When Lily was really little we were SUPER AMAZING PARENTS and didn’t let her little eyes ever see a TV. Because it would destroy her developing brain forever.
After she turned two we gradually gave into a little TV. Mostly because I was pregnant and tired and she was, well two, and did I mention I was tired and pregnant. But then it was ONLY educational TV where she would learn to count to ten in Spanish or learn about famous composers. (we also quickly learned Calliou is from the devil).
Pretty much the same routine followed with Hannah but we probably got a little more lax. Not necessarily in what she could watch, but the frequency. Her viewing habits still leaned heavily towards PBS kids and educational Nick Jr. shows. We have a lot of Dora toys still milling about the house.
As you can imagine with Silas all bets are off. The kids watches TV every morning upon awaking (mostly so we can get a few more precious minutes of sleep). And his favorite shows, Peppa Pig and Bubble Guppies, have very little value.
For the longest time our rule has been “no kids shows with real people in them”. Not because they are necessarily corrupt, but just because the glimpses I have seen have a lot of sassy and disrespectful kids in them. And I am pretty sure my kids don’t need lessons in THAT. Bring back the Dora por favor.
But there comes a point when it just doesn’t seem fair to force your almost ten year old (WHAT??) to watch cartoon characters asking what shape has three sides. At the same time, usually they all watch TV together so I have to make sure Silas isn’t exposed to things I don’t want him seeing.
So back during Pukefest 2013, when Lily and I were stuck in bed all day she convinced me to watch an episode of Good Luck Charlie with her. She had seen an episode at a friend’s house (which she really isn’t supposed to do, but in between puking seemed like a non-ideal time to lecture her on this fact) and assured me it was appropriate. I was actually super impressed that she said the only thing I might take issue with was that the mom didn’t always speak to the dad respectfully. Dang, they are apparently listening after all.
Anywho, we downloaded and episode and interweb peeps? I enjoyed it. It reminded me a bit of the family shows I grew up with, laugh tracks and all. The family all loved each other and treated each other well. There were mini life lessons to be learned. Although instead of relating to the kids I found myself relating to the mom (who by the way has a small muffin top so kudos to Disney for casting a mom who LOOKS like a mom).
So now Good Luck Charlie resides on our DVR with Peppa Pig and Phineas and Ferb (who I also secretly enjoy). I have also found that America’s Funniest Home Videos and Family Game Night are awesome no matter how old you are. When we really want to blow the kids mind we let them eat at TV trays and watch those as a family. Fun mom wins!!
How about you? What shows do you let your kids (or not let your kids) watch?