On Fresh Beats and Jump Arounds and the parenting in between

Some of you might remember a little post I did back at the end of May about how annoying The Jump Arounds, aka The Fresh Beat Band, are.  Since then I’ve received several endorsements and complaints.  Today I laugh because I got another complaint on the post just this weekend. 

I’ve been meaning to write a post addressing all the people that are upset with me not enjoying a children’s show.  Lighten up.

At first I was excited that The Jump Arounds went off the air because I noticed a lot of people felt the same way I did.  The show was engineered around four non-sings, non-dancers.  The songs were so very annoying.  But then Nickelodeon made a name change to deal with all the negative responses.  The Fresh Beat Band was born, but it was the Exact. Same. Thing.  Nothing changed.  I bowed my head in defeat, realizing that there must be lots of other parents who allowed their kids to watch the show.  My main problem is still that the advertise ALL THE F-ING TIME!  They advertise more than Olivia or Ni Hao Kai-Lan, more than any other show in the Nick Jr.  line.  I wonder if they actually believe that we would start watching it if they played it enough.  If you play it, they will come.  Maybe it’s more sinister, and this is a plot to hold us ransom.  I’m sure I can raise a million to get them to stop advertising, but I would rather that money go to somewhere important like autism research or making sure no child goes hungry again.

The Husband is begging me to make this post into an anti-capitalism speech.  He believes that The Fresh Beat Band is a symptom of a much larger problem, the desire to hook children in a pop culture that demands their money, starves their soul.  You’ll have to forgive The Husband; he recently watched Michael Moore’s new movie so he’s a bit obsessed with anti-capitalism theme, which is ironic because he’s a small business owner and I remember when he read Ayn Rand.  Don’t worry.  He’ll swing back in the middle in a month or two.

While I agree with my husband, I’m totally fine with other parents letting their kids watch it.  I just won’t let my kids watch it.  That’s my choice.  I’m the parent.

I’m upset because so many people think they have the right to judge me on my parenting over one little post, over one little opinion about some silly kid show.  And yes, it is silly because it’s only about entertainment.  Just like The Office is a silly show.  Just like The Simpsons is a silly show.  Just like Desperate Housewives is a silly show.

It frustrates me that parents out there don’t think it’s their place to monitor their children’s television shows.  Are you kidding me?  We’re talking about preschoolers and toddlers, not teenagers.  We’re talking about the most impressionable years of a person’s life.  Are they going to tell me I’m a bad parent because I won’t let my son pick out his own sugar-filled cereal that was advertised to him?  Am I a bad parent because I didn’t buy the toy my son wanted in the store?  It’s my job to monitor him!

I’m sure we’re going to have talks over the video games, movies, music, clothes he likes and wants.  I’m sure I’m not going to like everything he likes. But you know what.  That battle is years away.  I’d like to keep it there.

I like having a place where parents can complain about random kid stuff that we don’t like because we parents are subjected to a lot of stuff we don’t like.  If you’re like me, you have quite a few toys loving relatives and friends gave your children, toys that make you want to roll your car over or, at the very least, make disappear one night, but we don’t because the kids LOVE them.  We subject ourselves to a lot of shows that have annoying characters.  I’m not a big fan of Elmo, but I deal because it’s Sesame Street.  I think Donald is a loser, but the boys love The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  Some days I wish Dora would just go away and not have such silly adventures (though I totally want a chocolate tree), but the boys are actually using Spanish that I obviously didn’t teach them.  I’m willing to eat a lot more vegetables because I’m setting a good example.  I’m willing to eat a lot more “kid food” if that means they’ll eat, especially if they eat the vegetable side dishes.  We’re willing to give up our television programming so that our kids watch something age-appropriate, and we’re willing to watch shows we don’t like because we don’t want our kids sold to by advertisers.  We do these things because we love our kids and want to be the best parents we can be.

But in the end, my opinion doesn’t matter.  I’m just a mom, living in Arizona, doing the best I can.  I get to be the loving, imperfect mom to two boys, and they are the ones who should care how I parent.  My opinion shouldn’t affect any you because you are the parents of other kids.  If I mess up, then I’ll just pull money out of the therapy fund for my kids.  And if you mess up, then hopefully you have a therapy fund.  Because I’ve learned one thing about this parenting business, we’re all doing the best we can with what we’ve got.  So don’t judge.

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16 Responses to “On Fresh Beats and Jump Arounds and the parenting in between”

  1. insider53 Says:

    It amazes me that people care so much about something so trivial as a kids tv show. Your opinion, which I share, has no effect on them so why harass you. Do you think they watch it or that they need it to babysit their kids, because it is cheap childcare.

