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Tuesday, 18 March 2008

We decided not to turn on the TV for Rowan before she was 2. We fudged a little, but even so, she doesn't watch more than about 1 hour per week (at 2.5), and not usually at once (except if someone is sick). When she watches it is usually one of the Sesame Street vehicles or a little Canadian production called Four Square. We are fans of the long since cancelled Zoboomafoo.
We have dabbled in some of the others, but don't find much to merit the time invested watching.

So when we were offered a DVD of a new tv show to check out, I reluctantly took it home. Tonight we watched 'Fifi and the Flowertots', from the creators of Bob the Builder. With smashingly creative characters like Stingo and Slugsy (yes, a bee and a slug) and a main character who 'forgets' things like the word for um, water, and the uses her catchphrase 'Fiddly Flower Petals!' it was like nails on a chalkboard. Wet wool being rubbed between your teeth. And when they sang, off key about making a milkshake, and how having a milkshake will make everything better, you should have one every day AND it is the most fun you can have all day... I was speechless.

The worst part about it all was the assumption that we would just be all over it without question ~ both the website and sample disc make sure to tell parents that merchandise is coming SOON!
Toddlers are not stupid.
They are not little consumers.
Parents should not *be* stupid about television choices for their children.
But if Fifi taught me anything, it is that we are being much too stupid, much too often.
And milkshakes are good. Very good.
Too bad about that whole dairy allergy thing.
Fiddly flower petals indeed.

Don't even get me started on the Dora empire.


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