I’m completely prepared to get crucified for this but I’ve got a confession to make… I bloody love CBeebies!
I don’t love it solely for keeping my daughter quiet. In fact, half the time I find that I’m watching it and she’s crawled out of the room. (Don’t worry I’ve
almost always got my eye on her, just in case you’re worried.)
But since I started watching CBeebies a few months ago, I’ve become hooked.
In the mornings, I used to come downstairs, feed my daughter and watch trash TV (think Made in Chelsea) on E4. Once I was fully comatose with drama, I’d switch over so Moo could enjoy a few baby programmes.
But recently, I’ve found myself more and more excited to switch CBeebies on straight away so that we don’t miss our faves.
To be honest, aside from dancing to the tunes, my daughter doesn’t pay a huge amount of attention. In fact, she just wants to crawl around and have a play straight after breakfast.
I, on the other hand, will sit and do a bit of work (ha, yeah right!) while singing along to ‘Justin’s House’ and signing to ‘Something Special’.
It’s the perfect start to my day.
But what is it that I love so much about CBeebies?
I’ve discovered that there are some great things that us adults can learn from children’s TV. So grab a cuppa, stick the ‘Teletubbies’ on in the background and check out my list:
1) I learn something new every day
Whoever said that sticking a child in front of the TV doesn’t help them learn is wrong. Well, maybe don’t put them there forever. But I have probably learnt more about the world in the last few months of maternity leave than I have in a long time. Like a few basic signs in Makaton from Mr Tumble and a variety of funky facts courtesy of Ubercorn. Everyday is a new, learning adventure for the 27 year old me with my fave Cbeebies pals!
2) It celebrates diversity
One of the best things I’ve noticed while watching CBeebies is that it teaches me about different cultures and disabilities. No-where else on TV have I found that so many people are so broadly represented and it’s incredibly refreshing. For example, shows like Pablo and Melody help us understand how they approach the world around them – something I haven’t seen on trusty old E4 or any other adult channel.
3) It’s easy for my frazzled brain to keep up with
I’d like to think I’m working with it on in the background for my daughter. But we both know that isn’t the case. It’s just such easy viewing that I find I get lost in the simplicity of it all. With a cup of tea and a crumpet, I can idly watch CBeebies while giving my poor head a much-needed rest. In fact, (confession time) I have sometimes been known to switch it on after putting Moo down for a nap.
4) It teaches me how to play and communicate with my daughter
This sounds stupid. But stick with me.
Of course I know how to play with my daughter. I’m actually pretty good (if I do say so myself) at imaginative play as being the eldest, I was often dumped with all the babies of the family while growing up. At social occasions and the like – not as an illegal, underage child-minding business. But this has given me a great foundation for playtime. However, since watching absolute legends like Justin and Robert the robot, I’ve been picking up tips on how to engage with more enthusiasm. It’s great to see adults entertaining completely without self-consciousness. I often wonder if they ever turn up to work with a hangover. It’s got to be one of the hardest jobs to do when not feeling 100% (besides heart surgery).
5) The happiness is infectious
The minute she hears any of the opening credits from CBeebies, my daughter is dancing. And so am I. Because like it or not, everything you watch is doused in perpetual happiness. Everyone is smiling, laughing, high-fiving and celebrating life. I know it’s not realistic, but it’s the sort of ‘happy bubble’ I need to combat the rising sense of doom generated by the media. Sometimes, for a bit of balance, I scan the Daily Mail headlines before returning to my trusty episode of Bing! It’s pretty much the only thrill I can handle nowadays. Singing along to ‘Tinga Tinga’ with my beautiful bouncing baby, I know I’ve found my happy place. And that is where I’m determined to stay.
So haters gonna hate. But I can’t help it. I love CBeebies.
PS. I’m well aware that in another year or so I’ll probably be writing a post about how irritating I find CBeebies. I can’t imagine it, but I’m guessing parents with older children will give me that knowing look!
PPS. CBeebies have not asked or paid me to write this post (all donations welcome of course). I am literally writing it because I hoped there may be some other secret CBeebs-lovers out there to share my enthusiasm with.
Let me know in the comments if you’re a lover or a hater!