Daddy Pig

12/31/2014

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In my journey of motherhood, I sometimes look up kid shows I know about in the internet’s search engine in order to give my two-year-old son some good shows to watch. These would include shows like “Blues Clues” or simply videos of old-fashioned trains in England, for example.

One week, I thought I landed on something pretty cute, until I started to notice a theme. The cartoon I’m referring to is at first glance pleasant and even funny --- as I said, pretty cute. It’s called “Peppa Pig”. I really liked it, actually! There’s the big sister pig, Peppa, and her little brother, George, and then there is “Mummy Pig” (it’s a British show) and “Daddy Pig”. Everyone was interactive as a family, and they did educational and family things together, but the problem was that “Daddy Pig” was never too bright. Sure, they made others do silly things too, but no one was ever quite as stupid as Daddy Pig! After watching several shows, my husband and I saw that the cartoon was damaging to children’s views of their fathers and other men in their lives. Even the male doctor in one of the shows wasn’t completely with it. What was this going to teach my son about his father or even about himself? If I had a little girl, how would I have led her to view her father or other good men in her life? Always stupid, but mommy and other women are the only smart ones?

This simply isn’t fair to men -- or even true -- though society has been conditioned long enough with these thoughts, that they many may believe that this is true. Men and women do think differently in places, and prioritize things differently, but that’s one of the reasons it’s a beautiful thing when a man and woman make a life together and balance each other out. This is not to find the other one to be stupid, but to appreciate the differences and what each contributes to make the household run like teamwork (and let the challenges of disagreements build character in the couple). This is the way it’s supposed to be.

So, let me tell you what happened one evening: I came across a little book in my toddler’s book collection. Yep, you guessed it: It was “Peppa Pig”. So, I decided (was I bored?) to take a look at it. It was about the family going on a nature trail. Here is how the first page read [words in brackets are my thoughts on where this book is going] :

Peppa and her family are going for a walk on a nature trail.

Mummy Pig asks Daddy Pig not to forget the picnic basket.

“Oh, I won’t,” says Daddy Pig.

They head off along the trail with their map.

Oh dear! Daddy Pig has left the picnic basket in the car.

[Stupid Daddy.]

 

I continued to read about the family following bird and ant tracks until I got to the 8th page:

“I think it’s time for lunch,” says Mummy Pig.

[Mummy Pig has good ideas]

But Daddy Pig has left the picnic basket in the car!

[Of course he did! Stupid Daddy…]

“My map is wrong,” begins Daddy Pig,

[That too? Wow Daddy! You’re so stupid, you PICKED UP a stupid map!]

“We’ll have to follow our own footprints back to the car.”

[Okay, maybe Daddy has a good idea for once.]

(next page…)

Suddenly, it’s starts to rain. It washes everyone’s footprints away!

[Daddy fails again.]

 

Wow. I know what I’m going to do with THIS little book! Chuck it! I don’t need my son viewing himself, nor his father in this way.

If we want to build strong children who can think right, we will have to be diligent, even with the cartoons that they see. And when they do see things inappropriate as they grow up (as that is sure to happen too), we need to dialog with our children to help them to think whether what they heard and saw was correct or incorrect.

Parenting is a big job. It takes a lot of diligence and vigilance too.


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I am happy to announce that the "Mom's Share Page" is finally starting to receive stories --- stories and thoughts from real and down-to-earth moms that want to be a part of encouraging other mothers! I'm thrilled that you can read about mothers other than myself on this site so that you can get the kind of encouragement that you need here --- I know I cannot do it alone.

Four moms have sent me their stories so far. Two have been published this week, and two more will be published next week. You can send me your story too! Please write an interesting, well-written story of your motherhood experience, or a point-of-view that you learned from becoming a mother. Please note that I reserve the right to choose which articles will be published
. But don't let that discourage you! I do wish to consider your input! Grandmas are moms too, so please: All ages of writers welcome!

So, without further ado,
let me also present to you Sharon, and her struggles as a new mom to give her child....

Then, let me also present Susie and the story of her reading a pregnancy test and...

I hope you enjoy reading their work as much as I did!



 
 
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So it's finally here! I'm so excited to share with you, what has been in my head for awhile, but only now is being presented: A Cuppa Tea With Shawna Marie

Some of you may remember that I started to do something like this before, only it was with a pen name. I'm really glad it wasn't my real name then, because it seemed like it was good practice for the real show. Now I am going by my actual name, and I have a better idea of what it's supposed to look like, etc. I'm open to comments to help me to develop the best kind of show!

And what's it all about? It's about having some time that you can make a cup of tea, now and again, sit in your favorite comfortable chair, maybe even in your jammies and enjoy the show. Each "visit" will be about 15 to 20 minutes long --- just enough time to enjoy your tea (or coffee or cocoa) and sit still a little while. We ladies all need a break in our busy days
(the men folk do too, which I'm not minimizing, of course!). I hope this will become a new favorite to many! I hope you will come away inspired, again, and again, and again.

With that, I'd like to present to you the very first show, ask that you subscribe and share it with others, and may this be a momentous occasion that you are taking part in! I invite you to share in the comments, so that it is more like a visit with you too! Thanks for joining me!