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Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    I remember Sesame Street*, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, 3-2-1 Contact, Square One, and Mr. Wizard from when I was a kid.

    What I don’t remember is a lot of kid’s music. I don’t remember listening to people like Raffi. We always listened to my parent’s music. This was a lot of rock, jazz, and classical.

    There seems to be a divide in parenting philosophy about how much kids’ music to listen to and a lot of parents go for none seemingly. A friend of mine in the parenting crowd says that he is going to try and keep kid music at the lowest level possible. The rest of his friends are doing the same.

    I wonder what causes the split between those who are willing to go for Raffi and other kids music and those who say hell no.

    *They had a sketch called Miami Mice (after Miami Vice). I had a Miami Mice baseball hat when I was young.Report

    • Avatar Kim says:

      Is it just me thinking that the Beatles make appropriate kids music?
      Good lyricists, sure, but their music is plain and simple.Report

      • Avatar Saul DeGraw says:

        Yellow Submarine is essentially a children’s song and a lot of other stuff is pretty good for kids too.Report

  2. Avatar Vikram Bath says:

    Any advice on music?Report

  3. Avatar Richard Hershberger says:

    My kids are seven and five. I found that pretty much anyone on PBS Kids is solid. The educational value varies. None of it is terrible, and some is excellent. WordWorld is particularly underrated. I credit it for a lot of the older one being a fluent reader before entering kindergarten. She got the encouragement from the wife and me, and we read bedtime books and all that, but WordWorld was great for establishing phonics skills, which I think put her over the top.Report

  4. Avatar greginak says:

    My son like Barney when he was toddling. For the records Barney is as exciting as dry white toast for adults and exactly age appropriate and fun and good for young children. The fact that it is boring for adults has led people to think it is bad for kids, which says more about the adults.Report

    • Avatar Will Truman says:

      I didn’t know that people said it was bad for kids. I just know that they hated with a seething passion.

      I don’t hate MGC. Not like I hate Thomas the Tank Engine, anyway.

      I’ve never seen Barney, and my goal is to keep it that way.Report

      • Avatar Chris says:

        Zoboomafoo was my favorite, when my son was young. The only downside to it was that we had lemur stuff all over the house because he became obsessed with them.Report

      • Avatar greginak says:

        Oh people said it was bad for kids because it was so simple and unsophisticated. Barney hatred was a thing. A stupid thing but also a real thing.

        BooBah was psychedelic and sort of insane, but luckily i only had to experience that at a few of my clients houses.Report

        • Avatar Will Truman says:

          Oh, yes, those people.

          I mostly gauge by how responsive she is to something. She loves Animaniacs – as do I – but she sits back and watches. I figure anything that gets her pointing to stuff and saying stuff to the television is, at least at this stage, a real positive. (Comparatively speaking, in limited quantities.)Report

        • Avatar Saul DeGraw says:

          I thought people hated Barney because the “I Love You” song really grated on adult ears and so did the rest of it. Really talented people know how to create entertainment for children that adults can also appreciate. Stuff like this includes: Sesame Street, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, Miyazaki movies, some cartoons, most Pixar movies.

          Stuff like Barney seems to be loved by kids but also send adults up the wall….Report

          • Avatar Kim says:

            I’m thinking there’s a chance that kids will love anything.Report

            • Avatar Will Truman says:

              You might be surprised. Once the novelty wore off, Lain became very discriminating. Animaniacs and Tiny Toons yes, Darkwing Duck no. Sesame Street yes, Fraggle Rock only sort of.Report

          • Avatar greginak says:

            @saul-degraw The I Love You song is exactly what little kids like. Simple, happy and lovey. Completely age appropriate. It wasn’t made for adults which is what adults didn’t like. Mr Rogers was great but he also benefited from adults who loved him as a kid remembering how much they loved him. He was simple and happy and loving: that is what kids liked about him.

            Adults are to used to having kids shows with an adult undertone they can enjoy. I watched the Simpsons my son and niece and nephews. We all laughed at different things. That is fine and dandy but kids shows aimed at actual kids are fine also. If an adult is bored, then cope. If an adult can’t handle boredom for their little children then they are going to raise some kids who can’t handle being bored and except the world to always entertain them.Report

  5. Avatar DRS says:

    How about the Friendly Giant? Puppets and everything. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvMVQ_DgEJYReport