Not trying to get all Seinfeldian on you, but, what’s up with kids characters having speech impediments? Andie and I have been spending a lot of time indoors the past two days and as such I’ve resorted to a little TV babysitting. She doesn’t watch TV yet, but I do have a couple of Sesame Street DVDs that are pretty great, except for the Baby Bear character. Everyone always says that the Elmo character is the most annoying – high pitched and so enthusiastic – but Baby Bear is infinitesimally more annoying. He does baby tawk with a super speech impediment. I have never wanted to turn my own TV upside down more than I do when he’s tawking.
“What’s a wectangle?” Agh!
Also, I downloaded Peekaboo Barn for my iPad based on how much my cousin’s kid loves it. It has a really great and simple functionality that any kid gets right away. Tap the barn and the doors open to reveal a new animal. Andie loves it and will tap the thing for 10 straight minutes (which is a lifetime in terms of her current attention span). The voiceover is a little kid that tells you what the animal is. That’s great, except for the impediment the kid has.
This doesn’t add authenticity, it’s just annoying. Now, I wouldn’t say that these impediments are contributing to my kid having a speech problem as Andie has perfect pronunciation (elocution school really paid off), but I do think it’s confusing to teach kids the name of things the wrong way.