By Rachel H, TSP
One day when I asked my daughter to do something that she wasn’t too crazy about doing, she looked at me and replied with a bit of sass, “I’d Rather Stick Pins in My Eyeballs.” You might be thinking. “Oh, she is going through the teenager attitude phase right?” No, the girl is FOUR! I couldn’t believe when that came out of her mouth! Initially, it struck me as funny and I could not help but laugh. Then I asked her where she had heard that and she replied, “High School Musical.” I know what you are thinking – “It is HIGH SCHOOL musical, Rachel, not PRESCHOOL musical, of course she is going to hear things like that and mimic what they do.”
I guess I have just always tried to be laid back and consider that I ran around the house singing, “Push It” and “Like a Virgin” when I was a kid having no idea what they meant and I think I turned out OK! (Enter zinger comments from my friends here!) I watched Three’s Company, Grease, and other things that had “suggestive” plots , but never really caught on.
But then other times I wonder if I am totally warping their minds when I let my kids watch shows or movies like this. My son’s new response when I ask him to clean his room or pick up his things is, “Got it, girl!” Far cry from the “Yes, ma’am” that many parents would expect, huh?
Personally, I think most of these sayings and actions are harmless and more than likely they are catching on to my own personality and common sayings more than anything from TV! As long as my children are respectful to others and to themselves, I think that is the number one priority, but it still brings me to the topic that I wanted to discuss today – which TV shows and movies do you think are inappropriate for your kids?
I personally love Noggin – good, clean, fun, but needless to say, my son who is almost seven is absolutely over that channel, which means my daughter only watches it when he is not around. I also like Boomerang because it brings back memories of my childhood when we watched the Flintstones and the Jetsons. I am not crazy about Cartoon Network, and even Disney sometimes has shows that I am not too happy about letting my kids watch. Don’t even get me started on Nickelodeon.
I may need to throw in here that we do not have DVR, so there is no advance planning for shows. If we are home on a weekday, my children get about an hour of TV, so it totally depends on what time homework is done, if we have any other activities, etc. What they watch just depends on what happens to be on television at the time that we have a free hour.
And what is up with the dark and dreary movies for kids lately? Have you seen Corraline? What about the remakes of Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, and Where the Wild Things Are? Why do they have to be so creepy, dark, and dismal?
Realistically, most parents do not have the time to sit with their children and monitor every TV show, or prescreen every movie before we allow them to watch it, so let’s help each other out here – what shows and movies are appropriate for what ages?
Again, my top recommendations for children ages 4-7 are the Noggin shows and Boomerang Channel. I also think the PBS shows are great for younger kids. For movies, we recently saw How to Train Your Dragon. It was so cute. A great DVD … I thought Kung Fu Panda was so cute for adults and kids without being too scary or sad. And the classics … I love The Parent Trap (old and new versions).
You can also check out our past blog on TV ratings for kids here. Tell us what you think!
It seems the new movies and shows are dark, over sexualized, full of potty talk and teach disrespect of parents…our family doesn't watch Disney or really much tv at all except for PBS. We review movies on http://www.pluggedin.com. Recently we watched Anne of Green Gables…so there are classic movies and books out there, it just takes more time to find quality entertainment.
This post made my morning … i can relate so well! I also think the new movies out are terrible. We need some light, good-humored flicks for our kids and some good family-type sit-coms like Cosby Show, etc. There ar very few shows that our entire family can watch together.
I had 3 older siblings who loved MTV and Guiding Light when my parents left the room. They were pros at changing the channel when they heard the footsteps! I think the shows on TV these days are so much worse than what my eyes saw as a kid. I try to remind myself of the boiling frog anecdote often!If you drop a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will of course frantically try to clamber out. But if you place it gently in a pot of tepid water and turn the heat on low, it will float there quite placidly. As the water gradually heats up, the frog will sink into a tranquil stupor, exactly like one of us in a hot bath, and before long, with a smile on its face, it will unresistingly allow itself to be boiled to death.It's a slippery slope if we're not careful.
I don't understand why PG movies have curse words in them. We have been renting a lot of "family" movies for our movie nights and have noticed more and more curse words in them. Not what I want my seven and five year-olds to hear. They don't add any value to the movie and the target audience is obviously children. Who can you complain to about this – I'm sure all parents would feel the same.
TOTALLY agree with this! Why are there no more G movies around? And why do they always have to include adult humor in kids' films? Yeah, it makes it a little nicer for us to watch, but I think kids pick up on more than we give them credit for.
Cartoon Network is totally off limits at our house. It is just mostly inappropriate. However, as my 9 year old sneaks it, it has become more about her respecting a boundary. My husband wants to block it, but I want her to make the right choice. Small steps of learning will hopefully make big battles easier to win.
It is made up of cheap panadora different pieces that pandora jewery complements and blends with each other to create that perfect look of an Indian bride. The Maangtika, the nose ring, the earrings, the bangles, the necklace, the anklets pandora jewerelly and toe rings make up the entirety of pandora jewlerry the complete Indian bridal jewelry.The Maangtika is the pandora charms and beads most traditional and most essential part of the Indian bridal jewelry. Apart pandora charms from the necklace, the Maangtika is the most noticeable piece pandora charms uk of the Indian bridal jewelry adorned on an Indian bride. It is worn on the bride' head and is designed to be unique for each bride. While its color and design largely depend on the colors of the bride's outfit, it is cheap pandora charms usually made of precious stones like pearls and diamonds. It has pandora charms sale a centerpiece that is exquisitely designed and sits on bride's forehead and is usually attached by a string that runs to the back of the bride's head. Another essential part of the Indian bridal jewelry pandora charms 2010 is the necklace. This piece is usually very eye-catching with a design that is in tune with the other pieces of Indian bridal jewelry adorned on the rest of the bride's body.