The other day I got called in for emergency babysitting duties. My friends' babysitter had pulled out on them at the last moment and they had tickets to the circus, so they needed someone to come and stay with Hayden, their two year old, while they went to watch people spinning around on ropes and doing frankly painful looking contortion tricks.
Of course, being the good pseudo Auntie that I am, I quickly agreed and trotted myself over there.
|Kids TV for the new generation?|
Then I made my first mistake. I asked a two year old what he wanted to watch.
I thought maybe he'd say Sesame Street, or wouldn't be able to make up his mind, but he was quite clear about his preferences. He wanted to watch either In The Night Garden, a hideous kids show with scary looking puppets and absolutely no educational value whatsoever, or Bold and the Beautiful.
Yeah, that's right, he wanted to watch a soap opera!
And it's not like he was just pointing it out because it was on the screen, oh no! He knew the names of the characters! In his words, he wanted to watch "Widge and Book" ... which I'm assuming is two-year-oldese for "Ridge and Brooke".
But as much as I adore that kid, I wasn't watching B&B for anyone, so In The Night Garden it would have to be.
|These would have terrified me|
as a child!
Have any of you ever watched that show? It's terrifying! The puppets are just creepy, and after watching an hour of it I can honestly say that they didn't actually DO anything! There was a lot of repeating of the creepy puppets' names, lots of watching the creepy puppets dance around or bop up and down, and then at the end of each one they actually had the audacity to do an animated summary of the episode, essentially forcing us to watch a whole lot of nothing all over again!
I suppose it must have something though, Hayden loved it. Even after the second episode he wanted to watch another one, but I don't think I could have stomached any more of that drivel so instead I whisked him off to bed.
Perhaps I should have let him watch B&B after all. At least that has a storyline, albeit a trite one. And not a freaky blue puppet in sight.