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Ryan’s Dad Reviews: Intro

At some point in time, no matter how anti-electronics you are, you're going to sit your child in front of a TV so you can clean the house or get some work done. I'm here to help you find what you'll tolerate.

Parenthood is a cruel, cruel mistress. It’s somehow rewarding while putting you through all kinds of stress and torture in order to meet said outcome.

Okay, I exaggerate, parenthood is fun, a lot of fun, but as you expect, it requires a lot of time, care and attention to do this thing right. That said, we ARE human and there are times where we can’t operate like superheroes by doing 15,000 things at once, everyone has their limit.

Before my Daughter was born, I had told myself “hey, okay, when it’s just you and her, you need to always have her engaged in something. Whether it’s reading, playing, talking and laughing, you need to be doing something with her, never put her in front of that TV.”

I was naive.

Pictured: a family that does not operate like mine(s)

There comes a time when your child is increasingly mobile and not just able to call for your attention, but to come GET you. This in and of itself is fine, but when you’re trying to do things like, oh, say, work (I work from home) or clean your house it can be a problem.  So you turn to Disney Jr. or Nicktoons or just something that will captivate their attention for 30 minutes while you scramble like a mad man to accomplish different tasks.

What I’m trying to do here is help you find some sensible programming. Not to be a television snob, but to save you and your sanity. You see, when your child finds certain programming he/she enjoys, they’re going to play it over and over and over and over and over and over and over and……you get the point.  The purpose of these reviews will be to showcase different children’s cartoons and apps, give you my opinion of them and how effective they are for my child, hopefully giving you insight to what it may be like for yours. It’s also to notify you of those things that they sneak into kids apps or programming that might not be appropriate for young kids (I’m going to do an entire Youtube Kids post, don’t you worry).

Each post will feature a specific show or app, my child’s experience, my experience and my recommendation on a five star scale. There will be humor, plenty of humor, use these posts during your 30-minute bathroom breaks you take just to have some peace and quiet.

So that said, I hope y’all will join me, be on the lookout for my first review coming soon.


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