My little guy Silas is a screen head. Whatever screen is on, be it the TV, Wii or computer, you better believe he is watching.
Yesterday, big brother Cory was home sick and wanted some screen time on the computer. I told him okay--I make an exception to my "no screens" rule for a sick one--but just be sure Silas can't see it. Next thing I know, Cory is in the recliner with a blanket over his head. His brother didn't even notice. Or so I thought.
"Can I have my Barney computer?" Silas asked me this morning. For once, I actually remembered where something was, so I retrieved it for him. Next thing I know, Silas is under his blanket, playing with his Barney computer.
You know where I am going with this, but I had to let Cory in on it. "Cory, look at Silas," I said. "He saw you under the blanket on the computer, so now he thinks that is what he suppose to do."
"Can you imagine if Silas is over at a friend's and the friend wants to play computer?" Cory said. "Silas will say, 'Sure, do you have a blanket?' "
We had a good laugh.
The teachable moment was glaring. "Remember as you get older, Cory, that what ever Silas sees you do, he might do it, too." We chatted about it for a minute. I think he got it.
There's a teachable moment for us parents as well. A reminder that as our kids grow up, next thing we know, they will do as we do.
We better believe they are watching.