What I’ve learned from Treehouse

  • 1st October 2012

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When I was a kid cartoon programming was reserved for Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings.   I would not have exactly called it “quality” kids programming either.  I mean the Sunday evening Disney shows were more or less appropriate but the Saturday morning cartoon extravaganza consisted mainly of a little man with a speech impediment trying to hunt down a rascally rabbit (wrong on so many levels) or an ongoing, violent feud between a seemingly flightless bird and a wild canine.  Now, well, it’s a completely different world.  There are entire TV stations dedicated to entertaining kids.  In our house its Treehouse TV.  My daughter is two and it is the one station that I can turn on and not be concerned about what sort of images or messages she is being exposed to.  There are only two shows on Treehouse that I prefer she doesn’t watch.  One is the Waybuloos and the other, believe it or not, is the Care Bears. I can’t stand all the baby talk on the Waybuloos and I don’t think anyone over the age of say six months should be exposed to it. As for the Care Bears, well that show can be down right scarey.  I think we’ve watched maybe 2 episodes and both times I had to turn it off because of the “scare” factor.  It’s certainly not the Care Bears that I remember years ago when my little brother watched it and I don’t quite understand why they need to inject fear into a kid’s show with the word “Care” in it.  Otherwise I’m a big fan of Treehouse. But this post isn’t really about a TV station, it’s about what valuable life lessons I have gleaned from those perky little animated creations that flitter across the screen.

What I've learned from Treehouse

Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

You do not need any sort of formal training or certification to become an animal rescuer. In fact, you don't even need a 6th grade education. Now I'm no expert on this matter but I'm pegging Diego's age to be about 10ish and he is a bona fide animal rescuer.
Kids love ambiguous rats. This is the magic of Toopy, the giant rodent that one day is a brave knight and the next day a lipstick wearing princess.
Give a girl a magical backpack and a boot wearing monkey and she can save the world, in 15 minutes, without any parental supervision.
Speaking of parents, why is it that all the other bunnies have some and Max and Ruby don't? Why don't they move in with Grandma? Why hasn't anyone called Social Services? I worry about those two.
In the Night Garden gets less and less creepy the more you watch it. Wine helps.
Sometimes I just wish Caillou would shut up. Seriously.
I know I've already mentioned it but it's worth repeating - Care Bears are scary.
If you think any of the cast of the Wiggles is cute you need to turn off the TV right this moment and get out of the house.
The Cat in the Hat really does know a lot about that.
Sesame Street has not lost its appeal (and I suspect it never will).
Once you get one of those ridiculous cartoon songs or jingles in your head you are stuck with it. Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble guppies.....

 


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  1. Ha! Oh my gosh! I love this post! 🙂 Kinda chuckling because I remember Saturday mornings being cartoon mornings for my brothers and me! Also, we got to watch two cartoons after school. TV has certainly changed in the way of programming. We had He-Man, G.I.Joe, Scooby Doo, Transformers, the Smurfs, etc. Now, cartoons seem to be actually age appropriate. 🙂

  2. Lol like Christine I watched all those same cartoons. Saturday mornings had a magical quality to them when I was a kid. There were also a lot of To Be Continued episodes that you just had to watch the following week. I loved Treehouse for my 4 kids, and we still watch it. 🙂

  3. Love this piece, really smart. Thanks for the laugh.So true, especially about the Wiggles…I permenantly have the "Toopy and Binou" jingle in my brain. For over one year, ah!!!Besos, SarahZookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo

  4. This was an awesome post!! I could do one like this about Disney Jr!! Oh and for the record, I still really dislike In the Night Garden.

  5. Ha! The only one of those I've seen is Cat in The Hat. We're regular watchers of Disney Junior here. 🙂

  6. Hahaha, this is hilarious! I have often wondered about these same things. The Max and Ruby one really gets me. My daughter loves that show so much, and every time it's on I wonder why the heck is Ruby always in charge or Max? Where are the parents??? Caillou- ugh! That is one show my kids are NOT allowed to watch. The kid is downright annoying, bratty, and his voice grates my nerves!

  7. lol I love this! all so true!! I actually ban the night garden too! I find it super creepy! lol

    • I tell you, it was one of the few things that would calm my screaming baby. That and a song Rachelle sang on Glee that I had recorded and had to play over and over and over again. She would screaming endlessly and the second I turned that song on (I can't even remember what the song was now) she stopped and stared until the moment the song was over. I couldn't rewind fast enough 🙁

  8. Sesame street is the best. I wonder when things in TV land changed and made kid programming 24/7?Really…it's not that good.

  9. I'm going to watch the Care Bears for myself now lol

  10. Heck, I'm with Mama Ash on this one.. I'm not sure kids programming 24/7 is a good thing. Kids TV shows make me grumpy. I'm really picky about what the girls watch and it's easy to veto because we stick to Netflix and DVDs. I can't stand In the Night Garden, for the same reason that you've vetoed Waybuloos… my daughter gives up speaking real English words whenever she watches that show. And yes, what the heck is up with Max and Ruby? The big one is watching the little one? Max gets into all kinds of mischief and never has any negative consequences.

    • I understand what you are saying Deanna. I'm not sure I understand why a kids channel needs to be on the air 24/7 either.Other than Treehouse we mostly stick to Netflix and DVDs as well. Her favorite Netflix show is Little Bear which is an absolutely awesome show for little kids!

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