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Too much for whom?

It’s been quite a busy week for us, and I can hardly believe it’s already Thursday AND Memorial Day Weekend is already here. Seriously, how did that happen?

I have plenty to share, but I have so much information to sift through before I do so. As many of you already know, we spent the day at PBS/WNET Channel thirteen yesterday; what a fun and informative day! I got to hang out with more NYC and NJ mom bloggers, many of whom I’ve been reading for years. But, the best part of the day was that I got to be a part of something so near and dear to us: learning even more about an educational tv show that promotes literacy.

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I used to think I was one of those parents that would outlaw “too much tv.”

Eh. Who was I kidding?

As much as I watch tv AND love to read and essentially be a geek, how could I be such a hypocrite? I’m immersed in every aspect of media because it’s the fiber of my being. Internet, magazines, tv, radio, books—all of it!

What I took away from the event was that like other moms, I’m not going to apologize anymore for allowing my kid to watch tv. Instead, I’ll continue to watch educational shows ALONG with him in moderation, in addition to cultural outings and activities, outdoor play and all that fun stuff. Life is too short to make limitations.

Media, in general, has come a long way since we were kids, there’s no doubt about that. What was pretty awesome was getting to understand the brains behind our favorite educational shows, because those same brains are other parents who grew up on shows of the 70s and 80s, just like you and me.

Parenting is tough enough without all that “research” reminding me that everything I’m doing is wrong. So, excuse me while we go watch another show before we go play outside.

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Not so sunny days over on Sesame Street

sesame streetAs sit here sipping my coffee while I check emails, like clockwork, between 8-9am, Jack sits next to me and watches his morning installment of Sesame Street to get his Elmo and Murray fix.  But as I read emails and headlines, this one caught my eye:  Recession forcing layoffs at Sesame Workshop.

Is nothing sacred anymore?

I guess this recession is so bad, it’s now going beyond Wall Street AND Main Street, it’s hitting fictitious streets–Sesame Street! That’s pretty bad.

Even though, like his friends and cousins, Jack’s toybox and book basket/shelves are filled with countless Big Bird/Grover/Cookie Monster AND Elmo-themed toys and books, apparently it’s still tough times for the nonprofit producer.  I imagine, in this economy, government agencies and companies that once donated to the Sesame Workshop in the past have scaled back.  On the bright side, since they’ve been filming since the 70s, I’m sure they’re not going to run out of their timeless episodes anytime soon.  Even if they do, I’m sure my 1.5 year old wouldn’t notice.

Today’s just not as sunny after hearing about layoffs over on Sesame Street.  All the news about the economic downturn tugs at my heart, but this news is especially sad!

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