  2. Ink Says:

    Fae, I had no idea that you had gotten 40+ responses to that. What drama. (Btw, the “That’s Lame” comment was by me. Yeah, I had your back.) All those people saying Hey, Just Keep It To Yourself and whatnot…do they not understand what blogging IS? My goodness.

    For what it’s worth, I agree. The Fresh Beats are annoying.

  3. beth aka confusedhomemaker Says:

    I don’t like them at all. There I said it, we watched them once & that was it. My kids could care less if they never watch it again. Most kids shows are developed as part of selling an endless host of consumer products that I’m not going to get my kids either. I also monitor what my kids watch, eat, wear, & who they play with. It’s called being a parent. Everyone does it as part of socializing our children, even if we don’t all do it the exact same way. Don’t apologize for your parenting choices or views Fae, you don’t need to.

  4. Mira Says:

    Amen Sister.

  5. TheKitchenWitch Says:

    Who are all those psycho commenters? Jeez!

  6. Coco Says:

    Good Lord.

    People – get a grip. Seriously. It’s a crappy kid’s show, not the meaning of life we’re debating here.

    Fae – if I were you, I’d just close comments on that post. These people are lunatics.

  7. ~Laura Says:

    People need to get a life if they care that much about tv. You are right. Your children, your rules. And no one on this earth can’t complain about Caillou…

  8. faemom Says:

    insider~ I have no idea. I just think people need to validate their choices, which often means attacking people who believe differently.
    Ink~ I love you. It’s like these people don’t get this is all about me.
    beth~ Well said! Thanks for the vote of confidence.
    Mira~ Thanks.
    TKW~ I’m assuming they need lives.
    Coco~ You’d think I was attacking their way of life. I thought of closing the comments, but I assumed people would stop caring eventually, and now it’s hilarious to find someone commenting on a post so old.
    ~Laura~ Do you ever have the feeling Caillou’s parents need to try a little more disciplining? I mean he’s four and still throwing on-the-floor-crying temper tantrums.

  9. parenting BY dummies Says:

    I’m so bad I don’t even know who they are! I monitor my kids’ shows and I don’t see what the big deal is (will be going to read the other post forthwith, but haven’t yet so if I say something obvious, stupid, or offensive, blame it on my lack of info and general ignorance, I’m fine with that). I don’t let them watch stuff that I think is stupid, annoying, or poorly animated. Just, you know, because I have standards. For example, we don’t watch Barney, the Teletubbies, or Blues Clues (those shows w/people and characters are all pretty lame, except for Hip Hop Harry, he’s dope). We also don’t watch Sponge Bob, because his voice drives me insane. And, I’ve recently taken away some crap like Pokemon and Bakugan b/c I’m ill with looking at those Japanese anime characters. Just me. Hate if you want, but get off my girl Fae, because she’s the bestes!

  10. faemom Says:

    pBd~ You rock my world. I really hate Sponge Bob, so they only watch it when my dad or brother turns it on at their house. Stupid, annoying Sponge Bob.

  11. joz1234 Says:

    I cannot stand Sponge Bob.

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  13. Dave K Says:

    The freshbeat band does suck. Im with you on that one! My 2 year old cant stand them so Im lucky lol I hope your husband comes around soon! He watched a movie about a guy who says capitalism is bad when the same guy is using capitalism to get rich. Good stuff.

  14. Jenny Says:

    you’re husband is ranting about Michael Moore’s new film about capitalism being the enemy…while Michael Moore soaks up all his newly earned MONEY the film made him.
    As for the fresh beats…yeah, they are not Oscar-worthy, but children don’t seem to care about it. I think the kids the show is intended for are not obsessed with hidden messages of capitalism and other “sinister” ideals. They just like to dance to catchy music…which is better than just sitting down and watching the average show that doesn’t incorporate music or physical activity. Music should be a part of every child’s life, in some way. It has saved many lives. I think the advertising in between shows on Nick Jr. is good, because it gives children an opportunity to get off their butts and dance before yet another episode of Dora the Explorer comes on. It is physical activity, it is music, it is not about instilling pop culture’s ideals into their little preschool brains (if we wanted that we would show them Hannah Montana).
    So just CHILL. everyone.
    And stop supporting Michael Moore’s lifestyle of the rich and famous.

  15. Rae Says:

    I think this is ridiculous and sad maybe if you watched the show you would see that its not just about the music its about sticking together and being a great friend and so many other things. Yes I agree that they do advertise it more than many of the other Nick Jr. shows but why not give Nick some music videos every now and then. Moose was the main one singing and now he is sharing the mic with them. As I type their song Glow for it is playing and my 3 year old is lovin’ it. How about you watch the show and watch your child as she or he gets up off of the sofa and dances instead of sitting there doing nothing.

  16. Rae Says:

    In addition people in the music industry make more money in a week than you probably do in a year. Music is for the person willing to put in the work and if your kid wants to do it you will forbid it?

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