We're pretty careful about what we let The May Queen watch on television, and she's only been to one movie in the movie theatre (Veggie Tales. She hated it). Right now her favorite shows to watch are geared for younger kids. The day she figures out that "Noggin: It's like Preschool on TV" is meant for preschool kids and she's "too old" is the day we're in trouble.
She really hasn't had a strong desire to watch programs that are geared for older kids. She will unabashedly say "I'm not allowed to watch Spongebob" when with friends, and has even said it about programs we've never specifically said anything about. "That's too old for me," she'll say.
But she's beginning to notice that her friends are watching and talking about shows she doesn't watch, and recently she's said things like "Maybe when I'm six I can watch Hannah Montana." I know that most of the kids in her class watched this show, and were singing songs from it. So I decided to record an episode of Hannah Montana and take a peak for myself.
Yikes! My child will not be watching that show any time soon. Okay, maybe the show isn't exactly "Evil" as my title suggests, however... In the episode I watched the two siblings fought the whole time, and then snuck out of the house when their father grounded them. Sure, the point was made that they are siblings, and in the end, they really care about each other. But a much stronger point is made consistently throughout the half hour program, and that is that putting someone else down is FUNNY! Other great lessons included: sarcasm is the best way to make your point; underwear is funny; if you disobey your parent your punishment will be singing a silly song! The show was full of words like "loser" and "stupid" and phrases like "I hate you!" I don't allow those things to be spoken in my home, and I'm certainly not going to allow my child to watch a show that uses them as humor. My guess would be that this show is geared more towards tweens, although even then I question what a crappy example the show is setting. Under no circumstances should elementary school children be watching it! (I almost want to say "Sorry if I'm offending you and you let your children watch it" but I can't say that. Turn that program off. Now. Please. ) It sickens me that they are promoting this show for young kids. 3 year old children at the preschool where I work have come in wearing Hannah Montana clothing. THREE YEARS OLD!! If you're making clothes that fit a 3 year old with the Hannah Montana name on it, you're promoting it to preschool children.
And here's the rub: what television shows are out there for elementary children? What does a child graduate to after Dora and Little Einsteins (which The May Queen still loves, along with Max and Ruby and Pooh and Little Bill). What can she watch that will address where she is developmentally, helping her with the problems she'll face socially and enforcing the skills she's learning at school? Why are there SO MANY decent programs for preschool children, and a seeming dearth of options for young elementary students?
What do you let your elementary kids watch?
Before we had The May Queen we talked about getting rid of our television all together. Obviously we haven't gone that route. But, as I said, we do limit what and how much television The May Queen watches. This is going to be harder as she gets older and sees things at friends houses that we'd rather she doesn't. And it's going to be hard to keep saying no to something that it seems all of her peers are watching. But say no I will. I just wish I had some alternatives to offer.
I didn't mean to leave you hanging about my audition, but welcome to my life. Just today I learned, as I had suspected, that they will be holding another round of auditions on June 7th. I mentioned that there were surprisingly few people at the audition, and so I thought this would be likely. This doesn't mean I won't get the part, as they haven't cast any roles yet from that first audition. It means they want to look at more options for all the parts first. And then they will likely have callbacks, to see people they liked again and see how they play off of each other. So it will be at least another week and a half before I know anything more. Trust me, if I get the part, I'll let you all know!