Last summer, I wrote a post called "10 Reasons Why I Love Nick Jr." Since then, Nick Jr. has made some awful changes and I just want to vent about them for a minute.
On my list, #10 was "There are songs and fun games instead of annoying toy and food commercials that leave my 2 year old saying "I want that!" Well, if you've seen Nick Jr. lately, there are toy commercials…and food commercials….and other kinds of commercials. Luckily, it's not as bad as Nickelodeon or Sprout or other kids' channels, but I feel like they're just easing them in. I get that TV networks need commercials to help pay the bills. But it just stings a little when we have always watched Nick Jr. and the lack of commercials was a big draw!
Number 5 on my list was "No adult innuendos!" which is still true for the actual show. I don't like other "kid's" cartoons because of the adult innuendos, so we don't watch them. Have you heard about Nick Mom though? Oy. That is a huge mess. They advertise for the "after the kids go to bed" shows during normal viewing hours. Nothing too bad, unless you count the picture of the woman's legs, or the alcohol drink shaker thingy (I don't know what it's called, but I certainly know what it's for!) Yes, let's just show this stuff in between the super awesome Nick Jr. shows. They're preschoolers, they'll never notice. Yeah, you haven't met my almost 4 year old if you're going to say that. He sees EVERYTHING.
And concerning this awful Nick Mom thing…..it comes on at 10 PM Eastern…..which is an okay time. But I know plenty of moms who don't send their kids to bed until after that. And also….that means 9 PM where we live….which my kid goes to bed at 9 or 9:30. But that ALSO means that it's at 8 MT time…..7 Pacific time, and so on. You get the idea. It's stuff that kids don't need to be watching. Hubby turned it on last night and honestly, it's stuff even we wouldn't watch. Bad words being bleeped out, risque, awful stuff. WHY, Nick Jr. WHYYYYYY?
The Captain has a sense of security that when he turns on Nick Jr., he'll find great programming for kids. Not trash. Not toy commericals. Not stuff we don't want him to watch. So….now what do we do? Rely on DVDs? Cancel our cable TV? I can't switch to any other channel because we don't like them and their commercials, either. What to do, what to do. We don't watch too much TV, but it's becoming where we can't watch any live TV and maybe that's ok, maybe that's where we should be headed. I felt good about showing Nick Jr. to my boys because the stuff the Captain has learned from their shows, like the word "dodecahedron," for instance….or the various music terms my kids have learned from "The Fresh Beat Band" and "Jack's Big Music Show." Sigh. I'm about to have to break our relationship with Nick Jr. and it's a very, very sad thing.
And by the way….what ever happened to Moose & Zee? Now THOSE were the good old days…..