Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Oh Be Careful Little Eyes...



These shows are two favorites around these parts.
Well, now I guess I should say were two favorites.

It hit me today, while our Home Improvement DVD was on.
While Randy, Mark, and Brad were arguing.
And being so mean to each other.
And having the worst attitudes ever.
And the crowd laughing so hard at their behavior.
And my little toddlers eyes locked in on them on the TV screen.

It just hit me.
Kids are watching EVERYTHING to find out what is right and what is wrong. And if I play shows like that, and shows where kids are disrespectful to parents and are sassy and mean to others, yet I tell her not to be like that...isn't that a rather confusing message to our little one?

I can't help if we see a mean kid or a snotty, spoiled kid at the park. We can learn from that. And it'll be a bit of a shock because we don't act like that.
But if we let it into our home all. the. time. then how is she supposed to know the difference at such a young age?

You and I are mature enough to see "come on... It's Full House." But my sweet, absorbing, learning daughter is not. All she sees is how those kids are acting, and how those parents are responding. And it looks nothing like the way we do things in our house. I don't want to send her mixed signals.

So I hopped up and turned the show off immediately.
And that was that.
Lots of these shows in our future!

Although, I like the older seasons more than the newer.
Ruby LOVES this show. Pinky Dinky Doo. Found it on Netflix. She is so respectful to her parents,  very patient and kind with her little brother,  always kind to friends and always has such a great attitude. I love it! Kind of weird and imaginative, but more creative and out of the norm. It's just very upbeat and positive and each episode teaches a new word. Some of them have been "doodle, conserve, mortified, gracious" etc. and explain a word kids have probably heard but don't know quite what it is. And each show has a little quiz about the episode. It's very cute. And again...Ruby LOVES it.




We also really like The Duggar Family show, because we have so many similar beliefs! These obviously aren't the only shows we'll play in the house, but I just know that after today I will be much more aware of what we are planting in our little girl, television wise.

What are some of the shows you guys like for your little ones?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Uh. Arthur. So classic and always clever. DW can be sassy! I know it's hard to imagine Ruby being sassy right now, but just wait. I read a study when N was a bout Rubys age about television that affected me. The storyline in kids' shows often has a character element - boy is mean to girl, event, resolution/reconciliation. The study showed that in 30 minutes, there would be 17 minutes of boy hurting feelings/being mean, and only 2 minutes of resolution. Children under 4 understandably absorb very little of the moral, and more of he behaviors/words being modeled for the majority of the show. Way to be observant and proactive.

Anonymous said...

We also watch Scrubbs as a family a few times a week after dinner, but you guys would definitely find that offensive. Anything's better than Roseanne!

Annie said...

Really the only thing Easton watches is Mickey during breakfast or the occasional Barney show before dinner...He really likes the songs and loves to dance it out. We do a lot of music in our house. I really could do without the TV all together.

Sheryl said...

Is Barney still on?....hehe

Haley Galloway said...

You go girl.
I know we could be better at observing what Sophie watches. Most of the time I do have PBS Kids on. Sophie loves watching A Baby Story which is something I DVR every day and we watch together. We love 19 Kids and Counting too!! I look up to Michelle Duggar and their family so much. That women has it put together and the kids are amazing examples of the harvest you will reap if you put the time into growing and raising your children righteously and by the spirit.

Thanks for another awesome blog filled with a great word. I will definitely be praying about this very topic and making some changes accordingly.

Anonymous said...

Oh! Almost forgot. Danny doesn't come home until after the kids go to sleep two nights a week. When I'm putting T down it's Little House On The Prairie time! After I put N to bed I often watch another episode - it's like a wholesome soap opera. Seriously good television.

Leslie said...

I was going to say, Roseanne is the WORSE show ever if you are trying to teach your kids not to be disrespectful. Even though the mom is the bad one in that show. I like Judge Judy. I know, I know. Miller loves Max and Ruby. Which annoys me to no end. Oh, and loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Caillou (who can actually be bratty), and Jake & the Neverland Pirates on Disney Junior.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Oh Be Careful Little Eyes...



