Monday, July 6, 2009

Those Things we Hate to Love

I know before I ever had kids that I was could be heard saying, "I will never let my kids EVER watch Barney!" Yeah, famous last words... We now even own the videos and know ALL the words to ALL the songs. And even know ALL the kids names clear back to when it was Barney and the Backyard gang with Michael, his sister Amy (who at sometime overtook the older brother in size), Lucy and her little sister Tina, Adam (who they changed the actor that played him partway through) and Derek.

Then there were the "Teletubbies" who 'experts' came out and said was detrimental to your children to watch. It would slow them in their vocabulary development. But who cares because for a while there we never missed an episode, it was a chance for me to sleep in an extra 30-minutes in the morning while Melissa was completely engrossed in mindless entertainment.
And who could forget Caillou who was so sickly nice to his sister 99% of the time and was so unnaturally good that it made you want to puke. Yet, Jenna thought that it was the best thing in the world. She even wanted to go get her some fast new running shoes just like he had in one episode.

And last but certainly not least the "Boobah" who I loved to watch with Spencer because it made him laugh so hard, I could not help but laugh right along.

For as much as these shows were completely annoying and obnoxious, there is something about them that kids just love. And we love them too because lets face it, it keeps our kids occupied and entertained so we don't have to. They're happy, we're happy what's not to love? I'm just sayin'.

What would you add to the list?


Lhone said...

Kids songs! Brittany loves kids songs. I swear Boobah was a hippy, drug induced dare that somehow made it on tv. That show was insane!

Sher said...

Bleh!! I can honestly say that none of my kids have watched any of those shows...mostly becaues they all would get on my nerves, but also because I promised myself I'd never let them, and I stuck to it. Especailly Caillou. My little brother used to watch it and I thought he (the show, not my brother) was the whining, brattiest, most spoiled brat ever. No way, i was going to let my kids learn that!

they're also not allowed to watch Sponge Bob.

Judy said...

When Sam was little and still cried when we left him, for some reason I had to go somewhere (I forget where) and had to have my neighbor watch him. I apologized and told her I was sorry, he would cry but that he would probably calm down... but before I left Teletubbies got put on... and he was there, tear free, when I returned watching them. He LOVED them, and yes, it gave me some extra time in the mornings. Michael hated that I let him watch it.