The Things We Do For Our Kids…

by Lori Dwyer on September 14, 2011 · 48 comments

Heya, I’ve blogged many times before about the way children’s TV has the inherent ability to drive parents absolutely insane.

Especially the Wiggles, bless their colored skivvies. I dream in Wiggle some nights.

But… the things we do for our kids. When I got a press release not long back stating that the first ever Little Charlie Bear DVD was being released in Australia on September 14th, I well and truly took the bait.

The Chop, at three and a half, adores this show. He sings the theme song. He sits, transfixed, watching Charley Bear (“No mum!! It’s Little Charley Bear!!” OK, kid….) tap dance and talk to the moon. And I can totally live this. There’s no annoying techno dance music, no hardcore issues. This is pleasant kids TV, pure and simple. And the narrator, James Cordon, just has a voice to die for- calming but expressive.

It’s not quite as addictive or cute as Small Potatoes- featured here at Glow’s place– but Charley Bear is a winner. I asked the Chop how many jellybeans he would give it on the RRSAHM-Ranking-Stuff Scale and he said…

“Mummy, I want to eat the jellybeans.”

Which is a fair call. So I’m giving Little Charley Bear at 4 out of 5 jellybeans on the RRSAHM-Ranking-Stuff-Scale.

And because I like to give stuff away…. I’ve got three packs featuring the new Charley Bear DVD and a gorgeous plush Charley Bear Fun Sounds toy. To win…

Leave a comment letting me know which kid’s TV show tortures you the most. 

Make sure you leave a valid email address with your comment. 

Aussie residents only, sorry OSer’s… 

Winners will be drawn at Random at 8pm on the 16th September, contacted by email and announced via RRSAHM’s Twitter and FaceBook account. 

Winners have 48 hours to respond to their winning email, or the prize will be redrawn.

Awesome saucesome. Your time starts… now.

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B. Hicks April 22, 2012 at 9:21 am

Wow, a lot of you seem to have anger issues to get so worked up over television shows and to swear about it as well. As for in the Night Garden, if you've ever read about the creators and how the show came about, it really doesn't require anyone to be on something to understand it. All the faces have big eyes and smiles which children love. The story ends with all the characters going to bed because so many children hate going to bed, so if they see the different characters doing it, they will realise it's a normal part of their day. Seriously, some of you need to chill out, or just turn the tv off.


Glowless @ Where’s My Glow September 17, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Ooh ooh potatoes….


Stephanie Gunn September 17, 2011 at 9:54 am

Where do I start?

I think I have to point the finger at Grandpa in my Pocket.

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Anonymous September 16, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Brooke satchwell ruins play school


Teegs September 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I really, really, really can't stand 'Little Princess'. Her voice sounds like fingernails being scratched down a blackboard and she spends the whole show whining :|
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Kel September 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Personally, Mickey Mouse Club House makes me want to run screaming in the opposite direction of the TV. I'll most likely get asassinated by the Disney Group, but Mickey's voice is the most annoying noise in the world. Like having a castrated mosquito in my ear. ARGH!
At the moment E loves lots of things, but hasn't shown any interest in Mickey Mouse and I will be forever grateful ;)


Bronwyn September 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Lazy Town give me the heebee jeebees. Thank god my kids hate it too.


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Anonymous September 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm

My kids are old now, But Monica Trapiga and her stupid talking fridge and bird used to send me around the twist. I swear it was an accident, I dint mean to loose it.


This Young Mumma September 16, 2011 at 11:21 am

Pingu has to be the most annoying show on the planet! I can't stand the gibberish.


Jessica September 16, 2011 at 9:06 am

In the Night Garden – my husband has a whole theory about what's going on there. The Pinky Ponk is a flying pub for starters – the Tombliboos get in there and drink too much Pinky Ponk juice then get a sore head and have to go home and sleep it off – what the?? As for Iggle Piggle and his inappropriate pelvic movements while kissing Upsy Daisy, there's some serious sub-text there.


Oscar’s Mum September 16, 2011 at 8:06 am

Oscar loves Little Charlie Bear. Gaspard and Lisa drives me nuts at the moment and it takes forever to get that song out of my head.


Caroline September 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm

great giveaway!
Miss K is not a huge tv watcher but seems to love angelina ballerina. guess it could b worse. like in the night garden or yo gabba gabba – they drive me nuts.


