Now that we're living with the in-laws, we have access to their Dish and the many, many, MANY channels that come with it. Honestly, it's rather overwhelming. But along with that, now we have multiple children's programming channels. While we used to only watch PBS, now we have Disney Jr, Nick Jr and Cartoon Network to choose from as well. And you know what I've discovered? They're all crap. What a disgrace! Let's evaluate, shall we? (For the sake of not writing a thesis on the subject, I'll give you an abridged version... just a few programs per network).
here. If this is not a testament to what a disgrace this show is, then I don't know what is. I know of some people who truly enjoyed this program... but they were in college... and they were high. Go figures. This is not a show for children. And, Nick Jr. doesn't seem to see a problem in playing it back-to-back-to-back for hours on end. Really?! This is quite possible the most obnoxious show on television.
LOUDER!!!" OMG... SHUT UP!!!
Yo Gabba Gabba is the only show we watch from Nick... and we watch it on Netflix. I also think it's a waste of time. It's annoying as hell. BUT, we kinda dig the music. It's really modern and up to date, which is hard to find in kids shows. We limit the amount of Gabba we allow too. I mean, for cryin' out loud, they have a kid playing the recorder with her nose! We have to limit it.
How about all the commercials on Nick? What the heck!? That's the last thing I want my kid to see. At least Disney doesn't have commercials... they're definitely one up from Nick.
Now I could go on and talk about Cartoon Network as well, but I wont. It's not even worth the time it'll take me to find pictures and write it up. This network is a huge disgrace and I don't think I'll EVER allow my kids to watch it. Every show makes kids out to be smart asses and parents are idiots. What a shame... encouraging little defiant monsters.
I can honestly tell you that this is the ONLY channel that has quality programming for hours on end. I don't plan on planting my kids in front of the TV for hours on end, but if you're gonna have "one of those days", at least you know there's an option that's not going to fill their heads with garbage. Don't get me wrong... not all PBS shows are great. I think Clifford is crap as well as Caillou. But, eh, it's better than the alternatives. Let me share with you my faves!
So, in order to not make this any longer than it already is... I know, it's already long enough, I'll leave you with this. Consider what your kids are watching. In my opinion, it's unrealistic to implement a "no tv" rule unless you and your family abide by it as well. I mean, if kids are gonna watch TV (and you know they are), then make the most out of it. Don't waste your time with junk that has no purpose other than being entertaining... they'll have plenty of time for that later.