@girlgonecostal and a tweet she wrote about how Thomas the Tank Engine never learnt and was really rather naughty.
What will beome clear from this post is that:
1. My kids watch too much TV
2. I watch too much kids TV
3. I really should worry about more important things in life.
So here are my observations of some of the favourites that our little ones watch.
In the Night Garden
I could write a PhD thesis on this programme - although someone has probably already done this. However, the most confusing thing for me is the size of the Ninky Nonk. It rushes around hooting at knee height to Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy and then the next minute they are inside it! "How can this possibly happen?" I queried out loud one day. "Magic Mummy" ah yes big man that is probably it.
A favourite of middle man's. But shouldn't Norman Price have an ASBO? Everyday he manages to use at least one of the emergency services. How a small welsh village manages to fund the 4 fire fighters, mountain rescue and an ambulance service that are required to sort out the problems this small boy creates is beyond me. Their council tax must be through the roof.
Even Royal Mail can no longer cope with the incompetence of this man. He now has his own special delivery service. I have no idea how much it costs for him to deliver a parcel but I wouldn't expect it is cheap, in order for it to fund the use of his own helicopter for deliveries. Quite frankly I wouldn't trust this bumbling idiot with anything more valuable than a piece of junk mail.
Special Agent Oso
Talking of bumbling idiots..... Special Agent?? Really??? I sincerely hope that this program is in no way a reflection of the American special forces. Highly trained military units carrying out the high risk mission of tying their own shoe laces correctly.
On the whole this is a pretty educational programme. It has even caused an argument between my husband and me as to whether such a creature as a blob fish exists. It does and it looks like this:
However, in the unlikely event that a polar bear should find himself captaining a submarine type vessel containing a penguin, cat, otter and bunny, he would eat them. At least in Madagascar, the concept of Alex the lion wanting to eat his friends is tackled.
I could go on, but I really should move the kids away from the TV instead. I would love to say - it was better in my day - but it wasn't. I made the mistake of googling chock-a-block, button moon and the flumps. If you are tempted to do the same - don't! Just let them stay as happy childhood memories.
If you have any niggling questions about kids television, please share them here or on my facebook page. I would love to know that it isn't just me and @girlgoneoastal that over think these things!