I have come to the realization tonight that I am getting old. My step-children like most kids today feel the need to have the TV on constantly. Until recently we haven’t had cable in our house; but when we are at their grandparent’s house, they try to be in control of the remote. I do not approve of much of what they watch. I find much of the “kid’s” programming to be highly inappropriate for a 13 and 8 year old. I especially do not approve of the way that kids treat/talk to adults in many of these shows. I don’t say too much, though because as the step-mom I don’t have much say in these matters.
As mentioned, I recently had cable hooked up in our house. This has been a wonderful thing for me as I have been on bed rest recovering from my many health issues. Often times (like tonight) I am unable to sleep at night. The TV keeps me company. A few nights ago I ran out of DVR recordings and was forced to actually browse the listings of what was currently showing. I was interested to find that many of my favorite childhood cartoons play in the wee hours of the night. These are shows that I haven’t watched in 10+ years, but I remember fondly. I, of course, set the DVR to record some of these shows so that I could watch and still avoid the commercials.
I have determined that many of these shows are not what I would consider kid appropriate. The humor is rude and crude. There are more innuendos than I can count, and overall the shows are just not kid friendly. And this is what I loved as a kid. I would not want my children watching my favorite shows. This makes me question am I just getting too old? Would I be one of those moms who has to watch everything before their kids do to monitor for appropriateness? I never thought of myself as that person, but now I am not so sure. Maybe my kids would just be allowed to watch Sesame Street until they are teenagers. (note: need to watch Sesame Street to see if still kid appropriate).
But then again, I watched all this stuff, and I turned out pretty amazing……..