you know your toddler watches too much Thomas when…

seriously, my kids watch too much TV. way too much. i was one of those first-time moms that didn’t let their baby watch any TV. i had read the research linking ADD and ADHD to early TV watching. we got all the Baby Einstein videos as gifts, but Zander didn’t watch them. he actually didn’t watch one second of TV until he was 8 months old. and even then, it was limited.

then came Logan. a preemie. with health problems. and special needs. Zander was a curious, newly-walking 13-month old at the time. ya, that no-TV-watching thing went right down the toilet. i freely admit that i used the TV to distract and entertain Zander while i was taking care of Logan…not that i’m proud of it.

the end result….both of them are now addicted to that stupid box. i confess, it is nice at times to get some time to myself. but i always end up feeling guilty that they are watching TV instead of having play-time with mommy…unfortunately, i need some me time some times, and that need doesn’t always correspond with their naptime. shit happens, am i right?

so in an effort to to find the humour in this horrible addiction (that their mother is also afflicted with), here is a list i have compiled. (i should give credit where credit is due…Zander basically wrote the whole list…i just typed it out!)

you know your toddler watches too much Thomas and Friends when…

  1. he walks around saying “bother” and “bust ma buffers!” when something goes wrong (we’re just waiting for him to add “cinders and ashes!” to his repertoire)
  2. he re-enacts episodes with his train track, getting frustrated that he can’t get the track to look the same or have Thomas hang perilously from the end of a collapsed bridge (he’ll have part of the track hanging off the edge of the table, and expects Thomas to just sit there on the track at a 60 degree angle, but Thomas just slides off the plastic track and falls to the floor)
  3. he asks where daddy is, mommy says he’s at work, and he nods and replies “yup…daddy work at a coal plant!” (seriously!)
  4. he uses his mommy as a bridge when she is lying on her tummy on the couch, crawling back and forth on her back pretending he is Thomas…and then says “mommy makin’ a creaking sound!” (from the episode where the bridge collapsed…the bridge made a creaking sound)
  5. he is watching Thomas and Friends and one of the engines has an accident because of their freight cars and he turns around, shakes his head and says “trouble-a trucks!” (translation – troublesome trucks)
  6. he declares his cheese “dirty”, and you tell him that it’s just crumbs from his toast, to which he suggests “cheese be’er go to da wash down!”
  7. he asks if we can get his Thomas train a “night cap” for when he goes to the Thomas on TV has
  8. he sees a picture in a book of someone who is mad, he says they are “cross”
  9. he hears daddy coming down the stairs and mommy says “who’s coming?”, he replies “Skarloey!”
  10. he’s play with his Thomas engine and track, and he says to himself “oh…a be’er change da points!”
  11. he can recognize all the engines in his colouring books, even though their are artist renditions and there are no colours to help him distinguish them…sometimes it’s just their faces
  12. you draw him a train and when you are done he looks up at you and asks “where i’ da coal tender?”
  13. your reading him one of his Thomas books, and you point to a blue engine and say “oh look, there’s Edward”, to which he replies “no mommy! dat Gordon!” with a tone of disgust and a look of utter disappointment
  14. he names each bite of food after the engines on the show before he will eat them
  15. he is watching Thomas and Friends and one of the connect-the-dots segments comes on…and he tells you which engine it is before they even start connecting the damn dots
  16. you say “Thomas” and he says “he da cheeky one!” (from the theme song)
  17. we’re out and about and mommy says “we’re going to go home now” and he replies “to Tidmouth Sheds!”
  18. he asks you to help him build a track, and you ask him what he wants, to which he replies “i need fwee bwanch lines!” (translation – three branch lines)
  19. he will bring his Thomas engine over to you and proceed to point out “this i’ da tall funnel, da dome, da whistle, da cab, da drive wheels, da coal tender, da buffers,……”
  20. he can name every. frickin’. engine. and their numbers. even the ones i don’t remember ever seeing.
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11 Responses to you know your toddler watches too much Thomas when…

  1. janet says:

    “where i’ da coal tender?”

    i’m spewing diet coke on my keyboard over that one.

    but cate? if he names the bites of food, does he eat them? this sounds like the beginning of a breakthru maybe?

  2. Blue Momma says:

    Punkin is VERY into Thomas, but I think Zander has him beat! We do both know the whole Thomas theme song and he likes me to sing it fast. Then faster. Then even faster.

    I’ve yet to figure out whether Thomas is a blessing or a curse!

  3. Jennifer says:

    How do they know all the engines!!!??? Carson is the same way, he knows them all, by face, by color, by number…even the ones that I’ve never heard of.

    Hope you catch him on video doing all this stuff!

  4. Oh Cate, I so identify with this! I know wayyyy more about Thomas the Train than any grown woman should. (Spencer is my favorite b/c he’s sleek and silver.)

  5. Natalie says:

    At least it’s Thomas the Train – a good, wholesome show. I dare not tell you some of the shows my son is addicted to.

    And what is this mommy playtime of which you speak of? We have mommy cuddle time – I’m horrible at playing.

  6. Stepford Mom says:

    At least it’s not the purple thing :) We went through a Thomas phase here, but not quite to the same extreme. My bad one was loony toons cartoons, I can tell ya having a 3 year old look at someone in the store and say “Hiya toots!” is rather entertaining.

  7. anglophilefootballfanatic says:

    Maybe he can help us! I cannot figure out a couple of them from a puzzle I got the boy wonder. I even went to the website to try to narrow it down. NOPE. No such luck.

    We watch quite a bit, too, but I swear his vocab is outstanding because of it.

  8. ImpostorMom says:

    Oh goodness, I have yet to be introduced to the world of Thomas yet. Boog is too young so far. Can’t say I’m looking forward to it.

  9. BusyDad says:

    What is it about kids that enables them to discern every dang Thomas, Bionicle and Star Wars character in a way that makes you feel like an idiot? Everything you said on this post, I have experienced in some variation or another!! Saying “Cross” – haha a telltale sign of Thomas syndrome.

  10. rachel says:

    Ha Ha!! We don’t watch Thomas, princess isn’t into it and monkey is only 1 :-)
    She does however reference Scooby Doo on a regular basis. Yesterday at the store, monkey lost his toy phone.. she said: “I’ll sniff it out.” got down on hands and knees and Scooby’d around. Didn’t find it. So she changed into Velma, got her “magnifying glass” out of the stroller and proceeded to search. I knew she’d found it when i heard, “Jinkies”
    All her imaginary friends are Scooby characters. LOL.

  11. Bren says:

    Wow! He does know his Thomas!