Are you familiar with the show Little Bill on Nick Jr.? Little Bill is a b-r-a-t and gets on my nerves. Period. End of story.
I just watched an episode where Little Bill refused to take a nap and then tried to run away from home over it. Really? Run away from home over a nap? First, doesn’t Little Bill seem a little too old to take a nap? Second, if he’s familiar with the concept of running away from home then isn’t he definitely too old for a nap?
I didn’t entertain the concept of running away from home until junior high school when my mother wouldn’t buy me the Jordache Jeans with the bows and zippers in the back.
Here’s what Nick Jr. says about the show: Little Bill is based on Bill Cosby’s book series and is developed through research and in consultation with a panel of educational consultants. The show is designed to help kids celebrate their everyday experiences and the people who share them. Little Bill shows kids that what they do makes a difference in the world. By dealing with conflicts encountered in everyday life, the program encourages children to value the love of their family, to increase self-esteem, and to develop social skills.
Here’s my beef with Little Bill: Typically, each episode goes something like this…
1. Little Bill does something bad or bratty.
2. Someone intervenes (or not if they want him to experience the consequence of his action).
3. The lesson is unveiled.
In my opinion, children watching the show are too young to understand the sequencing of the plot and perhaps are not seeing the “lesson” but are only retaining that Little Bill doesn’t listen or wants to run away or hits his sister. It makes me wonder if the writers for Little Bill have children. And don’t even get me started on Max & Ruby… Am I in a focus group of one, Smarties, or does Little Bill drive you batty?