Bring Barney Back?
My children have graduated from PBS Kids, Nick Jr and Playhouse Disney.
That’s mostly a good thing. I’m sorry, but Caillou’s voice was SUPER annoying. And one can only answer Dora’s questions so many times.
Sometimes, though, I miss the 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.
But 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?
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.