This particular rant is nothing more than such. A rant. Not a rave. I have to say that in the last ten years with three different children, I've watched a lot of kid's shows. Some are pure entertainment, but mostly TV for younger children (pre-school/toddler) is always educational in some sort of way. I've been through Dora the Explorer, Veggie Tales, Sid the Science Kid, Between the Lions, Blue's Clues. The one show that I loved as a child, I now can't stand as an adult. Sesame Street.
Isn't that sad? I remember coming home from Kindergarten and racing inside to turn on Sesame Street with Big Bird and Snuffalouffagus (however u spell it!). And the dog...Barkley. Loved him. Now, when Sesame Street comes on, if the young prince is not enthralled with it, I change it. *gasp* There is only one culprit.
ELMO. Kristi can't stand the way Elmo talks. :0) No, not referring to himself in third person. I actually understand that from early childhood development. Babies and toddlers are not always so good at understanding pronouns. But, I remember something else from ECD....Talk to your child properly. Yes, they prefer a higher pitch and you should always snuggy wuggy once in a while. But, for the most part as soon as my children started pronouncing words, I started speaking to them as if they were just another tiny adult walking around.
Elmo is difficult to understand and while I realize that makes him more 'real' to his audience, it is frustrating to hear him speak. I want my kids to communicate well as they grow up. Communication is the groundwork for all future learning. Therefore, why are we teaching them to talk like a crazy, ticklish red puppet??!!
What do you think? Are there cartoons/educational TV programs that you feel might not be as educational or appropriate as you'd like? I know there are a ton to choose from. My other hated cartoon? Spongebob. And if my kids heard me say that, I'd be tarred and feathered. :0) So, I have to pretend that he's "cool" so I'm not a totally lame mother. Can't wait to hear from you.