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View Poll Results: Which children's television programs are the best?
Dora the Explorer
Thomas the Tank Engine
Spongebob Square Pants
None! We had it better when we were kids.
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 53. You may not vote on this poll
It's so interesting what you guys have been saying about Caillou. DS and I had never seen it before, but it was on at his grandma's house last weekend. He was watching the episode about how Caillou stays up all night and can't sleep; and ever since then, DS#1 has been having sleep issues. Very annoying!
I’m Sarah (39), wife to Chris (40), mom to three boys (age 0, 3 and 5)
I think NickJr rocks. Seriously, he has learned a TON from those shows. The list of things he has learned would be huge if I wrote it all out. We do alot with him too, but there are still many things that I am like where did you learn that and then realize it's from YGG, Dora, Thomas or Moose and Zee. (Puzzle time is one of his favorite things, LOL.) I do have to say that I cannot stand, Caillou--kid whines about everything, Ni-Hao--those animals throw the worst fits ever (yes they always work it out, but still it annoys me how bratty they are for over half the episode), and I'm not a huge fan of Max and Ruby either--but only because I would love to know where those kids parents are so Ruby can stop being so bossy all the time!
I loved the cartoons we had way back when much more. We watch Doug and Rugrats on demand, I looooooved those shows when I was littler But there are some very cute shows Lily watches.
As a whole, Lily doesn't actively watch too much tv. The tv she does watch is monitored and I have to agree with it. She watches a lot of shows on noggin, discovery kids, disney, or on-demand, and there are some shows that she watches that teaches her stuff that I didn't even know. Like Crashbox, the show is a bit wacky but it teaches her cool stuff. I LOVE the show Crash Bang Splat, it has really neat experiments. I find myself making Lily watch that show because I like it so much! I used to not like her watching I-Carly, but I have to admit that show is one of my guilty pleasures. Even Tony sheepishly admitted he liked watching it That is probably one of her least educational show she watches.
I know many people don't like their kids watching TV, but I am fine with it as long as most of her shows are educational and appropriate for her age. Lily is most often doing something else like coloring, her workbooks, reading, playing with pet shops, etc... while watching TV, so she isn't just glued to the TV all day. It's more like background noise while she is doing other play activities.
There are certain shows/movies she is NOT allowed to watch, and that's anything with violence, gore, too many cuss words, bratz movies and shows, or something that just isn't really appropriate for her age. Spongebob pushes it, because it can have some really adult humor in it, but I have learned to actually like spongebob. Though I do push her to watch other shows or movies instead of spongebob.
Originally Posted by mayandsofiasmommy
You don't have my favorites as options!!
I love Yo Gabba Gabba, Wonderpets, and Backyardigans (in that order)
YGG is awesome. Great messages, great music! My girls love shows that have lots of music in them. They also like Dora. I don't like Dora, I find her annoying, but the show is ok.
Sesame street is good, but I like the old school ones best. So, obviously we are a Nick Jr. family I do want to see that word show on PBS though. I forget what it is called.
I love YGG and Wonderpets (such a cute show!). My mom acted like she didn't know me when we went into Hot Topic and I had a complete fit over finding the cutest hoodie that I could wear... in YGG I proudly wear it, I love that show, lol.
You know what show I am sooooo glad Lily grew out of? Boohbah. Those things scared the crap out of me, lol
Can't stand Caillou (whiney and irritating) or Max & Ruby (she's too bossy). We usually have on either PBS, TVO or CBC Playground (both are Canadian stations) and all are commercial free. Curious George is THE show right now and every night I read a few Curious George stories and when we go to the library my DD's are forever asking for "monkey".
There were educational shows when I was a kid but there was also a lot of "fluffy" shows that were there for pure entertainment. Depening on the channel I've found there seems to be more educational shows now than when I was a child. The fact that there are entire channels dedicated to children's programing and On Demand channels is amazing. I remember as a kid I got to see cartoons only on Saturday mornings and educational shows before and after school on either PBS or TVO.
Waybuloo is odd and I can't grasp it. What is it with a lot of the British shows? Even in The Night Garden makes me feel like I should be tripping on something to understand it when I'm watching it!
Exactly. When DD was younger, like 3, she would say "mommy, what they doing?" and I didn't know what to answer (for Waybuloo). Ok, so it's yoga? Floating yoga? Then, she would ask me what they were saying on In the Night Garden. I couldn't answer that either. We turn off the TV when those shows come on. She doesn't enjoy them and we think they're weird.
I don't evaluate it based on "educational value." Not everything in life has to be about education. Sometimes, it can just be fun
Some kids progammes seriously creep me out or annoy me to death. Dora is one of latter, In the Night Garden is definitely one of the former. I either haven't seen the others or my kids were just never into them. Spongebob is cute and funny, but annoying after a while. But at least it has a reasonably good character. I like Spongebob. He's always positive, he helps his neighbors, he gives 100% at his job, and he can get along with almost anyone. Even Plankton.
There's others I like too. Little Bear, for a lot of the same reasons as SB. Charlie and Lola, because it's adorable. A few others, but my kids aren't really big followers of any one show usually, so I don't learn to like or learn to hate most of them. I dodged the Dora bullet with both girls though, GO ME!
Really? That's interesting. We've (DH, DD and I) have watched a few episodes, and each time, it's focused on potty humour and irresponsible behaviour. Maybe I need to watch again.
Yes, DD is hugely into Curious George right now. I refuse to let her watch SpongeBob...
I love the lessons Curious George teaches while still humorous. I just don't get SpongeBob. It seems the whole preface of the show is for plankton to steal a secret recipe. DD likes it, but I don't care for it at.all.
Phineas and Ferb. That show is seriously my guilty pleasure and my child isn't even born yet! My husband and I always try to catch the new episodes.
I'd also say Avatar: The Last Airbender. It had a great cast of characters including strong female characters who fight right along side the boys. And it has a great storyline, having Asian influences. Though the live action movie was terrible.
I like all of the ones mentioned above, except sesame street. I find myself watching cartoons along with them all the time
The kids watch everything as well, Becca even still enjoys Baby Einstein movies (the ones that have animals in them) and she's 3.5. The only shows I can't stand are ones like adventure time on cartoon network. I don't really get it (I'm sure I wouldn't get the British ones you mentioned either lol).. and it's on before adult swim, so it's aimed toward children yet.
I'm not picky of what they watch, I let them watch family guy or American dad, whatever, it all goes over their head.