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Parenting: newborns to toddlers

Bring back old TV cartoon favourites for quality family time

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 August, 2018, 6:03pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 August, 2018, 6:03pm

My Daddy Long Legs, The Smurfs, Heidi and Ninja Hattori-kun: do these popular cartoon shows from the 1970s, 80s and 90s bring back memories for today’s parents? Watching TV cartoons and singing along to the theme songs, after school or homework every day, were always the highlight of my day.

In fact, these could make for an interesting parent-child activity even today. Watching nostalgic TV cartoons with your toddlers would be a fun way to strengthen your bond. The brain of a young child constantly seeks new experiences, which is why toddlers get glued to their chairs if an animated series is on TV. A well-written plot, with good music and visual effects, would have a positive impact on them.

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I recently watched a DVD of Heidi with my two-year-old daughter. It made her curious to learn more about Heidi and the place where she lived, so we turned to further reading. I also took the opportunity to share with her stories from my childhood and my fantasy of visiting the Swiss Alps. Singing along together to the theme songs was not only fun, but also helped her to learn the words and appreciate the tunes.

I urge our TV channels to once again broadcast those old educational cartoons, which hold such nostalgia for us parents and can make for a fun parent-child activity. This would create precious moments for our children that they would treasure all their lives.

Margaret Li, Quarry Bay