Dad’s the Word Column: It’s crazy how much kids love repeats

Ex-MK Citizen journalist and married dad-of-two Gareth Ellis on how children can become obsessed with watching the same things…

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Danger Mouse. I could watch them over and over and not get bored, even if it was the same episode I’d seen the week before.

So, it’s no surprise that I have a son that will now happily watch the same things, quite literally, on
repeat. It’s crazy!

Most days he will come into our bedroom in the morning and want to watch Hey Duggee!

Something that’s a whole lot harder to say no to, now that he can say it. When he’s not asking for Duggee he will run to me and sing the notes from Frozen 2 (if you know, you know).

We try to limit his time in front of the TV as much as we can, and that often means telling him that the Frozen princesses or Duggee are sleeping as it’s too early/late. That or the TV is broken.

I think one time I even said the TV was sleeping and didn’t want to be woken up. I love that innocent part of his character.

He will happily sit there, in complete silence, trying to take it all in like it’s the first time he’s seen it.

He knows full well he’s seen it before because he asked for us to put it on, but the wonder in his eyes
is amazing.

I mean, he actually watched Stick Man three times in a row just recently. Every time it ended, he just
looked at me, grinned and said: ‘Daddy, again!’

To be fair, that day he’d been so good I just felt like I couldn’t deny him – although we don’t often give him treats for just being a good boy, he’s not a dog.

Although he does love a walk, will happily eat something off the floor with no hands and will chase a ball in the park. I can’t wait to see what Emilia likes in the future, although she’s already started grinning her head off whenever she sees Duggee.

Not a massive indicator though, she smiles at everything.

Gareth writes a regular blog at and you can follow him on Instagram @dads_the_word_blog

This feature was published in the February and March 2021 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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