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?