Oh, this is such a tough one for me to write…Because, I was an extremely precocious child, and I used to watch more soap operas and fewer cartoons in my childhood. I know, I know, roll your eyes at me. But I was a veritable soap opera junkie in my childhood days.
That being said, I did watch some child-friendly shows too because after all, I was a child. And every child likes cartoons and Disney shows.
My absolute favourite as a child used to be Make Way for Noddy, based on Enid Blyton’s books. I used to live and die for it, no matter how many soap operas I watched. Noddy was a wonderful animated show for preschoolers and toddlers. I learnt a lot from this show because it offered many life-lessons about friendship, compassion, integrity and responsibility. Noddy is extremely kind, compassionate and helpful. He always helps his friends in need, even though sometimes, he may get more than he asked for. For example, when he volunteers to watch Bumpy Dog so Tessie can go away for the day, Noddy learns that there's a tremendous amount of responsibility involved in taking care of a dog. Both lessons -- that it's good to help, and that pets are a lot of work -- are worthwhile ones, and Noddy offers plenty more along the same lines.
The next show that I would love to bring back is Oswald. Oswald is in many ways, similar to Noddy. Oswald is a very gentle, friendly, smart, polite and big-hearted round blue octopus who is always willing to go out of his way to help his friends out. He’s sweet and kind, and children can learn a lot from the mistakes he makes and his virtues. The main message the show conveys is that friendship is the most important thing in life. There are also lessons about some serious issues like freedom, for example, when Oswald captures some fireflies in a jar but at the end, sets them free in the park because he realizes that the fireflies are going to be happy only when they can live their life as free beings.
Another show that I was addicted to in my childhood was Hannah Montana. I think a lot of young girls get where I come from. Hannah Montana, played by Miley Cyrus, was quite the pre-teen and teen idol in those years. Her dynamics and relationships with her father, brother and friends, as well as her inner conflicts and brief romantic entanglements made for a very entertaining show for children who were just entering that pre-teen stage. Yes, Miley Cyrus did transform into a completely different person later on, but the early few seasons of the show were very good and wholesome and had a positive impact on the kids.
Last, but not the least, comes the show with magic, mischief and lessons for young tweens – the very entertaining, and perfect for the creative young minds – Wizards of Waverly Place. This Disney sitcom is about three siblings with secret magical powers. Each episode offers positive messages about responsibility, honesty, and making good decisions, and characters learn from their mistakes. The show comprises of tweens and teens with woes that young viewers will easily relate to. While there's often some mild misbehaving of some sort going on, in the end, important lessons are learned and consequences are faced.
These four were my absolute favourite during my childhood, and I learnt a lot from them. I like to think they had a huge contribution in shaping up my personality and making me the person I am today. Sometimes, I really miss these shows and their simplicity and honesty. It was much better than all the emotionally taxing angst and drama and villainy that is portrayed in soaps. If I could, I would bring them back in a heartbeat. I recommend these shows to all the kids. There are some really important life-lessons and meaningful messages conveyed through these.
Title: A Way Back into Love
Author: Veronica Thatcher
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Notion Press
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