I have never liked Barney. Even before I was a mom, the sound of Barney and his rag-tag band of scarily cheerful children annoyed me. I always said that MY kids would never watch Barney. I am sure I am not alone in these feelings of dislike for the big purple dinosaur. But, today I was faced with a new cable system of which I am unfamiliar and a tot having a meltdown every time I tried to leave the room to put my makeup on. As we were pressed for time, I scanned the guide hastily and switched to the first children's programming I could find which, of course, happened to be "Barney and Friends" Lo and behold, Ben was soothed by the singing of a large green Triceratops and I was able to finish getting ready. Perhaps he will develop more discerning tastes in his later years. It's all about compromise anyway, right?
I should also add here that I recently happened upon some article about toddlers and television (yes, I need to stay away from Google) and was informed that toddlers should not watch more than 15 minutes of television a day. In the midst of patting myself on the back because we rarely turn the television on when Ben is in the room, I remembered that the television is my primary occupier when we are getting ready to go out somewhere. And that it takes me um, well, a bit longer than 15 minutes to get ready. In fact, probably closer to 45 minutes if we are including a shower in that process. Drat! There goes my "Mother of the Year" award. It's no wonder Ben can recognize Elmo so easily. Well, at least Sesame Street is educational, right? And, I guess if we are being fair, so is Barney. Educational yes, but still like nails on a chalkboard!