Anonymous September 16, 2011 at 12:40 am

Yo Gabba Gabba/In The Night Garden were created by people high on smack. ABC surprisingly ' finishes' when either of these shows come on, it's mind numbing CRAP!!

Thanks for doing another great giveaway Lori, you rock :)



Melissa September 15, 2011 at 11:31 pm

I think it was Teletubbies that annoyed me the most!


SarWah September 15, 2011 at 10:23 pm

High 5 are terrible. The original cast were fun
& watchable. These new ones are hopeless.


Mummy September 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Great giveaway!

Not the shrinking cap, Grandpa! Grandpa in my pocket drives me crazy!


dachlostar September 15, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Dora la exploradora. Why oh why must she always shout?


Amy xxoo September 15, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Ok – first of all, the kids show that annoys me most is that stupid bloody " Pororo ". Its about a penguin who lives with some kind of crocodile/dragon thing. But its one of those ones thats made in Korea so most of the names arent pronounceable and the lyrics to the annoying songs dont make much sense in English. Bah!
Secondly – my son loves Little Charley Bear and his middle name is Charlie and it just feels right, so please let us win!


Hope’s Mama September 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Think I'll have to agree with Grandpa in my Pocket!
My son is currently obsessed with Bananas in Pajamas. He's 21 months and really only just discovered the TV. I can live with the Bananas!


The Mummy Hat September 15, 2011 at 7:35 pm

In the night garden, which has the most bizarre stories that my little one enjoys! At least it works as her wind down before sleepy time!
Great giveaway, the little miss loves charley too!


Kel September 15, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Any kids show is great because it means I'm getting half an hour of peace and quiet!! I'd have to say though, 7 years of the Wiggles – as much as I love them – are quite enough!!


Anonymous September 15, 2011 at 6:37 pm

With a 12 and 10 yr old I lived my worst nightmare with hi five and my little pony!! Now I'm living the dream with a 2.5 yr old who loves Dora and the wiggles again!


guitarsoup September 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Well you know "Big Babies" is just about the best thing on TV so it's not all bad :-)


Cobbity September 15, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Pepper Pig really gets up my nose…. Have you heard the way that snorting swine speaks to her parents? And the way they try to appease her? Yuck! Bad modeling!

Cheers, Cobbity


Cassie September 15, 2011 at 4:52 pm

The Little Princess. Her voice just really gets on my nerves. I can normally tune the rest of the shows out but this one just grates on me.
Lily loves Charley Bear & has been addicted to In The Night Garden since she was about 6 months. Yes I'm a bad mum :)


Anonymous September 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Grandpa In My Pocket makes me want to rip my ears out! I have been known to run screaming from the room when it comes on…

Why does my son love it so much?



Chantel September 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I cant stand The Little Princess!!! Julian Clary narrating is not so bad, little princesses accent is grating! xx


ejay September 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I guess Teletubbies would be the one I dislike most…although in saying that, if any show makes my Grandchildren happy it's fine by me.


E September 15, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I think the *VERY* worst would have to be In the night garden.. I swear I've woken up screaming that I was stuck in the ninky-nonk with them! Still gives me shivers.. The creator of that show must have been smoking something!

Oh, and congrats on the new place. And in the spirit of the day… R U OK? I know I'm only a sometimes blog stalker but I've been through some things (nowhere near where you've had to walk though) and know sometimes a stranger's ear to yak (talk) into can be better than one you know so well.. so email if you want :-) *hugs* you're an inspiriation!

oh and emaily:
ericamealy 'at'


Sam-O September 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I can't stand ANY children's shows.

I refuse to have The Wiggles on in my house and there is definitely something wrong with the creators of In the Night Garden, luckily my kids agree with both of these being crap and I never have to hear or see them.


Caroline September 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I love small potatoes with their super cute english accents and sweet songs. I think my son does too but I watch it regardless. The Wot Wots drive me crazy – can't stand 'em. My 2yo son loves Fireman Sam the most – anything with a fire truck is a winner with him!


