Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Noggin vs. Sprout

Being the mother of a four-year-old, I am intimately familiar with both Noggin and Sprout, "educational television" channels for the pre-school set. We were always Noggin people, The Son never watched Sprout, he didn't even know about Barney until he recently discovered Sprout. I still don't know how he even found it, I will probably have to blame The Husband for that one. The Son has now converted to the religion of "Sproutlet". I however have remained a devotee of the Church of  Noggin. Here's why...

Sprout has "Barney", "Bob the Builder", "Noddy", "Teletubbies", "Fifi and the Flower Tots" and various other annoying kids' shows. They do have "Caillou" (why is that poor kid named Caillou?)  and "Thomas" I like both of those and so does The Son but the good cannot outweigh the bad on this channel and WHAT THE HECK is up with that stupid Chicken Chica on the "Sunny Side Up Show? Now I know we don't say "stupid" in this family but come on...that kazoo voice is enough to make anyone want to barf up their bagel and coffee in the morning. Yet, The Son continues to LOVE IT!  (now if you watch "Dragon Tales," another horrible Sprout show, you know just how to say that) 

Onto Noggin...Noggin has "Wonder Pets", "Jack's Big Music Show", "The Backyardigans", "Oobi", "Oswald", and many other cool kids' shows. "Little Bill" is like the Philadelphia version of  "Caillou" and we love him. Yes, they also have "Lazy Town" and "Dora" but you can't win 'em all, can you? Zee and Moose A. Moose host the moments in between shows and although Zee doesn't  "talk in words" as The Son would say, at least his voice isn't an annoying kazoo sound, he just flutters quietly  along blinking now and again to acknowledge Moose. So much more pleasant than his rival Chica. 

Last but not least... Sprout has commercials! They are all commercials that would be fine for kids to see but if my Son tells me one more time that I need a Swivel Sweeper, Sonic Scrubber or Space Bags, I might lose it. I really might. 

Now I know I could turn the TV off, that would be the easiest thing to do and then no one would have to worry about commercials or kazoo voices or the cool kids vs. the dorky kids shows but then of course, I'd never get anything done around the house, nor would I have time to update this blog or post on my message boards and we all have to have priorities in life, right? That being said, we do plenty of things that don't involve TV like playing at the park or going out in the neighborhood or playing Play*Doh. (don't get me started on that one) Tomorrow we're going to plant some seeds that our realtor sent us a couple weeks ago, it's finally warm enough. The TV has to be on at some times during the day though, that's just the way it is. 

So to sum it all up, I'm going to have to begin the deprogramming of my "Sproutlet" Son and see if I can bring him back home to Noggin, If I don't do something soon, he'll be wanting to be just like Suri Cruise and become a Scientologist, things could get bad around here.  I know it can be done, wish me luck! 

27 comments:

Running To Stand Still said...

"LOVE IT!" LMAO. I could just hear that grating voice when I read that. I am so with you on this one. The only time I like Sprout is at night time when there is nothing else on. Plus you know I can't help but join in with the yoga bit ;)

tommyekatt said...

LOVE IT!!!

No really you should do what we do. Invest in a DVR and record only shows that we the adults can handle watching to. ROFLMAO!!!

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