These early ‘Sesame Street’ episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today’s preschool child.
- Cookie Monster having a pipe
- Cookie Monster eating said pipe
- Oscar the Grouch having a mood disorder
- Snuffleupagus only being visible to Big Bird
Not to mention other atrocities, like Wanda's Fat Knees, which encouraged kids to be more active and eat fewer cookies, lest they get fat knees and lose all their friends.
Children spending time with their teachers outside of school:
This somewhat terrifying lesson in how to find your way home when you're lost:
And... this creepy "salesman" in a trench coat trying to sell Ernie the number eight:
To me, it all seems pretty harmless. Creepy, at times, but harmless. The fact that Old School is "intended for grown-ups... not today’s preschool child" seems to illustrate just how much more sheltered this generation is from previous ones. As Lenore Skenazy, author of Free Range Kids: How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts With Worry), writes, "It is NOT our imagination — our expectations and fears for our kids have changed dramatically in a relatively short time."
And, in this case, change is not good.
As I wrote in Kids' Games are Getting More Dangerous, and It's Entirely Their Parents' Fault,
When you help your child with everything, when you constantly hover over and protect them, you are making your child stupid. You are robbing them of opportunities to develop fine and gross motor skills. Without which they cannot control the world around them. Without which they can't hold a pencil and turn a page or push a wagon up a hill. Without which they are not safe on the playground. Read more >
6. Can he ride a small two-wheeled bicycle without helper wheels?
8. Can he travel alone in the neighborhood (four to eight blocks) to store, school, playground, or to a friend's home?
9. Can he be away from you all day without being upset? Read more>
If early episodes of Sesame Street are not appropriate for today's preschooler, we only have ourselves to blame.
Want to know more? Check out Here's the ONE Vocab Word Your Kindergartener Needs to Learn TODAY, Playborhood Your Neighborhood: The Best Gift You Will Ever Give Your Child, and 4 Reasons a Tutor is the WORST Thing You Can Do For Your Kid.