Dancing Video

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Since we are sort of on the topic about Lexi’s fun personality from the last post, I might as well post this cute video.

Horrible quality due to poor lighting, but oh so precious. Her dance moves were cracking me up. She was mimicking us dancing to a video game a few days ago. She has remembered how we did it and once she saw the controllers again she quickly picked it up.

{age reference: 16 months old}

Next up: Animal Sounds video ( russian-english mix)

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    July 5, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Haha, that is too precious! What a great memory captured.

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    July 5, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    She is a cutie. Love how she just takes it out of that boys hand, and he lets her.
    I was wondering if you count this sort of stuff as screen time? I have an 18 month old, and its getting harder and harder to limit her time, do to all that we have going on.

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      July 5, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      While technically it would be counted as screen time, I’m not as concerned with the fact that she is looking at a screen as I am with what she is seeing and how often.

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        July 5, 2013 at 7:55 PM

        That makes sense, lol. I guess I meant, cause you said you had been dancing to a video game earlier.

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          Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
          July 5, 2013 at 8:27 PM

          Yeah I did one dance a few days ago while hubby was watching her. She saw it and obviously was copying me there.
          But really my screen time philosophy is more of a no TV thing than anything. As long as there’s parental interaction, slowly changing scenes, or educational iphone apps and it’s in moderation, I’m ok with it.
          I’ll be writing a big post on that.

          • Corinne
            July 5, 2013 at 9:45 PM

            My daughter will watch Sesame Street every once in a while. She watched it today at her grandparents house and came home walking forward and backward, forward and backward and saying the corresponding direction. Now, she would have learned that not having watched it, but I think the biggest thing I think it important with screen time is not to use it solely as a babysitter. When she does watch SS, we watch with her and talk to her about what she’s seeing. She still gets the parent integration but with a mix of the cute and silly looking muppets that make it fun.
            Again, this isn’t all day, every day. It’s maybe 15-30 min a day IF that. And we’re sitting with her and interacting with her while watching.

          • Corinne
            July 5, 2013 at 9:48 PM

            That’s supposed to be parent interaction, not integration..

          • Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
            July 5, 2013 at 10:12 PM

            It’s funny because there is so much guilt and judgement when it comes to screen time. And after having been a no TV till 2-3 kind of gal before Lexi. Now we still don’t do TV, but she does has limited screen time ( she loves reading books on the iphone and playing with flashcards, which isn’t really any form of tv or cartoons (which we allow VERY seldomly when we really need her to be occupied). What I was trying to say is it’s not a clear cut thing. There is a reason for why the recommendation is no screen till 2 and it’s a blanket statement that doesn’t fit everyone. If you outthink it (add parental interaction, limit time on screen and pick and choose what they watch), then it really doesn’t apply as much.

          • Corinne
            July 5, 2013 at 10:34 PM

            Oh no I agree! I was just giving my example of the instances I feel screen time is acceptable as well. Like with flash cards, educational apps, home movies, etc. I’ve always said I never wanted to use Tv as a babysitter for my kids (my girlfriend did that and I couldn’t stand it!) and I still stand by that statement.

          • Corinne
            July 5, 2013 at 10:35 PM

            I think the parental involvement is what makes/breaks it for me. And of course it not being on 24/7.

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    July 5, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Those are some sweet dance moves! SYTYCD material for sure :]

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    July 5, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    I think you would get less questions on the screen time issue if you just said that your child doesn’t watch TV. That covers that. Modified screen time leaves questions because she clearly has screen time. It doesn’t matter to me that she does, but “modified screen time” gets me.

    I don’t think it matters so much, but its just more clear to say she doesn’t watch TV. She’s adorable and has so great moves!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      July 5, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      Honestly, i wasn’t even calling it screen time until a few months ago, only because everyone else calls it that.
      I have little problem with screens, we are a tech age, I have a problem with TV or programming that is not monitored.
      Even when it comes to screen time in the way you’re talking about, I don’t approve of many things when it comes to what Lexi is allowed and not. There’s a very narrow line of things I think are acceptable…and only recently.
      And as far as TV, we don’t have a TV, so it’s kind of a given that she doesn’t watch one. 🙂

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        July 6, 2013 at 8:15 AM

        I remember you talking about fast-movingscenes, though. And I agree with that. Which is why it shocked me a bit that she was watching a dancing video game (lots of strobe tye lighting, and fast paced moving). We don’t have video games in the house for that reason, but we have a few ipad apps he likes, and the occasional Sesame Street

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          Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
          July 6, 2013 at 1:20 PM

          She wasn’t watching the actual game here. The screen was static on the game menu. And the game itself has no scene changes as I remember. It just has cartoon dudes show moves. I only played it once so I don’t recall much of what was happening on the screen- I was busy dancing lol
          She does play singstar with me almost daily. We’ll sing 1-2 songs and they show music videos which do have fast changes. I don’t like it but it has really been an invaluable singing and fun with mommy experience that offsets the disadvantage of 6 minutes of flicking screen. She now sings all the time and asks to go sing and dance together.
          Btw I’m a big video game fun so I’ll be letting her play select video games when time comes. In fact I’ll be playing them with her.

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    July 9, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    How do you play video games or watch movies (which I know you’ve mentioned enjoying) without a tv? On a mobile device? Just curious. We don’t own a tv (but my husband and I do enjoy Netflix on our laptop), so I’m just curious! My oldest is going into first grade and none of her friends believe that we have no tvs until they come over to play! I get a kick out of seeing the shock on their faces when they come over!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      July 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      We have a dedicated movie theater room with a projector, sound system and consoles. It’s not hooked up cable even though we get it for free through our HOA.
      So Andrew and I watch Netflix and other movies/shows there and Lexi has been obsessed with Singstar, she takes a microphone and sings with us.
      And of course there’s the iPhone for her e-books and certain apps that I like for her.

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