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Why does my child insist on watching the same DVDs again and again?

Even when you have shelves crammed with a variety of DVD’s, movies, children’s programs and more, it’s possible that your child will decide to watch one particular one over and over again.

While this can be annoying for you (after the hundredth repeat that is) it’s actually your child’s way of practising and learning. Children like this kind of repetition because it allows them to learn, and fully understand, the story line.

It will also allow your child to learn the story line, the songs and other important parts of the movie or program, and that allows your child to participate in the movie, by singing along, or saying the words that the characters say, when they say them.

Whether it’s learning the movements in a dance sequence, or just knowing what’s coming next, this kind of predictability is important to young children, since the rest of their lives can be quite unpredictable.

So even if you don’t think you can face the Lion King for the umpteenth time this week, remember that it’s all a part of learning for your child.

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