It has happened.
After watching some of the latest offerings on Nick Jr and Boomerang, and after one too many SpongeBob related meltdowns by Huck, Knute and I have banned SpongeBob Squarepants and a couple of other fantastic shows (Flapjack, Chowder) from our house.
Huck, for his part, has been completely obedient about this. Faced with losing TV privledges altogether, he wisely concluded that resistance would be futile.
We've always monitored what the kids watch, including some of the tweenbop shows that Becky likes. We talk about moments that look iffy (ie: unkindness, the redonkulous clothing and makeup some tweens and teens wear on TV) but for the most part have let them watch what they choose.
Of course, until the past year or so, they chose PBS or Noggin. While they are still happy to watch some "younger" shows with their little brother Tom, they've grown up a bit.
But SpongeBob and his endless emotional roller coasters have created an example for Huck that neither Knute or I like. While life is full of emotions that peak and ebb, part of maturing and growing up is learning to find your way back to an emotional balance. SpongeBob doesn't model that at all.
And the other shows? Chowder and Flapjack? Holy cow, talk about rudeness served up as entertainment. No thanks, not for us.
So there you have it; I have succumbed to censorship and you know what?
It feels like the right thing to do.
Do you have shows that are simply not allowed at your home, too?
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