I have three boys. I live in a world of Thomas the Tank Engine, balls, bats, golf clubs, water guns, Nerf guns, ping-pong ball guns, laser guns, guns made of Legos, Legos, guns made of Tinker Toys, Tinker Toys, guns made of Lincoln Logs, Lincoln Logs, Bionicles, Transformers, Power Rangers and the guns that accompany them.

Things are pretty rough and tumble around here. At all times at least 2/3 boys are engaged is some sort of combat--hand to hand or mental warfare. There is kicking, throwing and punching.

At any given time there is a pick up game of hide-and-seek available. Treasure maps are made and treasure lost and treasure found. Elaborate "traps" are made to be triggered by brothers, girls (that has to be said with disdain) or the ultimate bottom of the food chain...babies.

Who are the Disney Princesses? Couldn't name them.

Where are the Barbie shoes? Not in my vacuum.

Mommy can you paint my nails? No!

Last night we visited the land of Princesses, Barbie shoes and manicures. We went to dinner at a dear friend's house who has three girls the same ages as the boys. We get together with them frequently and the kids have discovered Switzerland in the back yard. There is common ground. Cease fires are negotiated. Treaties signed. Boy-Girl world peace achieved.

After eating and playing their hearts out, there was a request to watch TV. Behavior had been stellar and the wish granted. At their house TV takes on a whole different meaning. No Transformers, Thomas, low-budget construction movies or Monster Truck rallies are represented. Instead they all settled down in front of Hannah Montana.

When it was time to leave Ryan (7) was in a trance. Mesmerized by this strange new world. Once distracted from this mysterious new experience he realized his error. When asked if he liked Hannah Montana, his response was a manly, "no way!" But the seed had been planted...

This morning, as every morning for the last 4 years, the TV turned on automatically at 6:30 to TLC (they show PBS kids shows in the morning). Sounds of Wilbur's "moo, moo, moo" filled the house...

Along with an uprising.

An uprising?

Ryan stood and declared Wilbur and all TLC morning shows immature. Too immature for him. Those shows are for...babies *shudder*.

Let me get this straight. ONE exposure to Hannah Montana and suddenly he has reached the maturity level of a pre-teen girl.

Lord have mercy on me if he catches wind of the Cheetah girls...

53 comments:

Louise said...

This is hilarious. And scary. I don't let my GIRLS watch Hannah Montana. (But they know every detail about it from friends. And they have probably watched it at friends' houses.)

We have some friends who are similar, but with boys the same age as our girls. (Except they kept having kids, so only two directly correlate.) When we get together--no matter at whose house--the girls turn to boy play. They don't do guns, but swords are a big one. And the favorite it to pretend they are cheetahs. Clawing, scratching, hissing cheetahs. (You're right, Lord have mercy if they find out about Cheetah Girls!) After we leave their company, my girls play "cheetah" all day every day for at least a week. It tapers off, but they still do it on their own.

spinning in our own direction said...

uh oh.. next thing you know he will have a girl friend. EEEKK.. we too have unfortantly been exposed to the world of HM. Landry responded by ripping the head of the HM barbie. We have also had the big shake down on that show is too baby.. Thank God for the monster Truck show on TLC and magic school bus..

Jennifer said...

lol!!

gotta love how kids reason things. :) that is too cute!

i know i will probably get boo-ed here, but i kind of enjoy watching Hannah Montana she is pretty funny. ;)

i like the TLC channel for the kids, but Trevor has been requesting sponge bob quite a bit lately.. and i'm not having that. :P the show is so annoying to me! ugh!! we stick w/ more educational shows and sometimes so of the Nick shows, like Hannah Montana... but only rarely.

have a good day!!

xoxoxoxo

Suzie said...

Oh my I thinks its all down hill from here

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

If you don't mind, I would appreciate it if he would watch Hannah Montana on Saturday mornings. I ALWAYS miss the last ten minutes and it makes me cRaZy. I can't TiVo it since that would open me up to husband mocking, but I would really like to know if the mean girl ended up embarassing herself singing with Hannah.

A Mom Two Boys said...

Ooohhhh...at least he didn't as to watch Hannah Montana.

And the maturity level of a pre teen girl is scary. VERY scary.

Colleen said...

Oh funny...I hear ya about the guns. I cleaned out the toy box the other day...I'm afraid my kids are getting ready to stage a coup!

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

Welcome to my world Holly :)
I try to steer away from the Hanna shows because she is so sassy (actually all the kids on the Disney shows are sassy). Cheetah girls aren't too addictive--you have truly arrived after Ryan has watched High School Musical. There is no turning back after HSM. Would you like to borrow my copy?!

InTheFastLane said...

I think someone has the hots for Hannah! Don't let him get a hold of that Vanity Faire issue.

Oh, and I hear you on the combat issues.

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

Being in a house of 2 boys with 3 boy cousins on one side and 2 boy cousins on the other side, I, too know of your regular life.

