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"I don’t really want to see that again."
I blinked my eyes. Did my daughter just say she was tired of watching a favorite movie? It's a biological fact that kids have unlimited patience when it comes to watching and rewatching movies they like. It's this idea that keeps DVD retailers in business and soccer moms turning their minivans into mobile screening rooms.
But my daughter did indeed say it, just as I was steeling myself for an umpteenth screening of Underdog, Enchanted, Spy Kids or The Adventures of Shark Boy & Lava Girl. Finally, a full range of my kids' interests -- from movies to TV shows to books -- has started developing expiration dates.
This is exciting news for me. Not just because I can now stop mouthing Shark Boy's lines before he says them, but because it's transformed my living room role from simple projectionist into arts curator:
"Gather, children, and hear about the all-new cinematic delights I’ve prepared for you! This week’s eclectic offerings: Ice Age 2, Fly Away Home, The Princess Bride, and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties." (I like to give them a range.)
I now scour the free and cable kid channels weeks in advance for both brand new or "new-to-them" movies. Sometimes I have to pitch unfamiliar flicks to them, but they always enjoy the experience and then move on.
And once they do, few things are more fulfilling than deleting a kids' movie from your DVR, no matter how good it was the first time around.
Are you tired of watching the same movies with your kids over and over again? Chime in below!