No "finger slide" for Leelee Sobieski's tot

{Leelee, her hubby Adam Kimmel and their daughter Louisanna out for a walk in NYC earlier this month.}

People Magazine‘s got an interesting article on actress Leelee Sobieski (28) refusing to let her 17-month-old daughter Louisanna “Lewi” Ray watch educational shows or do “the finger slide,” you know, on the iPod. I personally am amazed whenever I see my 3.5-year-old son play on his dad’s iPod every now and then. He does the finger slide like it’s a part of nature. Like nature made the iPod. No big deal. Blasé. Just a finger slide. Then he thinks you can finger slide on any screen….

Anyway, Leelee says she prefers to let Lewi learn things the way kids used to do it in the olden days, through reading and playing — basically, sans technology.

“No Baby Einstein and no anything else,” she insisted when she spoke to People last week at Museum of Modern Art and Volkswagon partnership dinner. Leelee said she does let Lewi watch one song and one fancy short film on the computer, however:
Right now she watches this one song called “The Elephant Song” on the computer. It’s paper cut-outs that are animated so it’s more like a cartoon. And then she watches a five minute clip…of The Red Balloon — the French short film. And that’s it.
Although she’s shunning the technology many kids love and learn from, Leelee told People she realizes “you have to be a part of the times”:
I don’t want her to not be able to talk with her friends about what’s going on, but I really want to encourage the reading and the playing…. A lot of kids now in New York I see can open an iPhone before they can even walk practically. [They do] the finger slide.
So how about you, Gorgeouses? Do your kids do the finger slide? Do they (or did they) watch Baby Einstein or other educational shows?

Love!

xo Haley-O

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