What television shows do you let your kids watch?

Before having children I think most people have this idea of all things we will never, ever, under any circumstances allow our children to do. One of which revolves around watching television and especially, how much time we will let them in engage in such a “passive activity.” I do let my son watch usually one 30-45 min. show per day, honestly, I need to get dinner started or to get some quick house chore accomplished and at this stage of the game it’s the only thing that entertains him long enough to remain in one general space. Either he watches television for 30 minutes or he’s climbing chairs, climbing the gate to try to climb the stairs, unplugging the plastic protectors from my outlet covers, trying to open cabinets, banging on the bathroom door so he can try to play in the toilet, or climbing up on the baseboard heater to look out our second story window. If I were independently wealthy enough to hire maids and cooks than of course this wouldn’t be an issue because I could potentially sit and play with him all day, but my reality is that no matter how many toys we try to entice him with, he is at the age where he plays for a few minutes before he’s curiously and unsafely reaping havoc in our living room.

So we’ve been through several show phases starting with the Backyardigans, The Wiggles, Sesame Street (Elmo’s World specifically) and now our “go to” guy of the month is Barney. Yes the hopping, leaping, goofy purple dinosaur, whose best friends are Baby Bop and BJ, and the dinosaur who has had all sorts of awful songs created about him. Let the innocence of childhood prevail because Gavin has no biases, he is just as happy to see Barney appear on television sometimes, as he is when my husband or I come home at the end of a work day. So I put on my educational hat and have rationalized why we continue to watch certain shows in our house. No matter what anyone says, these shows mostly involve real people or even animals that talk conversationally and have real personalities. They sing real songs, some which have been around for decades that we learned as a child and there is  some element of promoting real life skills by teaching letters, numbers, how to have manners and how to be a good friend.

I can say, Gavin is honestly learning from this show. He loves trying to imitate the hand gestures to familiar songs like the Itsy Bitsy Spider along with the show. Even more adorable is that he loves the song Barney sings at the end, “I love you, you love me, we’re a great big family, with a great big hug and a kiss from me to you, won’t you say you love me too.” Not only is he singing along, but he is giving these tremendous squeezes and wet sloppy smooches in the right spots, everytime. We sing it now before he goes to bed as part of our bedtime routine, which he emphatically requests multiple times over and again saying, “more YOU!” So Barney, right now I am forever indebted to you for how absolutely stinking adorable my little man is –every time we share this moment together.

In honor of our love for Barney we are giving away two DVD sets, the Barney Playdate Pack (3 DVD’s shown above) AND the Thomas the Train Playdate Pack (3 DVD’s)!

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  1. Thomas and Barney are actual favorites here, but the MOST beloved currently is Peep and the Big Wide World/Pocoyo.

    We were BIG “no tv” pre actually having kids. Thomas sort of broke the seal, if you will. The adoration for Thomas was so apparent and organic that we couldn’t help but let him indulge. That has lead to discovering other shows, because there’s only so much of the same thing mom and/or baby can take. LOL

    I know that lots of people say that kids don’t learn from tv, and I sort of *want* to believe that. Unfortunately, in reality, my son DOES learn from tv. He actually picks up alot even from seeing something one time, so I just try to make sure everything he watches is something that I don’t mind that he learns.

    When there is tv requests that are over the amount of time we want him to watch tv, we “turn on” Pandora’s Internet Radio via our Roku player that is hooked to our tv. It plays all kinds of kids music from Sesame Street to Ben Rudnick. They show the album covers when a new song comes on so it sort of tricks him to think he’s watching tv when instead he’s really just singing along as he plays.

    • Keriannot says:

      Thanks Kim! I’ll definitely have to check out Peep! Have you seen the display at the Children’s Museum, I think it’s the sand and water table room? Great idea about making sure it’s something that you don’t mind that he learns. I watched a few Disney movies recently and honestly though I love the humor, there are a lot of themes there I’m not too happy about teaching my almost 2 year old, even if they are subtle! Ditto on the Pandora! We use the Raffi channel and are huge Laurie Berkner fans!

  2. I know there are a lot of people that don’t like Barney, but my little guy loves him. We watch Barney everyday. I really believe that watching Barney has helped my son who has Down Syndrome learn songs, count, learn colors, shapes, social skills, but mostly it has really increased his vocabulary.

    We also watch Micky Mouse, Play With Me Sesame (anythign Elmo), Bob the Builder and Caillou.

    But he loves his music so we have CD’s with Barney, and Elmo that he loves to listen to.

    • Keriannot says:

      Caillou is a pretty popular guy with many of my friends kids! Glad you are Barney lovers, too!

  3. Adrienne Gordon says:

    We love watching the history channel. I also find Arthur to be good for socializing lessons.

  4. crystle tellerday says:

    nature shows

  5. We like to watch Signing Time on PBS… my son loves learning sign language, even if we don’t use it anymore (did when he was a baby).

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  7. Amanda B says:

    Dora the Explorer!

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  9. We watch a LOT of the Food Channel. I have always thought it is so important for both my sons and my daughters to love to cook and to know how!

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  13. Daniel M says:

    sesame street

  14. Jill Myrick says:

    My children love Barney. And I think that they are always learning something from him.
    Other shows that they like and learn from are Sid the Science Kid, Dora the Explorer and Bear in the Big Blue House.


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  17. sarah t says:

    my son loves watching all the nick jr shows that are pretty educational.

  18. Carolyn Ryan i says:

    We love Thomas.

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    I follow on Facebook.

  20. Erica C. says:

    I especially love shows that focus on following stories from books. Also, Barney and Dora are two very educational shows. I’m a newsletter subscriber :)

  21. april bever says:

    My daughter likes Barney, my youngest son likes Arthur, and my teenage son likes the Military Channel

  22. Maggie M says:

    My kids love Sid the Science Kid and most of the ones on PBS.

  23. Ed Nemmers says:

    “Sesame Street” and “Blue’s Clues”!


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