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The Problem With Today’s Cartoons

I don’t know why we think on vacation our kids will magically sleep in till noon! Or 10. Or maybe 8?! 8 would be nice! But do they? Of course not. Because they exist to drive us parents crazy 😉 So here you are in your hotel room at 6am, longing for some Disney Jr. to turn on so the kids will be entertained and you can go back to sleep for maybe 10 minutes. But do they have Disney Jr.? No, they do not. They have Daniel the Tiger and Caillou. Freaking Caillou.

The Problem With Today's cartoons | Just One Mommy's Opinion

On vacation I noticed a weird, somewhat disturbing trend on the cartoons that were playing, apparently the message they want to send our kids is, “If you don’t get what you want, throw a temper tantrum! Yes, go ahead kids, stomp around, cross your arms, get angry and be disrespectful towards your parents!”

Quick disclaimer, these are my opinions and my opinions only. I am not trying to shame these cartoons or say how every episode is pure rubbish. I am also not saying you are a bad parent if your kid watches them. I have only seen a couple episodes of these shows and am commenting on THOSE episodes. Not the cartoons as a whole. So hear me out here..




As we sat down to eat, I heard Daniel the Tiger in the background. Normally I try to tune that crap out because once those jingles are in your head, they never come out! I bet you can sing the entire Sofia the First theme song right now, can’t you? So anyways, as I’m unintentionally listening I hear, “If you don’t get what you want, stomp three times to make yourself feel better!” in a fun whimsical tune. I stopped chewing, looked at my husband and said, “Wait, what did that cartoon just say?!” Of course at hotels, you can’t rewind. But that’s okay, because I guess they felt the need to repeat this exact phrase about 15 more times before the jingle stopped!

I sat there in disbelief. Even my son said, “what the heck? It’s telling kids to get mad!” I turned the channel immediately.

Here’s the issue I have, OBVIOUSLY telling our kids to get angry when they don’t get their way is WRONG. But the other issue I have is the sense of entitlement that these cartoons are telling our kids they should have. As if they are entitled to whatever toys they want, whatever food they want, etc… and if they don’t get it? Disrespect your parents!  I’m so confused as to how they thought this was a GOOD message?

I can assume the point they were PATHETICALLY trying to make was to tell kids, if you don’t get your way, try to calm down. Yet that’s not the message my son got. That’s definitely not the message I got. I saw a cute little Tiger cross his arms, make an angry face at his mom, and then proceed to stomp his feet. All while his mom kneeled down beside him and smiled. What the heck?

Am I crazy here? This is a horrible message! My children are not entitled to ANYTHING. And never will I let them assume that whenever they want something, they are going to get it. Never would I put up with my child throwing a temper tantrum when they didn’t get their way.

Even though I only mentioned Daniel the Tiger, Caillou has been another one of those shows that is just ridiculous (from the few episodes I’ve seen). That child is constantly whining, complaining, arguing, crossing his arms, and being defiant. And I’m kind of just shocked these are even on TV intended to teach children proper behavior. Boggles my mind.




There are plenty of other cartoons that are questionable too. Especially on cartoon network, which is a station we do not watch. But I think the reason this one stuck out was because these ones are aimed at preschoolers, 3 and 4 year olds. Not okay!

As parents, aren’t we supposed to show them right from wrong? To keep them in line? And to make sure they do not feel entitled to everything under the sun? At least that’s what I thought we were supposed to do.

Ephesians 6:1-3 Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this right. Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”

Raising our children to be individuals who treat others with respect and show gratitude is a must! God commands us to do so!

What are your thoughts? Do your kids watch these shows?

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9 Comments

  1. Jessica

    This episode was concerning and we won’t be watching it again however there are many many good episodes that after incredibly helpful for children to deal with various situations in life. I’m still a fan of Daniel Tiger but we’ll be skipping that particular one for a bit.

  2. Kate

    You’re not crazy, but you may be in denial. You don’t need a tv show to teach a child to be mad — they will do that whether you like it or not. The idea is to name and deal with emotions in a manageable way. Stomping three time in NOT a tantrum. It’s over in seconds, and the child is then able to take a deep breath and find a better way to act. It’s actually a developmentally appropriate way to deal with a basic human emotion. Feelings of anger and frustration that are not addressed can turn into tantrums (or worse: resentment, aggression, depression, anxiety) if they are not dealt with.

    1. 🙂 We obviously have a difference of opinions about what a tantrum is, and that is totally fine. It’s funny because I keep hearing “if they don’t let it out, it just bottles up into rage” While I do agree that there is a time and a place for a child to verbalize frustrations, stomping your feet (throwing a tantrum) is not the way to do that. I definitely believe that teaching a child to voice their concerns rather than get physical is a much better way of dealing with their issues. And the fact that a child would get anger bottled up that turned into range because of mom saying “no” to a toy, is somewhat disturbing to me. Why on earth would a child turn “rotten” because you say no to them once in a while? That does not make sense to me. But I try to teach my children what the Bible tells us to do about anger, “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”Proverbs 29:11. Obviously a lot of people do not teach their children the same things that my family does, and again that’s fine. But I don’t think I’m in denial about anything. I’m simply trying to raise my kids the way God would want. That’s all 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  3. Shante'

    Hallelujah! I found someone who agrees with me about this show. I about had a cow, a duck, and a horse when I saw that episode. Livid was definitely an understatement. I do not agree with a show teaching our children to be disrespectful.

  4. Nikki

    I just saw this episode of Daniel Tiger and thought oh my goodness am I the only one out there that thinks this is awful. So I googled it and came across your post. I appreciate you writing this and I am in agreement with you. We don’t watch much tv and this morning was a treat for my son. I guess the tv has to be turned off again.

  5. This post made me giggle. I understand completely where you are coming from. Todays childrens cartoons pose anger and sulking to get their way. Children do not know how to read behind the lines, or see the moral. they mimic the first thing they see. Thanks for the good read 🙂

    1. Exactly! Monkey see, monkey do right? Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Funny because I just saw a FB clip about the same thing. My son always watches Daniel Tiger. I’m usually in the room with him but always tune it out so I can’t even tell you what the show is about. After seeing the clip, my son won’t be watching it any more. I can’t believe they said to stomp when you don’t get what you want. Perhaps this explains why my 3 year old has been catching tantrums lately, which isn’t typical of him. Idk if Daniel Tiger is to blame, but he might have something to do with it.
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    1. Lol, our kids will throw tantrums occasionally regardless of what they watch, BUT having a cartoon actually TELL them to do it is just craziness.

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