My boys' new favorite show is Survivorman on the Discovery channel.
We are generally pretty picky about what we let our boys watch. We don't watch Spongebob. We don't watch those dumb teenager comedies. I just don't feel like my young boys need to get caught up in shows about boyfriends and girlfriends and all that drama. I also don't want them thinking that is how life and relationships actually work. When they are a little bit older and able to distinguish between real life and drama meant for tv, then we'll revisit that genre of shows.
As for Spongebob and the like...
But then I stopped and wondered if letting them watch Suriviorman where I knew there might be a swear word thrown in here and there made me a hypocrite? I thought about it and decided that no, it would not! Or maybe it does and I just don't care. You want to know why? I'm glad you asked!
Because I would rather my kids be the kind of people who say OH SH*T when something scary or startling happens than to be the kind of people who call others stupid and idiots when they don't agree with them or think they have made a mistake in some way. I would rather them learn about surviving in a dessert and eating snake brains than watching two diva disney stars kiss while the audience ooooohhhhs. Does that make me crazy? Maybe.
Don't worry though, if you let your kids watch those other kinds of shows, I will not judge you. I might think "Oh sh*t you let your kids watch what?!" But I will never call you can idiot.
That would just be mean.