I don’t believe TV is evil. I don’t think kids watching a little too much TV every now and then is going to result in them being dysfunctional. Some days my kids watch hours of TV, others we don’t even switch it on. We do make them turn the TV off at around 17h00 every day so that they can calm down but other than that we don’t view TV as the enemy.
We do, however, encourage them to watch shows that teach them something rather than them sitting and watching absolute rubbish and let’s be honest, there are some really crappy shows on at the moment. I avoid those shows where the kids are just constantly mean to each other. It is done as humour but at the end of the day, they are just being mean to one another.
A few of our current favourites are:
Wild Kratts – this is Jack’s absolute favourite show. He learns so much from it and he watches the episodes over and over. If I am completely honest, I think he has learnt more from this show than he did last year in school.
Daniel Tigers Neighbourhood – I love Daniel the Tiger. This is such a sweet little show that covers a range of issues in a really sweet way.
Word Party – as an adult this show is a little annoying but it is very cute for little ones. Emma enjoys it and in each episode it teaches them something new.
Peppa Pig – I actually really like Peppa Pig and so does Emma. I do have a lot of questions about this show but it is actually very sweet and if anyone has watched it and is wondering – you can make big bubbles using a tennis racket -we have tried it.
If I were an animal – Jack found this show and it is one of our current favourites. In each episode the two kids pick an animal they want to be and then discuss that animal.
All of these shows are available on Netflix. Speaking of Netflix, it has a setting that allows you to set the age of your children and then it shows only shows that fall in that category which is great because it keeps out a lot of the nonsense.
Are your kids watching any of these shows?