Mandi September 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Mister maker makes me want to scoop my eyes out with a spoon! The theme song from Gaspard & Lisa makes me want to scream!! And loathe Lazytown!! AGGGGHH!! thankfully this is my last of 4 kids to watch this stuff! Been going to Wiggles concerts since 1994 with my eldest, no problem with them at all though! :)


cate September 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm

my 2yo is just starting to watch tv (in fact, he's watching little einsteins right now)… I think I'd have to say any show that has been shown fifty million times before (like little einsteens – catch the bloody puzzle piece already!), although I reserve a special place in hell for dorothy the dinosaur.


Lauren September 15, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I can't win this – out of the area – but I can't stand Ruby and Max. I would take almost all of the others on continuous repeat if Ruby and Max would go away. The voices are like nails on a chalkboard to me! I keep trying to think of redeeming characteristics to this show but I can't find many,


Sarah September 15, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Yo Gabba Gabba springs to mind and sorry but small potatoes does my head in, thank fuck it only goes the length of one song, (which usually gets stuck in my head for the rest of the night)


DanielleQ September 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Oh yes, Grandpa in my Pocket is really very annoyingly stupid. My daughter likes Gaspard and Lisa, which I like the visual style of but I don't understand why are there are these two families of dogs when everyone else is human? Humans with pet dogs, as well, and the pet dogs look totally different?

I've never let my kids watch The Wiggles or High-5 because I am a horrible selfish mother. I've encourage Charlie and Lola, Olivia and The Octonauts, which they all like. My littlest is obsessed with The Little Einsteins.

The most annoying one for me is hard to pin down. In case you couldn't tell, LOL. Possibly Dora with the stupid map that repeats things fifty million times. But I haven't let my kids watch it in years, so maybe it doesn't do that anymore ;)


Frankie September 15, 2011 at 12:48 pm

(Why do I always have such trouble leaving comments!? Gah, Blogger!)

I agree with all of the above – the creators of In the Night Garden AND Yo Gabba Gabba were on some special kind of crack when they came up with that shit. Seriously. What the?!

The show that springs to mind for me, though, is Fireman Sam. For starters, stop trying to copy Postman Pat! The animation seems somehow amateurish to me, and the kids voices are like nails on a bloody chalkboard. Ugh.


Miss Mandy September 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Grandpa in my pocket, what the hell is with that! enough said.


inlovewithjimmygiggle September 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Uh oh! One of my fav topics to rave about…
I generally don't like children's shows that don't hold my kids attention.
I reserve a special place of dislike for Angelina Ballerina, Pororo, Bottle Top Bill (AAAAAND his best friend Corky), Dibo, and Nanigugu.
I don't understand why Grandpa In My Pocket wasn't called something like Grandpa's Magic Cap.
I think 'Yo Gabba Gabba' is fun. My boys don't like 'Lazy Town', but I think Robbie Rotten is hilarious.
I didn't used to like In The Night Garden, but hey, it provides us with 1/2hr of quiet time at the end of the day.

The End.


Shammy September 15, 2011 at 11:57 am

In the night garden drives me crazy! unfortunately I know the words and the names of the rediculous creatures! sharynnwilliams at hotmail dot com


Mich September 15, 2011 at 11:50 am

Miss 3 loves Little Charlie bear too.

But the one that shits me is that show Wurrawhy on channel 10. I mean Fat Cat and HUmphrey never used to be that lame. Did they?


Anonymous September 15, 2011 at 11:43 am

Dora grinds my nerves, Yo Gabba Gabba makes my skin crawl and In The Night Garden makes me want to scream. But my all time most despised has got to be Caillou (?spelling) oh my god the whine on that kid and for ages my 3.5 year old would follow suit. It's banned here lol

But Little Charley Bear is divine and both my kiddos LOVE him x
Chris Johnston


Sean Hannigan September 15, 2011 at 11:32 am

In The Night Garden.
I have no idea what sort of drugs the creators of that show are on…


rosewendy September 15, 2011 at 11:19 am

Yo Gabba Gabba. What is that? I can't watch and am happy to find alternative acivities so it can be turned off.


Tara @ Our Whirlwind Adventures September 15, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Fantastic giveaway.
My son loves Little Charley Bear!
He also loves Larry the Lawnmower which drives me mental at times!!
The worst show, that regardless of how many times I watch it, I still cannot stand, is Hilltop Hospital.
It is sexist, inappropriate garbage! GAH!


Shelley September 15, 2011 at 11:14 am

Great giveaway! My son loves it but Dora really gets on my goat with her high pitched voice. I have to leave the room when Dora is on.


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