My son loves to travel. He likes car activities, gets excited about homemade trail mix and hotels are the best thing ever. Except for the television. He hates hotel television: Mommy never knows the channels, there are commercials and he can't request shows to watch. I tried telling him that hotel TV is the way all television used to be. He doesn't believe me, but I tell him anyway.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 20, 2015 at 6:37am — No Comments
I know a lot of sitcoms from the 1980s: The Cosby Show, Growing Pains, Webster, Small Wonder, Whose the Boss?, My Two Dads, Diff'rent Strokes, Family Ties, The Wonder Years...there are a lot of them. Their theme songs get stuck in my head sometimes and I can recall a fair amount of the plot lines. I can also recall that they were fun for the whole family…Continue
Hi. I'm Lauren. And I know nothing about television.
Let me explain: Sometimes when I talk to other parents, they will tell me about the shows they or their children watch. And I have NO IDEA what they are talking about. I watch TV, but evidently, I don't watch what they are watching. I try to remember the…
Added by Lauren Markman on November 3, 2014 at 6:27am — No Comments
I was always an early riser - even when I was little. I would get up early on Saturdays, creep downstairs with a blanket and watch Saturday morning cartoons until Soul Train came on and ended all my fun. At some point, my brother would come downstairs, too. We would spend several hours watching classics like Thundercats, Looney Toons and…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on July 11, 2014 at 6:44am — No Comments
My son and I are in the grocery store, and the nice man bagging our groceries sees my son's Batman-logo t-shirt.Continue
Whenever I think I am focused on a project at work or chore around the house, there is a soundtrack playing in my head. The soundtrack used to be my favorite songs or the last song I heard playing on the radio. As a parent, this playlist has been replaced with children's songs and most of them come from Sesame Street.…
Added by Lauren Markman on January 6, 2014 at 6:59am — No Comments
I can hear myself now: "When I was little, television shows only came on during a certain time, so you had to make sure you were home in time to watch it. There was no way to pause the program either, so you had to time your bathroom breaks and snack runs during the commercials."…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on December 23, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
I woke up the other morning with a song stuck in my head. That's not unusual for me. But it was a song from my childhood that my brother and I used to sing all the time. I'd repeat the lyrics here, but at this point in the story, they wouldn't make sense.
So, naturally, I texted my brother the lyrics (so they could get stuck in his head, too) and he…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on November 22, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments
I didn’t get a chance to watch the VMA award shows on T.V. a few nights ago but I have seen clips of Miley Cyrus’s big performance. As a mom, I am outraged and feel as if this type of content shouldn’t be on prime time television. After all, many families…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on August 28, 2013 at 5:51pm — No Comments
Earlier in the week I found myself reading and relating to this blog post over at The Young Mommy Life. Big T works in IT and so is practically glued to his laptop, I am an undiagnosed Facebook addict. I have an iPhone and face time my family almost every day. We use the Xbox to webcam with my mother in law and to…Continue
Added by Melissa Lawrence on April 12, 2013 at 10:46am — No Comments
It started innocently enough. We were scraping the bottom of what Netflix had to offer and I had some free time during naps. As embarrassed as I am to admit it, that innocent journey into the world of Korean dramedy has led to an almost 20 hour a week obsession. Apparently, it's my new part-time job. Just imagine what I could be getting done with that time...…Continue
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I was invited back on my local news last week to discuss our federally-funded airwaves (we own them), and the Supreme Court's decision to allow anything to be aired.
Translation: Anything could go. From the F-bomb to genitalia to violent sex crimes as early as 11 AM, the Supreme Court could rule in the network's favor.
Added by Watchdog Mom on January 16, 2012 at 11:16am — No Comments
Channel One News is a 'school-safe' news channel which informs teens on current world events and pop culture. It's free to schools, which means it's funded by a lot (LOT) of advertising. Earlier today I posed as an interested parent wanting to get Channel One in my school district. The reps at Channel One were very helpful, and informed me that they have many new things coming, including an interactive model geared towards grades as young…
Added by Crystal on October 11, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments
When I was little I watched shows like Star Trek, The Brady Bunch, The Partridge Family, and Happy Days. With the exception of flying through space at warp speed, and a family band touring on a psychedelic bus, these shows were about normal families, doing normal…Continue
Added by Lanita Moss on September 28, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments
When someone thinks of feminism, I'm sure Playboy immediately comes to mind. Forget birth control, suffrage, and equal pay; true liberation is found in deep cleavage and nude centerfolds. Right?
NBC is bringing this glitter to the public airwaves as part of their Fall 2011 lineup. The polemic is that the show will demoralize women by casting them in a meaty light. But NBC prez …
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Last night, my husband and I caught about three minutes of the show "Toddlers and Tiaras." There was a pretty little girl in a lot of make up, smiling and standing before a crowd, her mother proudly looking on with tears in her eyes.
"When I'm in my make up," the little girl said, "I feel pretty."
And she looked pretty. I certainly wasn't scandalized. It looked like any other mother / daughter activity to me.
The next shot was a teaser for the next segment, in…
Added by Darlena Cunha on February 24, 2011 at 10:52am — No Comments
As a former television news producer, this clip of Kermit the Frog, reporter, never fails to crack me up. In it, he is at the scene of breaking news - an ongoing, live accident scene. Humpty Dumpty has fallen off the wall.
The kids love it because it's a nursery rhyme they know mixed in with with intense imagery, so that they are both familar with…
Added by Darlena Cunha on February 14, 2011 at 11:21am — No Comments