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The Kids Aren’t Alright

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I was listening to Mary Poppins post-workout yesterday. The point is not that I’m 22 and listen to Julie Andrews to cool down.  The point is that kids are given crappy movie-watching choices these days.  Or maybe there are movies as good as Mary Poppins with songs of the same quality (i.e. Wall-e,) but there is an uneven distribution of the majority of songs being crap in the childrens’ song market.  Disney Channel, I’m looking at you.  Why are you unraveling all of your years of good work with Hannah Montana and Cody and Zach and whatevs.   Parents, what say you? I don’t know anything.  I’m just groovin’ to Mary P. This song gives me goosebumps.

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  1. Thank God I can’t comment on new stuff because we don’t have a TV. Which means my kids are happy to watch good old Russian cartoons and The Sound of Music on DVD many, many times!

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  2. Sadly parents today would rather play Guitar Hero with their kids than read to them. These same parents are ignorant of classic kiddie songs from decades (not to mention centuries) past.

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  3. Oh, don’t get me started on this one…

    Trying to summarise: parents can teach their kids to surf & explore the massive range of stuff out there worth watching, be discriminating & constructively critical, uncover their own tastes and passions, and start learning how to find their way through the haystack that is media today!!

    Put another way- the crap rises to the surface but most adults worth talking to don’t watch daytime TV all day, and most kids go through crap TV in temporary phases while also pursuing more worthwhile information at the same time.

    parent tip: throw a range of cool stuff at the kids constantly (your favourite old film clips on youtube, etc). Eventually the whole family hits each other with new discoveries all the time- way to go! :-)

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