TV Turnoff Update

I had posted a few weeks ago about Adrianna’s new attraction to buttons, specifically the power button on the TV. A blogging buddy, Nettie, mentioned that one method we could try is leaving the volume on really loud so that when she turns the tv on, it would startle her. This totally worked.

We actually did this a couple days ago, but it was unintentional. And truth be told, Adrianna did it to herself. I can totally claim innocence on this one.

She had been messing with several buttons. I don’t know what she did, but she had gotten the tv to a channel that was all static and had the volume on pretty loud. So when she turned the tv on, it was a loud and sudden static noise. It did startle her, and she ran to me with a quivering lower lip, outreached arms, and a frightened look on her face. I immediately turned off the tv and gathered her up into my lap and all was well. She didn’t touch the tv for the rest of the afternoon and evening.

Unfortunately her memory was short, and she was back at it the next day. As a longer-term solution, Greg is creating a small wooden device that will effectively block the power button from being able to be pushed by little fingers, so that we will use the remote for turning it off and on. The bottom part of it slides underneat the tv so that it is solidly in place and cannot be easily moved. Here is a picture of our tv:

Can you see the dust? The bottom 3 or 4 inches are dustfree and covered with little baby handprints, with a few distinct finger marks rising above the rest as if she had really stretched to reach up higher. The remainder of the tv screen that lies above those bottom inches is dusty, but clear of prints. Just a sign of how high Adrianna can reach.

Man, this picture looks so dusty that I feel like I need to physcially wipe off the picture displayed on my screen. I guess it is safe to say that my tv is in dire need of a good dusting.

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3 Responses

  1. OrlandoDad says:

    That volume trick is a great idea!

    My two are constantly going for the T.V. button. Ironically, the only thing that slows them down is that they get into fights over who is actually going to hit the button. This, of course, draws our attention, and we’re able to stop them.

    I’m definitely going to try the volume thing, though.

  2. Karen says:

    My tv is black and gathers dust like none other! On the one hand, it might help if we weren’t living next to a giant field of dirt, but on the other hand, I like the space. On the other hand…there is no other hand!!! (Fiddler on the roof hehe…hey, that’s a movie they should do a remake of!)

  3. Faith says:

    We deal with the same little button pusher in my house too!!!!

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