Kids can be so much fun sometimes. I forget why, but tonight I showed my two younger kids that old “Dancing Baby” video that was so popular in the late 90’s. They thought it was very funny. After we watched it, I saw a link to an Evian commercial with rollerskating babies, so we watched that, too. My kids thought THAT one was completely hilarious. They laughed like crazy. My son ran to get my oldest so she could watch the videos, too. (I love it when one of the kids thinks to include his/her siblings like that.)
It was a pretty funny commercial, I have to admit. It feels strange to say so, because I usually hate it when someone asks me if I’ve seen so-and-so commercial, or tells me I’ve got to see some commercial ’cause it’s so funny. I mean, it’s just advertising, right? They’re just trying to get your money. Don’t play along. Also, we don’t watch TV at our house (we have a TV, but we just use it for movies) so I’ve almost NEVER seen whatever commercial someone’s telling me about.
Ahem. Anyway, back to my kids – something else I love so much about having kids is that everything’s new to them. Every internet meme you’ve seen a thousand times, every well-worn movie trope, every old joke, every song that sounds just like the last one… they’ve never experienced it before. They don’t find it boring or predictable. And as a mom, I get to watch my kids see all this stuff for the first time. I mean, how cool is it to be a kid and have the world be new and fresh?
Sometimes I have to bite my tongue when we’re watching a movie and it’s oh-so-obvious what’s going to happen. If something’s a surprise to them, I try to let it be a surprise. My husband and I have shared some knowing grins when the kids are shocked by a cliche storyline. Having said that, I also want them to think critically about things, and so as they get older I will point out the cliches and the overused plots. I will tell them about all the writers and musicians who are lazy and keep reusing the same old tropes or song arrangements or whatever. I will encourage them to recognize good literature and movies and music. I will encourage them to not accept whatever bland crap is pushed in front of them.
Well, we’ve moved from dancing babies to thinking critically about media. That’s pretty much the end of my thought process here. Until next time…