Bringing Barney Back

My kids don’t watch Barney anymore.

That’s mostly a good thing.

Sometimes,  though, I miss their little kid shows. I really loved Diego’s “Rescue Pack” song. I used to salsa around the house whenever that came on. If I wasn’t in the room, my kids would call for me, knowing I wouldn’t want to miss it.

Here’s what I especially miss — those shows, shows like Barney and Dora, Dragon Tales and Blue’s Clues, they had nice people in them. Or nice animals. Or accessories. Whatever. And they were even nice to the bad guys. They didn’t yell or scream or curse. They taught good lessons like share with your friends, use kind words, always carry a blow-up raft with you in case you’re caught in the terrible current of raging river rapids while looking for an endangered bird.

Why are shows like that only for little kids? Don’t older kids need those lessons? Teenagers? Adults?

Don’t you think this world would be a better place if Barney moved up with us? If there were a cute song all about how we shouldn’t yell at our brother just because he ate that candy bar we had been saving? An adorable Vera Bradley purse waltzing around and keeping us out of trouble? Some peep-toe pumps that led us to clues about where to go to college?

How much nicer would we be if we all walked around singing the “I love you” song? If we really were all a big, happy family. “With a great big hug and kiss from me to you”?

Maybe the solution to all the violence and anger in this world is simply because we leave the shows like Barney behind when we grow up.

With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you…

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