If the title of this post gives you no idea what I’m talking about, you probably don’t have young kids. Either that or you’re living in a van down by the river.
Remember our Christmas in September post where we surprized the kids with a Thomas the Train table and all the fixin’s!?
Yes, it is still their favourite toy to play with.
No, that’s not the point of this post.
As part of the package, we received 17 VCR tapes documenting the trials and tribulations of the life and people on Sodor Island. To some it may be imaginery but to my kids, Sir Topham Hatt, Thomas and all his friends exist.
And that’s where the problem lies.
The kids are at an impressionable age. Since we don’t have tv or frequent toy stores with them, I hadn’t really had a chance to see it in action until now.
I was shocked.
I’m not sure if you’ve ever watched even one Thomas movie but the characters are mad in every.single.one. They’re also afraid of e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g, including wind and rain.
I’m all about encouraging my kids to feel. Fear and anger are real feelings. However, when your child tells you that they’re mad simply because Diesel was, it’s time to think about what your kids are watching.
The last straw was when Nanna and I heard one of the characters use the word “stupid”. I didn’t even bother to rewind to find out the context. To me, it doesn’t matter. If that word is fine to use with young children then what else is?
In turn, Sir Topham Hatt called an emergency meeting and told Thomas and his Friends about my disappointment.
Does this Surprize You?
P.S. This picture was not a set-up, it was one of Max’s creations.