Thursday, April 2, 2009

Continuing my rant...

Yesterday I mentioned that I was feeling like kids today grow up too fast and are exposed to too much unnecessary information too early. The Son is a very observant little boy and he hears everything and asks all kinds of questions. I try to answer him as honestly as possible as often as I can but I really try to limit the kinds of things he sees and hears so that he can continue to stay young and innocent with appropriate language for a five-year-old.

That brings me to my next concern...Comcast Cable's "On Demand" feature. I LOVE "On Demand." There are lots of wonderful kids shows that my son enjoys watching. He is also a really big fan of many of the Animal Planet shows and he will watch them and learn so much. We often follow up with our own research on various "extreme," "weird" or "freaky" animals that he learns about and it's great. What's not so great is the previews Comcast shows as you are trying to choose the program your child wants to watch. There's shooting, violence, cursing and potty humor that is just not humorous at all. I haven't contacted the cable company yet to see if there's any way to turn off the previews (you know there won't be) but I do want to at least express a concern that it's inappropriate.

One final thing that's pretty funny and just proves that I have to really watch what The Son hears is our conversation in the car on the way home from work last night. I was listening to my classic rock station and The Steve Miller Band's song "The Joker" was on.

"I'm a joker, I'm a smoker, I'm a midnight toker."

The Son: (singing along) "I'm a joker, I'm a smoker, I'm a midnight... talker? Talker Momma? Is that what they say?

Me: (thinking) Ummmm, yep! That's it...midnight talker!

Sorry... just can't explain "toker" to my kid just yet. Have a great day everyone!


Darlene said...

We don't have the cable's on demand feature so I don't know about that but I have tears rolling down my face I am laughing so hard about the song. Lexi thinks they say I'm a midnight Ogre (like Shrek)....I am cracking up so hard I can barely type!!! There are actually quite a few songs that she has asked if what she is singing are the right words and yep, right now, we let her think those ARE the right words. Great post! Hope you have a great Thursday also!

Cathy said...