July 22, 2010

Mahna Mahna

I think I must be a rare breed, a child of yester-year, brought
up on Sesame Street, Electric Company and Luke & Laura (steathily sneaking peeks from behind the couch as my mom watched).  So am I alone here?  Let me expound on this earth shattering topic...I have a 5 year old and a 3.5 year old and I sensor what they watch on T.V. and in movies.  They have not yet seen Shrek, Star Wars, Batman, Nickelodeon (we do watch Nick Jr.), and we boycott Saturday morning cartoons.  I just let the drama queen start watching Sponge Bob on occasion with permission when she turned five. 

Just because it's on, doesn't mean they have to watch it!!!  To each his own, but seriously, the humor is just downright disgusting in some of the "kids" shows.  My kids still watch Sesame Street and Sprout.  Bubble girl and boy, maybe, but what's the rush?  I know it's all going to come with kindergarten...but not from the mouth of my babe.  Famous last words in print.

The kids were out with their Dad on visitation day and he wanted to take them to see the new Shrek.  Drama queen piped up and said, "Uh, Dad, we aren't allowed to watch Shrek, so we'll have to do something else."  AND she was proud of herself for saying no.  She's not scarred for life or even cares that she didn't see it. 

I purchased Pinnochio when it came "out of the vault" a few years ago, and quickly took that baby out of DVD circulation in the Bubble Gum house.  Maybe it was the 4 year old calling her brother a JACKASS!  Yeah, I know old school, but it still doesn't make it okay.  I love some hidden adult humor as much as the next person, but give our kids a little credit, because they might just be a little bit more perceptive than we give them credit for.

Today drama queen called two friends we haven't seen in awhile "dirty rats".  Truth be told I could not contain my laughter and then scolded her for name calling.  I seriously have no clue where she got that one, but I think it was Alvin and the Chipmunks.  Even that for goodness sake....I don't need my 5 year singing Single Lady down the cereal aisle at the grocery store!

I let a lot slide, I'm not a total T.V. nazi, but it is becoming apparent that I do put them in the media bubble a bit more than some of their other peers. 

So if you've hung on through my rant here, I HAD to pull this treat up from you-tube, a muppet show junkie to the end....enjoy....

Dootdoodoodo....What shows are off limits for your kids? 


  1. No Sponge Bob in this house either. I think it is rude. We usually stick to the "G" or "Y" ratings, and notice a HUGE difference between "G" & "PG". And yes, they always pick up the most inappropriate lines...even if they are one-liners meant for the adults. And HOORAY for Sesame Street! Its a hit in our house too :)

  2. AnonymousJuly 23, 2010

    Thanks to the Chipettes Chaz sings "I wanna get in a fight, so, so what! I'm still a rock star, I got my rock moves..." in the public shower at Foss - inpsite of that, I really do sensor A LOT - my kids watch an alarming amount of TV some weeks and hardly any other weeks... it is the drug of choice at our house - Have you watched Bugs Life? Turned that one off right away... It's all about killing and they shout DIE DIE DIE...
    Since they watch TV, I do sensor it and I don't apoligize for it ONE TEENY TINY BIT...

  3. My kids are older now...so I have loosened up alot ( they are 8 and 12 ), but I was the same way when they were little....

    Once they are in school its a little harder...but if thats how you raise your kids then you have that right.

    I still get funny looks when I go to peoples homes where they let their kids play with fake guns...My kids know they aren't allowed too and I get accused of sheltering them.

    I tell my kids...shooting people is not something to joke around about...The world is too desensitized to this stuff as it is as far as Im concerned.

  4. Well I'm glad to know I'm not the only one, whew. Now to get take over the media....and I'm with you on the gun stance Michelle!

    And those trouble maker Chipmunks!!

  5. Wow... I soooo identify with your post Cari. I have been fighting this battle with my ex since... well... forever... long before we separated... Once I caught him letting my LO watch Family Guy... OMFG... I lost it to say the least.... I have always been really cautious about what is on tv... We have a great channel in the province I live in called Treehouse... I'm guessing its in the states too... or not? I LOVE it... NO commercials... I can't stand those channels with commercials... All they are good for... is creating mass consumers in my opinion...Treehouse is full of toddler preschooler appropriate shows.... some of our favorites... DORA, DIEGO, Backyardigans (adorable), Angelina Ballerina, Caillou just to name a few... I wish I could get her dad to think a bit before he introduces things to her little mind... She was having nightmares for weeks about the headless horseman... OMG who lets a 4 yearold watch that? Now she is dreaming about wearwolves? Really.... he just watches whatever he wants while she wanders around in the background... grrr... I'm workin myself up just thinking about it...

  6. Oh my...Family Guy is terrible...I've seen the Treehouse logo at the end of some of the kids shows, Caillou, etc. very similiar to Sprout. My kiddos LOVE Caillou. I have to admit, I've been known to belt out a Backyardigans song here or there. I am lucky that their Dad respects the fact that I hate a potty mouth.


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