Back when my wife was pregnant, my friend suggested that nature documentaries would be great for playing in the background. I thought it was a brilliant idea, and started playing BBC's Africa. A problem quickly arose when I realized that the documentary was just too captivating, even with the sound off.
Hosted by the immortal David Attenborough, the 6-part documentary focuses on different parts of Africa. The beautifully shot scenes transported everyone in my house to endless golden deserts, thick lush jungles, and vast dry savannas. The documentary showed incredibly interesting creatures, and pieced the footage to create tense and powerful narratives.
In the end, I had to stop playing the documentaries as background because it always became what we did. Now, I can't wait for my son to get older so we can sit down and watch it as a family.