Back in my day (damn, I am getting old), I would be so excited for Saturday morning. I would get up early to watch cartoons on the three channels we were able to tune. Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes, Duck Tales, Captain N, GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Thundercats, Inspector Gadget, Rescue Rangers, Care Bears… oh man there was so much goodness. I would know what toys to buy in the stores. I would try to recreate cool gadgets I saw. I would pretend to be a Joe or He-Man. I would hum the theme songs. I am an 80’s kid, and I loved every second of these shows.
Times have changed as they always do. We are a cord-cutting family, and as such have no cable and really no TV service what-so-ever. We do Netflix and Amazon Prime and DVDs. In this an on-demand world that my boys are growing up in, I try to instill some of the awesomeness that was my childhood, for better or worse.
My boys wake up and are ready for weekend morning cartoons. It is not that we do both days, although that does happen from time to time, it’s that we can be flexible on which day we watch. We limit it to the weekends so that it remains a special thing that we can share and build memories. Another benefit of our on-demand world is we can be flexible with what we watch: old/new/unknown finds.
Some days we will just watch new stuff like Ninjago, Phineas and Ferb, and Go Diego Go. Some days we might go way old school with Popeye, Tom and Jerry, and Looney Tunes. Some days we do 80’s shows like Smurfs, TMNT, and Gummi Bears. Usually we mix it up. My boys have their favorites, but enjoy the whole range.
Even though we live in an age where all this is at our fingertips 24×7, we have built in a routine which maximizes our enjoyment while minimizing our exposure. The balance of old school with new hotness seems to work well for us. If you stay tuned to my articles you will probably catch that as a theme.