When Son #1 was three, we had satellite TV. This was a wonderful waste of time because we could amuse ourselves with a variety of fun shows. Sadly, this was also around the time the recession hit our family with ferocity. In order to save money, we reduced our plan a few times until we had only 10 channels and a $20 monthly bill. One of those channels was the Chinese News Network.
Son #1 loved to fall asleep while watching either the DISH Earth channel or the NASA channel. Both were soothing to look at during nap time. Sometimes after nap, he would ask to watch TV. Knowing that there was really nothing to watch, I would ask mischievously. "What do you want to watch?"
Son #1 would reply. "I don't know."
I ran through the options. "Well, do you want to watch some of the shopping networks, DISH Earth, NASA, or Chinese News Network?"
Son #1 pondered the question thoughtfully and then shouted. "Chinese News Network! Chinese News Network!"
So, we kept up with current events in China.