First I should probably explain that qubo is a TV station. It’s one of those random stations we picked up when we got the digital antenna. It plays cartoons all the time. Most of the cartoons are ok – not particularly educational, but not as annoying as some of the ones on Nickelodeon. The biggest problem with qubo is that all the commercials are those 90 second long infomercials for all those products you can only buy on TV. Things like Moon Sand, Snuggies and the Windshield Wonder. Brad, being a typical 4-year-old tends to think that anything he hears on TV must be true and therefore those products must be amazing and worth every penny. He asks to have every one for his birthday.
A few weeks ago Brad was trying to explain to me that we needed to get the “Touch and Brush” because it dispenses the perfect amount of toothpaste every time. I explained to Brad that that was just silly and that we were perfectly capable of dispensing our own toothpaste. A couple of days later I heard him screaming from the basement. Thinking something was wrong I went running downstairs just to have him say “See mom!! It’s the perfect amount every time.”
At that point I resolved not to let Brad watch anything but PBS kids. Unfortunately PBS kids isn’t on in the evening so that resolve only lasted a few weeks. Just yesterday we were making brownies and Brad told me we simply could not make them without the pan that cuts them into squares. He simply did not believe I could cut the brownies straight. I’ll be honest, my brownies were not quite that square, but they still tasted good.
Anyway – last night was the kicker. We were eating dinner and Brad announced that the next day would be a “Happy Mother’s Day” for me. He said he was going to be my big helper and get me something nice. I told him that would be great and would make me very happy. Then Brad said to Joe “What do you think we should get her?” Joe said “I don’t know Brad, what do you think?” and Brad proudly announced - “I think we should get her some Cash 4 Gold!”
I wish I didn’t let my kids watch TV at all, but I think we would all go nuts. At least I’ve recommitted to only letting him watch PBS kids…and maybe a dvd or two.