What happened to the good ol TV shows? - Life is so full of tae!

Monday, April 1, 2013

What happened to the good ol TV shows?

As much as I want my 3-almost-4-year-old son to steer clear from the internet, TV, and other tech gadgets, sometimes I find myself the need to give in especially when I have to work my ass off. We never hired (and have no plans of hiring) a nanny for him. So I'm all hands-on to him while I help R make the ends meet. But I am so thankful that even though I work full time, I am still able to monitor all his activities; the games apps he plays, every normal and the not-so-normal things he does, and of course, the TV shows that he watch.

It's disappointing to see that TV shows nowadays are no longer child friendly. I remember when I was a child that I enjoyed these shows every morning:

Not to mention, those heartwarming cartoons: Princess Sarah, Cedie ang Munting Prinsipe, The Dog of Flanders, The Trapp Family Singers, etc... All packed with academic or valuable lessons. Sad to say, these shows are a thing of the past. The good-old-child-friendly-rated-g tv shows are now replaced with showbiz talk shows, korean dramas, and teleseryes. Seriously? In the morning (Saturday mornings even)? The time when most kids are at home? It seems like my favorite local tv station has changed their target audiences. Hmmm... Ratings? *Shakes head with the tsk-tsk sound*

I have to change channels to keep my son entertained. Only to find out that I'm asking myself, what's wrong with the kiddie shows nowadays? Kiddie shows and cartoons encouraging little viewers to misbehave, throw tantrums, make trouble or disobey parents? Parental Supervision you say? What if I'm not there to watch with him? And even though my eyes are on my son almost 24/7, there's still no way will I let him watch them. He's still too young to understand and can easily be influenced with what he sees on TV; and too young to fully grasp whatever guidance/advice I tell him.

Thankfully, there are still those very few other Disney Jr and Nick Jr shows and some Leapfrog DVDs that my son can enjoy and learn from it; and me, appeased, not having to worry whatever he sees. I wish our local TV networks can provide the same. It doesn't have to be awesomely CGI'd, just good shows that teach and instill values. Remember Batibot? Or at least they should bring back those educational TV shows that I enjoyed way back because they were much better.

Anyway, here's a glimpse of Rhett. When TV is not an option, at least he has something that can keep him entertained while I do some work trying to please clients in designing and developing their websites.
In fact, I am thankful for today's technology. I find it convenient that even though how busy I get with work, technology has a way to teach my son a few useful things. He learned all the alphabet including phonics sounds in his early terrible-two years and I owe it to Youtube and Leapfrog.

P.S. Don't get me wrong. He's not an all-techy kid, he gets a 2 hour playtime every afternoon (when the sun is not that hot) outside the house with the other kids on the block :)


  1. they're not totally gone actually, wansapanataym still shown in ABC

  2. Your kid is cute! On the topic, I agree. I think that good old TV shows are disappearing. So you might want to buy DVDs instead to make sure that your son is watching quality shows for children.

  3. Same dilemma. Less and less tv shows for kids these days. We are stuck on Disney Channel na! :/

  4. Yes. I used to watch them when I was younger. I think TV networks should bring back the good ol' TV shows!

  5. I feel for you. Ngayon parang most of the TV shows are just raking money and ratings. Sana there's a channel na pang kids lang talaga. Nakakamiss ang Princess Sara. Especially during the time when she was facing hardships in life. Something the kids of this generation must all learn.