I would not know what to make of a newfound proclomation that shows are too babyish to watch anymore.

However, in my house, PBS and Nick Jr. shows ceased to find airtime when the boys discovered Spongebob and the fact that Spongebob seems to be on some channel at some point in the day AT ALL TIMES.

KEEP BELIEVING

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

I have managed to keep my kids away from Hannah Montana but I'm not sure how much longer it will last! I'm going keep trying though!

Ranch Mommy said...

We have three girls, the oldest is nine and squirms through the toddler programs. She has introduced our 4 year old daughter to HM, so there is a constant battle on what we're going to watch, so when it gets to that point, I turn the TV off and tell them to find something else to do.

So there.............Ha Ha!

laughingatchaos said...

My boys caught one episode of HM and I think it scared all of us. They haven't asked to watch it again, though the oldest does know which songs are hers. Sigh...

Elizabeth said...

Swords and guns are good.
Afriend gave the girls a Hannah Montanna poster which they LOVE, but they are not allowed to watch the show. Smart-aleky-ness is not welcome in my house!
Blessings, E

Rachael said...

You know, I think common ground on the cartoon preference is a BIG part of why Katya (8) and Ben (4) are getting along so well these two weeks without Kristen and Jack home. They both love Dora and Diego and Backyardigans. Jack has recently decided those shows are for BABIES and refuses to watch.

Our kids are big into the superhero stuff. I have long argued that TMNT, Justice League, etc. are ridiculously violent, but comic book crazy daddy thinks it's all "just fine!" and I'm picking my battles. But, if anyone breaks out in hand-to-hand combat, I'm washing my hands of the whole bit, it is HIS fault.

The Mom said...

Just don't let him get a hold of those recent shots of Miley with her BACK exposed!

Courtney said...

All I can say is heeheeheehee and good luck!

Jennifer H said...

Quick--steer them toward Drake & Josh! Now!

We crossed over to the Hannah Montana dark side a while ago, but then she stopped watching it, on her own. She still likes her music, though.

Save yourself while you still can!

Queen Mommy said...

There is truly NO escape...

Mylhibug said...

I remember hearing a Miley Cyrus tune on the radio (dam Sirius Hits One), and thought wow that's catchy, I wonder if my girls had ever heard of it.

Note: We don't get the Disney channel(shocker!), so I was not aware of whom I was listening to.

So, I have Maggie - the 5 year old, listen to the song. She can't read the artist's name on my iTunes, but immediately (imagine naming that tune in one note), immediately goes; "That's Miley Cyrus"

Huh? How do you know that? Well, it turns out that Santa gave the girls her album - I guess Santa knows best. Now the girls will watch tv on the computer (ain't technology grand) and they are watching, you guessed it: Hannah Montana.

One (okay, maybe two) last thing, before this turns into a blog post itself. Did you know that Miley Cyrus was in High School Musical 2? Yep, in the background of the last big song by the pool. Wearing a green dress/shirt thing. The other thing (told you it would be two) is her dad is Billy Ray Cyrus - yes THAT Billy Ray Cyrus of 'Achy Breaky Heart' fame.

Okay, I'm done now. Gonna go stumble my favorite Disney sites now. :)

On a limb with Claudia said...

"So honey, do you like Hannah Montana?" Mistress Holly of planet nirvana said.

"Hannah Montana! She's so HOT! Did you see the tits on that broad??" he thought.

"Honey?" Mistress Holly asked.

"NO WAY," he said meaning:

"There is no way I'm going to tell my perfect virgin mother that I think Hannah Montana is hot or that I looked at her tits."

That's my re-write. What do you think?

Elaine A. said...

Miley Cyrus. Ick. We are SO not making friends with ANY girls now... ; )

Rachel said...

You're in trouble now honey :-)
Princess told me yesterday that a pair of shoes were 'Hot' I am so canceling the Disney Channel.

the planet of janet said...

send em all to my house. we'll "man" 'em up for ya.

well, except for the teenage girl who thinks she can date in another 2 weeks.

EatPlayLove said...

We haven't been seduced by Hannah yet, but kindergarten is next year and I am sure, the seduction will begin. We certainly have the princess thing down!

Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart said...

Oh, you have no idea what you are missing in the princess and Barbie movies. Or, maybe you do.

We watch the same thing in the mornings. I realized today that children's programming doesn't start until 6:30. Apparently, they think all kids sleep past that. Ha, ha, ha.

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

I love Wilbur. My kiddo's not allowed to give him up. 7? He did this at 7? I'm going to take a valium with some wine.

Valarie said...

My poor son has grown up in a house with two older sisters and their friends. Hannah Montana is on all the time at my house. My 8 year old has now moved to another level though... He now tells his sisters friends how hot they are. His Daddy is very proud.

Amy said...

