As a new father, I wanted to ask a question of the other movie-watching parents out there. I’m trying to plan my son’s indoctrination into all things cinema, but I don’t really know the right period of his life to start. As of right now, Dexter is only a week and a half old and he can’t do much other than eat, poop, and sleep. When should I let him watch movies?
Observing my nieces and nephews, I’ve noticed that around 2- or 3-years-old is when they start understanding the concept of “favorite.” They’ll have a favorite movie that they like to watch seven times a day. I remember that when I was that age, I watched Disney’s ‘Robin Hood’ at a pretty steady clip.
My question for parents out there is this: When do you think kids really start paying attention to and understanding movies? I’ve seen six-month-old kids sit and stare at TVs, but do they really understand what’s going on? Or are they just mesmerized by flashing lights?
So, parents, from your experience, at what age should I expect Dexter to understand and enjoy what he’s watching?