Needing a Little Help

Housekeeping Notes:

If you are interested in my work outside of my blog, I will be returning to the Dr. Carol show on her Texas affiliate today at 4:30PM (EST).  You can tune into to listen.  For those who miss it- tough luck.  Just kidding, I will hopefully be able to link it to my blog.  The Texas affiliate is larger than her Nashville station in terms of reach so I must have done something right the first time.

Note 2:  I will also be interviewed on internet radio Wednesday at 7:00pm (EST) by The Writing Mama- VS Grenier.  Here is the link. I am greatly looking forward to both interviews.  Now, on with the post!

I was in the shower over the weekend when something occurred to me that made me shake my head in disbelief.  My seven year old child still watches PBS.  (I know it’s an uncomfortable visual- but I think a lot in the shower)  Please don’t get me wrong.  I like PBS and the quality of programming.  I even refer to them in the educational chapter of Tantrums, Troubles, and Treasures.  Regardless, it’s time to move on- right?

Move on to what though?  When I was a kid, there was a point I stopped watching Sesame Street.  When that happened, I occasionally watched some really great shows.  The Cosby show was outstanding for years, Different Strokes was a classic, and The Facts of Life even had its’ moments.  We could debate some controversial spots but overall, these were good family shows.  For parents a bit older, The Andy Griffith Show and  The Waltons were terrific as well.  So, here’s where I would like some help.  Can someone please tell me why family programming was destroyed and when can we expect a family sitcom (everyone can watch) to return?

It’s not that my child watches a lot of TV or I need the TV to be a glorified babysitter.  It’s that I’d like the chance to sit with my children watching a good sitcom like my mother did with me.  When I was a child, my household had only 4 channels to choose from.  Now, I have Directv and I still can’t find any family programming.  I’d be willing to bet that I am not alone in the dilemma.  I’d also bet there are thousands of families who would love to see a quality family show they could tune into weekly.

Now that the problem has been laid out, here’s where I could use some help.  I’m looking for some people (who think like I do) to pass this note of concern along.  My goal is for it to reach the hands of a network executive.  Please don’t laugh too much because I can tell you my blog has been viewed in all 50 states.  Furthermore, I have a lot of moms who read this blog weekly.  Do I need to say more?

Also, has anyone ever heard of the 6 degrees of separation?  It’s the premise that everyone on earth can be connected to each other in six steps or less.  Without going further, let me show you what I copied from Wikipedia on this matter.

Six degrees of separation refers to the idea that everyone is on average approximately six steps away from any other person on Earth, so that a chain of, “a friend of a friend” statements can be made, on average, to connect any two people in six steps or fewer. Though this is a commonly known concept, it is actually false. Because of the large amounts of social networking used nowadays, only three steps are needed, reducing the idea effectively to three degrees of separation.

How about that?  Three degrees or less is my separation on getting the answer straight “from the horse’s mouth.”  I sincerely hope, if you feel like I do, we can get an answer to this.  I have approximately 100 people who receive my blog via email, 350+ Facebook connections, and nearly 900 Twitter followers.   I’ll bet with a little help from social media, I will one day be able to print an answer for you guys.  Until then, it’s up to you as far as whether you’d like to help me (by passing this blog along) and to what degree.  Regardless of your decision, thanks for reading this and I will check in again Friday with another blog post.   All my best to you and your families!

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  1. Kristina E says:

    I'm so happy for you! How exciting to be on the radio. I'll def try to listen today. I have to agree with you on the TV problem. I love Modern Family – really is there anyone funnier than Phil? However most of the TV shows have the kids being fresh and always "seeming" so much smarter than their parents. I never find that funny.

  2. Karen Foster says:

    Great post! I will be sharing ;.)

  3. Christina says:

    I shared via Twitter and Facebook!

  4. Becky Jane says:

    Clicked every button you had to share this with all my friends, and posted a link to your site on Google+. In an effort to destroy the family, modern TV has done a great job at portraying what a family is NOT. We have reverted back to the old sitcoms. Leave it to Beaver is another great one!

  5. Shanan says:

    Congrats on the interviews!!

    I had not thought about the change in family programming. After Sesame Street and the like there is not a lot that is family friendly. I know some adults like Spongebob and the like, so watching shows like that with their children is probably fun. Not so for me.

  6. thanks for linking up with us!

  7. Lynn says:

    Stopping by from the Wonder Wednesday blog hop :)

    For my boys, Phineas and Ferb on the Disney Channels (Disney Junior, Disney XD) is a good fit. I love that it encourages the boys to be creative, have fun and solve problems while being active. There's nothing really too obscene or explicit which is so important when I'm letting the boys choose something to watch on tv. Family Game Night on The Hub is another one that we all sit down together and watch.

  8. I agree to a point, but I also think that we have the world, and the TV we ask for and allow. You are completly right, if we want to change it we have to be the ones to contact the networks and the advertisers. I know they listen. My sister has been in advertising for over 20 years. She has had to re-shoot commercials because of one or two letters.

    There are things I do like to watch with my kids. PBS and Nick Jr. being one. I also enjoy watching the re-runs of classic TV just like I did when I was a kid. Movies are something we really enjoy too! The classic movie channel TCM plays some great old musicals and classic and new classic movies. My family loves the Princess Bride, as one example, I also have spent a few nights hystercially laughing as my kids act out the scene "I got the horse right here" from the musical Guys and Dolls!! I'm also grateful for my dvr, and dvd player, all things my parents did not have when we were growing up. Thanks for calling moms to action, but I also think we have a ton of power by just wathcing and not wathcing what we feel is apporpriate! Thanks for letting me have my 2 cents!!

  9. Good for you for starting a movement! It's very true that once kids age out of toddler/young child programming there's not much redeeming value on television.