The Kidling loves television. Just like every other child I know. Unlike every other child; however, her parents are cheap (that’s c.h.e.a.p. cheap; not the regular type). This means you can count the number of channels we get on two hands. Really. In fact, you can count the number of good channels we get on three fingers. This, of course, means that you can count the number of channels that Alice gets to watch on one finger.
Not that finger.
When a child gets to watch just one channel, that channel is inevitably PBS. Or, as Alice says, “PPS Kids.”
I have always thought we watched it for the programming. I know I am not the only parent who loves (loves!) Sid the Science Kid and Dinosaur Train. After this weekend, though, another benefit has emerged.
The Kidling, The Dada, and The Mama went mattress shopping this weekend. What does this have to do with PBS? Hold your horses. I’ll get to that. Since I am the lucky family member to have a seriously wacky back (my chiropractor calls it “artistic”), I had the honor of laying on all the beds while Alice and The Dada entertained themselves. Mattress shopping is not a quick endeavor. After six hours, we found ourselves at a store that sells Tempur-Pedic mattresses. Here, Alice and The Dada discovered a little area with a super-fancy, top-of-the-line, we-could-never-afford-it mattress and a television touting the benefits of the This Costs More Than Your Law School Loan Payment mattress.
I called Alice out to try out a few mattresses for herself. I didn’t get a straight answer on any of them, but my favorite response was, “This one is too hard. And too soft!”
So why are we sticking with PBS? When I told Alice she was finished trying out the (much cheaper) bed, she raced back to the corner with the fancy bed singing “Tem-puuuur-peeeee-diiiiic!” the whole way back. Then she told The Dada, “A bed should do more.” Yep. That’s their tag line. My kid is officially brainwashed.
This, dear readers, is why we watch public television. No commercials to mess with The Kidling’s perfectly wacky little head.