(image from www.nickjr.com)
Who knew there was such riveting drama to be found in a preschool kids' TV show? Last month, Nickelodeon aired an episode of Ni Hao Kai Lan where Ho Ho the monkey loses his cool and hits Rintoo the tiger. I'd like to tell you that I made a point of making sure the kids saw it and learned the all important lesson about hitting (or make that not hitting), but the truth is, we saw it because, well, it happened to be on. No matter...I was happy we were able to catch it. So what did the kids take away from the episode?
SweetPea: "Momma, Ho Ho hit Rintoo!"
Me: "That's right sweetie, was that very nice?"
SweetPea: "NO Momma, it's not nice to hit."
She then starts singing the little "lesson ditty"..."Even when you're mad, hitting's always bad...use...your...words!" Since seeing it for the first time, she's asked many times to see it again (thank you DVR), then immediately after, I have the pleasure of reenacting the "fight scene" with her. Sometimes I get to be Rintoo and other times I get to be Ho Ho. Whoever gets to be Rintoo has to repeat, in the most shocked voice possible, "HO HO...you...you HIT me!" and then sing the song. It's all about the drama in our house!
Then...there was Lil Buddy's reaction. It went a little something like this...
Ho Ho gets mad
Lil Buddy giggles
Ho Ho gets really mad
Lil Buddy giggles more
Ho Ho goes postal and hits Rintoo
Lil Buddy laughs hysterically for the next two minutes
Oy vey. Being the ever responsible Mom, I tell him, "Bud, hitting isn't nice. It hurts." and he...giggles some more. Sadly, at two years old, seeing Ho Ho hitting Rintoo is no different for him than it was for me seeing Wile E Coyote get pummeled over and over again by Acme products gone wrong in the Looney Toons cartoons. I guess we'll be holding on to this episode for a while, for a time where he can appreciate the lesson a little better!
After seeing the show and knowing how Nick Jr likes to turn their show episodes into online games and activities, it got me thinking...maybe they could make "Ho Ho's Punch Out", you know, like the old Mike Tyson Nintendo game? Or...maybe not.