Saturday, March 6, 2010

Never fear, Sesame Street is not immune to the down economy.

{Pretty sure this was the best day of her life.}

Sesame Street is the only TV Gia watches. I am confident that she finds exposure to other shows when at school, friends, grandparents and pretty much everywhere else. When she was two months old Ralph and I decided that a) she wouldn't watch TV until she was two (we made it to eighteen months) and b) that she would only watch Sesame Street.
This is really an illustration of picking your battles. Or just not really having an opinion. This was much more me than Ralph.
I chose this mainly because of my pediatrician. She was amazing. She had a daughter that was only a year older than Gia and I trusted her. I trusted her so much because when Gia was so sick she would call me at 8a on a Saturday and say, "I woke up at 2am and was thinking this is what it could be." Now that is a doctor. If you live in Ventura County, CA email me and I will give you her contact information. She is the best.
She let Mia (her daughter) watch one hour of tv a day and it was Sesame Street.
So, that was what I did. Because she always led me in the right direction and would have the "doctor" conversations with me and the "real mom" conversations with me.
I am extremely happy with our decision.
Gia never asks for things. Primarily because she is not exposed to any commercials. She knows so many letters and we have kept a consistent take over of our home with only Sesame Street.

(Side note: the whole princess thing drives me up the wall. CAN NOT STAND IT. Princess garb (Disney specifically) magically disappears in the T home.)
This morning Gia and I were watching Sesame Street (which was about princesses, weird) and the cute guy from Clueless Paul Rudd is the prince. Really it is showing that the girls are playing princess and do not need a prince to rescue them. Good.
Validation of my Sesame Street choice.
While in a pre coffee haze I noticed all of the FOR RENT signs littering Sesame Street. Then, I realized how they normally have extra people milling around to depict the hustle and bustle of the street the street was quiet. Only the girls and Paul Rudd (yum).

So I guess not even Sesame Street can escape this economy. Which makes me really sad.

1 comment:

I am Trish Marie said...

Nickolodeon is the devil. Hate their programs. Hate their commercials. HATE. HATE. We do allow Disney. My personal favorites are Handy Manny and Wizards of Waverly Place (Kenny teases me that I have a crush on Selena Gomez. Kenny...for real? She is 16. But she is super cute, and I hope my kids grow up to be just like her. Ha!).

I am no longer super strict about TV, but my kids are not huge TV watchers (probably because they are not used to relying on it). They watch TV in the morning during breakfast, which equates to about fifteen minutes. They also get a snack/TV time right before bed. Emmi will actually watch TV, but generaly I find Jill listening to music or singing or reading or coloring or something she is not supposed to be doing but thinks she can get away with because I think she is watching TV!!