Monday, March 16, 2009

It's not just me!

I'll have you know that it's not just me that finds it unnecessary for my 7 year-old daughter to watch a 'wholesome' TV show about a boy-crazy 15 year old girl. Yes, I'm talking about Hannah Montana.

It's been on a few times when she's gone to her Brownie troop meeting (a fact that I'm not very pleased with) but they have never watched it here at our house. I've watched the show several times myself and I do think that it's a pretty tame show (especially when compared to DeGrassi or The Secret Life of the American Teenager). I've also watched The Witches of Waverly Place which is another pretty tame show. I actually enjoy watching both shows, Hannah & Witches. But you know what? THEY ARE ABOUT TEENAGE GIRLS AND MY DAUGHTER IS NOT A TEENAGER!!!! She's not even CLOSE to being a teenager! She's a little kid and as such I will do my best to provide her with viewing material that helps to preserve her innocence, instead of encouraging the boy-crazy, status-seeking, adult-disrespecting, teen-rebellion mentality perpetuated by these TV shows.
My daughter likes Care Bears, Pokemon, Jane & the Dragon, Miss Spider's Sunny Patch, The Backyardigans, Sid the Science Kid, Wow Wow Wubzy, and such. Shows about kindness and consideration and compassion and honor and adventure and imagination and truth and friendship - these are the things I want my children to learn from television. And I'm NOT the only one!


Anonymous said...

You're definitely not the only one! Our daughter is 7, and she doesn't watch Hannah Montana either. ('Course, some of the 'kiddie' shows are really lame as well. There are some I NEVER want to hear the theme song again)

The irony I see is everyone is trying to look younger, but society asks our kids to grow up faster. Oy...

First time I'm reading your site, and this post grabbed me. I like that. I'll be back!

Karen said...

You're absolutely not the only one! My girls' aunt likes to put on shows like Spongebob and Hannah Montana for my 4 and 2 1/2 year olds, and I've taught them to tell her, "Aunt Tracy, this show is not age appropriate for me."