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Disney and the Little Einsteins franchise took some serious flak for claiming the Baby Einstein videos could make children brighter, which is ironic because their Little Einsteins series is my favorite educational show. Though I had every Baby Einstein video ever released, I never considered turning them in for the company offered refund. Sure, I was one of those parents that thought the early exposure to classical music and the visual stimulus would help secure their enrollment at an Ivy League school. But I was also using the videos to buy myself a shower, a few minutes to get ready in the morning, or a second to breathe. In that regard they certainly came through.
Last week, my daughter was home from school and I needed some time to work. As a work at home Mom, these days can be a though balancing act. I turned on the TV for a little reprieve and went right to the TiVo to peruse my list of distracters. Hmmm, Phineas and Ferb, iCarly, Garfield, Little Einsteins… No-brainer. If I’m going to work and not feel guilty about letting my daughter veg in front of the TV, then I will need to show her something of value.
While, I typed away at my laptop, my daughter was learning musical terms and being introduced to famous artists and composers. Would I rather be exposing her to such things at a museum or the symphony? Sure, but this was a practical alternative that made both of us very happy.