Up until quite recently, we’d managed to quite successfully avoid exposing Alexandra to much television. Not that I’m judging people who do, I just severely judge kids’ TV itself! She’d seen her fair share of films when she was a tiny and used to stay downstairs with us until we went to bed and also watched the first series of Man in the High Castle with us (never too early to teach them a bit about Nazis!) but as we don’t normally watch much TV until later in the evenings we hadn’t really had it on when she was awake once she slept in her own room.
Then we got to this stage where firstly I’m working from home during the day so there’s inevitably some time where she needs to amuse herself and secondly she’s worked out how to operate the TV! Hiding the remotes is no good as she then uses the buttons on the screen itself (I didn’t even know there were buttons on the screen!), trying to block the way to the TV with toys is no good because she then climbs over them to reach it.
This is a problem in two ways: one that our TV/stand is constantly covered in grubby handprints no matter how many times a week I clean it, the other that I’m then forced to listen to what she’s watching!
We don’t have it on that often but when we do I find myself getting overly worked up about how ridiculous it is. Today I saw a boy walking to the park with his granddad. Why is this television? The worst of it was they were walking holding hands and the camera clearly wanted to focus on the boy’s face so it was at an extremely awkward height for the granddad and us viewers were treated to plenty of crotch shots. Grim.
Topsy and Tim irritates me no end, mainly because of their names. Who has twins and calls one a ‘regular’ fairly common name like Tim then plucks Topsy out the air for the other one? Plus I really want to know what’s happened to their dad but don’t feel like there’s ever going to be a ‘the day mom found out dad was having it off with his secretary’ episode (correct me if I’m wrong, I haven’t watched any of the past episodes).
Then there’s some weird programme about a granddad who shrinks himself using a magic hat. Somehow their parents (who seem to think it’s fine to ‘pop’ out for the entirety of the episode even though granddad goes ‘for a nap’ leaving the children to fend for themselves) don’t notice a tiny version of the old bloke running around, flying toy planes etc. Even though the boy is talking to him for the whole time?
Don’t even get me started on the presenters – definitely all on drugs (allegedly. If I learned one thing from my journalism career, it’s add the word allegedly on to any claim you make!)
Harriet and Alexandra x