I didn’t realise it until we arrived back in the UK to a cornucopia of kids tv channels, none of which I wanted DD to watch, but I now I’m certain – I’m a retro Mum.
Despite years saying that I’d never do this or that thing that my own parents did, I’ve become more old fashioned than they ever were. And nowhere is this more obvious to me than the choice of television that DD has for her limited viewing pleasure. Feast your eyes on this selection of golden oldies:
- Bod (obviously)
- Mister Benn
- Camberwick Green, Trumpton & Chigley (collectively known as Trumptonshire)
- Paddington Bear
- Play School (sadly this one isn’t available on DVD but we watched the Aussie version in China)
The thing is, I like the simplicity of these children’s classics. There’s nothing I need to explain and the moral lessons are clear (although quite how Mister Benn manages to be at home in his suit all day without ever seeming to go to work isn’t entirely clear). Even the more modern offerings that she watches – Wiggles, Maisy and Teletubbies – are still quite ancient in toddler years.
Is DD missing out? Are there current children’s programmes that you like your toddler to watch? Enlighten me guys, I’m in danger of slipping back into the 1970s forever…
Images: wikipedia.com & bbc.co.uk