These shows are two favorites around these parts.
Well, now I guess I should say were two favorites.

It hit me today, while our Home Improvement DVD was on.
While Randy, Mark, and Brad were arguing.
And being so mean to each other.
And having the worst attitudes ever.
And the crowd laughing so hard at their behavior.
And my little toddlers eyes locked in on them on the TV screen.

It just hit me.
Kids are watching EVERYTHING to find out what is right and what is wrong. And if I play shows like that, and shows where kids are disrespectful to parents and are sassy and mean to others, yet I tell her not to be like that...isn't that a rather confusing message to our little one?

I can't help if we see a mean kid or a snotty, spoiled kid at the park. We can learn from that. And it'll be a bit of a shock because we don't act like that.
But if we let it into our home all. the. time. then how is she supposed to know the difference at such a young age?

You and I are mature enough to see "come on... It's Full House." But my sweet, absorbing, learning daughter is not. All she sees is how those kids are acting, and how those parents are responding. And it looks nothing like the way we do things in our house. I don't want to send her mixed signals.

So I hopped up and turned the show off immediately.
And that was that.
Lots of these shows in our future!

Although, I like the older seasons more than the newer.
Ruby LOVES this show. Pinky Dinky Doo. Found it on Netflix. She is so respectful to her parents,  very patient and kind with her little brother,  always kind to friends and always has such a great attitude. I love it! Kind of weird and imaginative, but more creative and out of the norm. It's just very upbeat and positive and each episode teaches a new word. Some of them have been "doodle, conserve, mortified, gracious" etc. and explain a word kids have probably heard but don't know quite what it is. And each show has a little quiz about the episode. It's very cute. And again...Ruby LOVES it.




We also really like The Duggar Family show, because we have so many similar beliefs! These obviously aren't the only shows we'll play in the house, but I just know that after today I will be much more aware of what we are planting in our little girl, television wise.

What are some of the shows you guys like for your little ones?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Uh. Arthur. So classic and always clever. DW can be sassy! I know it's hard to imagine Ruby being sassy right now, but just wait. I read a study when N was a bout Rubys age about television that affected me. The storyline in kids' shows often has a character element - boy is mean to girl, event, resolution/reconciliation. The study showed that in 30 minutes, there would be 17 minutes of boy hurting feelings/being mean, and only 2 minutes of resolution. Children under 4 understandably absorb very little of the moral, and more of he behaviors/words being modeled for the majority of the show. Way to be observant and proactive.

Anonymous said...

We also watch Scrubbs as a family a few times a week after dinner, but you guys would definitely find that offensive. Anything's better than Roseanne!

Annie said...

Really the only thing Easton watches is Mickey during breakfast or the occasional Barney show before dinner...He really likes the songs and loves to dance it out. We do a lot of music in our house. I really could do without the TV all together.

Sheryl said...

Is Barney still on?....hehe

Haley Galloway said...

You go girl.
I know we could be better at observing what Sophie watches. Most of the time I do have PBS Kids on. Sophie loves watching A Baby Story which is something I DVR every day and we watch together. We love 19 Kids and Counting too!! I look up to Michelle Duggar and their family so much. That women has it put together and the kids are amazing examples of the harvest you will reap if you put the time into growing and raising your children righteously and by the spirit.

Thanks for another awesome blog filled with a great word. I will definitely be praying about this very topic and making some changes accordingly.

Anonymous said...

Oh! Almost forgot. Danny doesn't come home until after the kids go to sleep two nights a week. When I'm putting T down it's Little House On The Prairie time! After I put N to bed I often watch another episode - it's like a wholesome soap opera. Seriously good television.

Leslie said...

I was going to say, Roseanne is the WORSE show ever if you are trying to teach your kids not to be disrespectful. Even though the mom is the bad one in that show. I like Judge Judy. I know, I know. Miller loves Max and Ruby. Which annoys me to no end. Oh, and loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Caillou (who can actually be bratty), and Jake & the Neverland Pirates on Disney Junior.