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May 27, 2014

Kali Davies-Anderson: Today’s toddler TV is muy bueno — and very good, too!

NEW CASTLE — When I was a child I remember watching two shows.

I believe I watched a show about a giant, but friendly, blue monster and a show about Gummi Bears fending off Ogres.

Other than that, I can only vaguely recall bits and pieces of my adolescent television experience.

In today’s world, however, there is a plethora of television shows to choose from, and most impressive, in my opinion, are the ones for toddlers.

Yesterday, on our way to a family birthday party, my 2-year-old proclaimed, “I want to go on holiday, mama!”

Ummmmmm?????

That’s right, she wants to go “on holiday,” which, for those of you that may be unfamiliar with this term, essentially means “on vacation.”

But, not typically phrased this way in the U.S.

Thank you to the Nick Jr. show ‘Peppa Pig.’

Last week, my daughter was counting in the kitchen and as a joke I asked her to count in Spanish.

Much to my surprise she spouted off, “Uno, dos, tres …”

WHATTTT????

Oh, DORA, right.

And upon posting these encounters with my child on Facebook, I have discovered that it is not an unusual occurrence.

Toddlers and infants all over the United States are being exposed to different cultures through television shows.

Sure, there are other (and some would argue, better) ways to teach a child about the U.K., or how to count in other languages, but these shows are interesting and colorful and children gravitate toward them.

Sure, there is such a thing as too much of everything, and I do not encourage parents to sit their children in front of the TV and hope for the best.

However, as a mother of two young children and a four-story home, I find it comforting to know that these shows are assisting me in teaching my child about the world around her.

So often I hear parents bashing the use of television with children.

To each his own.

But, one thing I DO know: the shows that I select for my children to watch have guided both of them to learn words from other languages and comprehend them, helped them learn to count, aided in the teaching of shapes and colors, and subliminally addressed issues like bullying, fighting and sharing.

So, from a busy mom of two babies, I say THANKS to those that have created these educational programs.

Or should I say, Gracias?

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