Too funny! I have four girls so there is a whole lotta Hannah Montana and princesses around here. But the third LOVES her Power Rangers!

Misty said...

you must be so proud! Really... I mean, well...

I hate Hannah Montana...

jubilee said...

We watch TLC in the mornings and I don't hear a PEEP out of them the whole time!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

My husband is a closet Hannah Montana addict. One day at home with a sick 13 year old with a bunch of Tivoe'd HM's and he's never been the same!

Rebecca said...

Oh dear... :)

Elizabeth said...

Hey, BTW "animated Holly" I like your new "profile photo"...Holly in her shortie jammies on her tush on the golf course! LOL!
Blessings, E

Bren said...

Yep, you're in trouble now. What is this spell the Cyrus family has over our children? I say we call for a revolt from parents everywhere!

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

Holly--come visit my blog--I have something for you :)

anymommy said...

Really, really funny. Good luck with that. Next they'll want concert tickets!

JCK said...

I'm over here wringing my hands ...say it isn't SO, Ryan. You turn your back on Sir Topham Hatt?

Kendrawolf said...

I was lucky enough to get my girl out on her own long before Hannah Montana came along. I only have a 10 year old boy at home now and he wouldn't be caught dead watching stuff like that (so far). God help me.

Beck said...

We've just outright forbidden any live-action preteen sitcoms. Aaah! Blessed relief!

Angie said...

I'm so glad my girls are too young for all this Hannah Montana stuff. They're perfectly happy with Super Why and Word World for now, so I'm hoping things will stay that way for a LONG time. :-)

carmen said...

It's all Hannah, all the time around here. The Hannah wig, the Hannah PJ's, cd's, Dance Dance Revolution, just to name a few. And if it's not Hannah, it's definately High School Musical.

Hope you don't think any less of me. :)

Shannon said...

I have two boys, 15 and 4, and they have both been exposed to Hannah and neither one of them like it. Now my 10 year old daughter loves her but not as much as High School Musical! Bradley was caught using a jedi light saber to cut off the Hannah Montana head on the poster.

foolery said...

Stay-at-home Daddy has to deal with that stuff. Except for this: I absolutely, positively FORBADE "Zoey 101" after she got knocked up. Don't know how to justify it, can't really articulate it, but NO WAY, JOSE! Thank heavens it's only reruns.

jenn said...

I can't stop laughing!!!!

Mommy Cracked said...

Yep, those Cheetah Girls are the real wild ones! And so it begins...

nonlineargirl said...

Funny, but anything that mixes things up a bit seems like a good thing.

Karen said...

That is too funny! I have all girls, and I don't even know what I would do with a boy ...

Tootsie Farklepants said...

I dread the day when my own daughter discovers Hanna Montana. I'm keeping her carefully shielded from it. More so that I don't have to watch than anything else.

lonestar818 said...

Wow, I have 3 boys too but so far they're still into Thomas, Spongebob, legos, etc. I don't think they know who Hannah Montana is yet, although once one of them gave me a HM pencil as a present, but he said it looked girly and that's why he thought I'd like it (me being a "girl" after all, lol). I don't think he had a clue who it was.

We have had a few of the "I'm too old for this" comments, like the time I asked one of my 7-yr-olds if he wanted his blankie (at bedtime) and he gave me this look and with a sigh said, "Mama, it's not a blankie, it's a blanket" lol.

Amy said...

I have a 5 year old girl--we are holding off on hannah montana as long as possible--but she already has the High School Musical bug--so watch out, we've met plenty of boys who like that as well.

Nicole said...

Am I a bad mom or just not giving my girls the opportunity to grow up? They are 5 and 3 and I haven't once introduced them to iCarly, Drake & Josh, Hannah Montana or any of those other shows that I thought were for the older crowd. We haven't even gotten into High School Musical but the neighbor girl who is about to turn 4 is having a HS Musical themed party.

I type this as the girls gleefully watch Maggie & the Furocious Beast. They do watch Tom & Jerry, the Pink Panther and those other cartoons I grew up with though!

Sleeping with Ward Cleaver said...

Oooooohhhh. Shudder. We have been held hostage by agonizingly bad Disney programming for years. It started with Hilary Duff (well, her show wasn't even that bad at first) but has spiraled downward ever since. And the Disney movies. That are played on what seems to be an endless reel. And then all the little Disney rock stars they create. Ugh.
But...we're now in something far, far worse. MTV.

Spend a couple of hours with MTV on and if you haven't already gouged your eyeballs out with a gardening spade, you'll at least be entertaining the notion. It is lowest common denominator programming, television that makes you want to dig up the rotting carcass of whoever it was who invented TV and cause some sort of bodily harm to his remains (if you can do that). MTV was such a painless mindless network of music videos back when we were in college. Now it's riddled with repulsive and yet more repulsive programming totally bent on destroying any innocence that might be left in our children. Sigh...Now, off my soap box.

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