Let me begin by saying that before I became a mom, I vowed to never, ever allow my kids to watch TV. But then, I became a mom and had a baby within 20 months of having another baby and, well, things changed.
Now we watch TV. We don’t watch TV as much as when I brought my second child home from the hospital and didn’t have a break between breastfeeding and changing diapers and breastfeeding and changing diapers, but we still do watch TV.
Our favorite channel? Why, Nick Jr. Of course.
I know (or knew) the Nick Jr schedule line-up like the back of my right hand. Literally. I knew that when my girls woke up at 7:30 am, I could get a 5-minute shower while they watched Little Bear. I knew that I could eat dinner at 5:40 pm while my toddler caught the end of her favorite show, The Backyardigans.
I knew this until a couple of weeks ago when Nick Jr. decided to change their regular schedule line-up.
And I, like many moms and dads who’ve been Facebook-protesting the changes made by Nick Jr, am kind of annoyed with their changes. I’m kind of annoyed that many of the older series are completely gone from the network, series like Toot & Puddle (though I hated that show), Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Kids, Oswald (yeah, I hated that show, too), Jack’s Big Music Show, Franklin and Friends (the 90s version) and The Upside Down Show. In place of these shows, Nick Jr has added a weird-looking 3d version of Franklin and Friends, a new show called Mike the Night, and has focused on playing its more popular shows, Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!, Team Umizoomi, and The Bubble Guppies during daylight hours. Older series like Little Bear, Yo Gabba Gabba, and Little Bill have been pushed into later time slots. Booo!
Along with the schedule switch up, another big change to the channel (you’ll need to be sitting for this) are that the beloved Moose and Zee are gone! Gone!
I know. I almost cried when I learned about this news. The tagline of Nick Jr. has also changed from “It’s Like Preschool on TV” to “The Smart Place to Play.”
These changes have left a lot of parents kind of upset. Don’t believe me and need a laugh at our very real first world problems? Check out Nick Jr.’s facebook page wall. Scroll down to the post on the schedule/tagline change. Just as a little taste, one commentator wrote, “LISTEN TO THE PARENTS AND CHILDREN. BRING BACK MOOSE AND ZEE NOW!” I know! We parents are serious!
Nick Jr. has defended its scheduling changes by emphasizing that their goals are to focus more on educating toddlers and preschoolers. In their words:
“Nick Jr. now offers an even more playful and engaging environment for your preschooler with an even deeper focus on education–because we understand that kids learn best when they’re having fun.”
So, yeah, I guess you can’t hate them for their goals, but I guess as a parent and secret fan of Nick Jr., the changes will take me some time to get used to.
What are your thoughts on Nick Jrs changed schedule line-up/tagline?