My kids watch too much TV.
It is one of the few things that Piper and I do not agree on when it comes to child rearing. He grew up with the TV always on in the background, I did not. We have found a way to deal with it; I let them watch more than I want and he doesn't argue with me when I finally do shut it off.
I didn't think it was possible, but I have found something even more irritating about the television than the incessant noise of Sponge Bob (that show gives me a headache) - the commercials. Or, more accurately my kids reactions to the commercials.
Oh sure, they do the obligatory "I want that" to the latest transformer type toy or junk cereal. They know that just about the only things I will ever say "yes" to are lego kits and sports stuff, but they do it anyway for fun. The thing that really bothers me though, is the reaction to Bratz or Barbie, or cheesy makeup kits, always pink and sparkly and puke-inducing. At least once a day I hear one of them say:
"That stuff's for girls...."
You heard the sneer in that, right?
I don't know exactly where this attitude is coming from, but I don't like it. I don't like the toys either but the segregation of children's playthings is a whole other rant I don't have time for today.
So my question is this: How do I approach this topic
without going all militant on their asses in a calm and thoughtful manner? They are 6 & 7, are they even able to think critically about what's coming out of their mouths?
I wonder too, if this is a real problem or if it's just that this whole Sarah Palin debacle has me more sensitive about the view and standing of women and girls in our society. I just find the whole thing very unsettling.