It seems like every time family comes to visit us or we go to visit them, a TV ends up being turned on in an attempt to occupy my daughter’s attention. And every time this happens, I tell the TV turner on-er that it isn’t going to work. My daughter isn’t going to watch cartoons.
It’s almost as if people assume I don’t know my own child and scoff at what I just said. What kid doesn’t like TV?
Bee doesn’t like TV.
Bee doesn’t watch cartoons.
Because I don’t let her.
She gets to watch the news on weekend mornings with her dad. On weekdays the TV doesn’t get turned on until around 4pm when Family Feud comes on because Hubby and I both like to watch that show.
Family Feud is followed by the local news. We watch that, too. Then it’s usually time to start getting Bee ready for bed.
Occasionally, while passing through channels, Hubby or I might land on a cartoon and leave it on for a couple minutes, waiting to see Bee’s reaction.
Normally she’ll watch it for a few seconds, then return to whatever it was she had been doing.
She isn’t impressed by Cat in the Hat, Mickey Mouse, Sesame Street or Curious George.
To the majority of people reading this, I’m sure I sound like a crazy, mean parent lady. Depriving my child of cartoons… what kind of mom does that?
This kind! Here’s why:
The liberal, PC agenda
Have you ever sat down and watched a modern cartoon? They’re all doing the same thing: pushing a liberal, politically correct agenda down your child’s throat.
If you’re okay with that, great, but I’m not. If anyone is going to brainwash my 1 year old, it’s going to be me or her father. Not some cartoon that pushes her to believe in things we don’t.
According to cartoons, if a “bully” is picking on you, it’s your duty to find the nearest adult and taddle on him rather than stand up for yourself.
According to cartoons, we all need to be accepting of one another. Rather than dislike that annoying, weird kid that lives down the street, our children are being taught that those feelings aren’t okay to have.
A whole bunch of BS if you ask me.
Technology is evil
Do I sound crazy yet?
I don’t actually believe anything is “evil”, but sometimes I look around and can’t help but think that technology does more harm than good.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take my electric refrigerator over a cellar any day! And I don’t know what I’d do without my computer. That being said, I still don’t think kids need to be glued to a screen all day.
I have a 5 year old niece who starts kindergarten next week. Now, when I think of kindergarten, I remember what it was like when I was a kid. Story books, paper, crayons… little kid stuff.
My niece is expected to bring headphones to school because kindergartners are using iPods, iPads and computers! Seriously… WTF? Why does a 5 year old need to be using mp3 players, computers and tablets?
Those 3 year olds who know how to use a computer better than their parents piss me off
Every time I see this, all I think is “you’re a shitty parent”.
It’s true. And I’m not sorry for saying it. If you’re offended, then you’re probably one of those shitty parents.
I’m not going to hand my child a tablet or mp3 player when I need a break. I’m not going to use the TV or computer as a babysitter. That’s called half-assed parenting and I’m not going to do it.
I totally understand that sometimes all you want is a break from your 3 year old. And I hate to sound like a dick again, but you probably should have considered that before you decided to have a child.
There are better things she could spend her time doing
Bee has toys, she has books, she has the dogs, she has a yard, she has her dad and she has me. All things that can keep her entertained. There’s not a single reason she needs to spend any time watching cartoons when she has all those other things!
Sure, it’d be really nice to turn the TV on and let her watch cartoons in the living room while she eats her breakfast so I can get some work done around the house. And yeah, I struggle to get things done sometimes because she is constantly underfoot and always wanting to help me. But ya know what? Every time she watches me sweep and every time she tries to help me scrub the floors, she’s learning. Learning from the real world, from real life, and not from some stupid animated TV show.
The older she gets, the more she will be able to see and do. The more the world will teach her lessons. Lessons she could never possibly learn from a tablet or computer screen.
Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who remembers the days before computers. Back when people had to *gasp* read a book if they wanted to learn something. Back before the days of Googling everything. Once upon a time when we used paper dictionaries and thesauruses… back in the good ol’ days.
As hard as it might be to remember, there was a time before handheld internet access existed. Hell, there was a time when the internet didn’t exist at all! And ya know what?
People were SMARTER.
And that is why you’ll never see my daughter with her face glued to a screen.
I know I can’t deny her access to technology for her entire life, but I can guarantee you that when she’s 5 she won’t be using a tablet and she won’t have her own smart phone at the age of 10.