that we know and love.