mash: humor / child development / psychology
In the Mashed Up household we love to laugh. Sometimes (pre-Baby Mash) we’d sit as a couple on the couch and watch Eddie Murphy strutting across the stage in his red-leather, Dave Chappelle in his Rick James wig, or Jeff Dunham and Walter snapping at each other. Laughter, after all, is good for the soul. Not one of them were clean comedians.
However, we now have little eyes and little ears that are often around when we are enjoying ourselves. And while we still love the comedians we used to love before, we just can’t watch some of them around Baby Mash. Have you ever heard a child repeat the words and phrases that they hear? According to Early Childhood News, this is a common tendency from children–to imitate what they hear at home.
Can I imagine Baby Mash saying something crazy in front of mixed company? Heck, even saying something crazy to us? I don’t think I could take it. I have no idea what I would do if we had a Kevin Hart moment. (The link leads to a funny, but, adult clip.)
Psychologist Dr. Timothy Jay, says that between the ages of 1 and 2 boys know about 6 taboo words, while girls know 8. The fact that this is an average lets me know that some little kids know more words, and some know less. I’d prefer that Baby Mash knows less.
There are a few environmental factors that affect the vocabulary of kids, and what they see on TV isn’t the only thing. For example socio-economic levels, genetics, and world experiences, are just a few things that can help determine the kind of things that come out of a child’s mouth.
However, there is one unavoidable, large factor, that cannot be ignored–what they hear coming out of the mouths of the 3D people around them. There is no getting around it–your kids are going to copy what they hear you say. And if you watch certain, very quotable comedians, you might mistakenly say some things that you don’t want them to repeat. After watching Kevin Hart we walked around for days saying “Pineapples!” (another great, yet adult, clip). We also laughed to the point of crying when we originally say the skit. That’s what a good comedy set is supposed to do–make you pull out the tissue.
However, the combined positive re-enforcement of hearing slightly off colored terms, and seeing how much we enjoy hearing them is enough to make Baby Mash run around the house going “Look at my Ting Ting!” (yes, another funny clip to listen to out of the earshot of impressionable ears).
So, as a family we had to reassess what we listen to, and when. Sure, after bedtime for Baby Mash we still like Kevin, Jeff, Eddie, Dave, and Jo. However, when our little one is up and about we’ve found some funny alternatives: clean comedians (at least most of the time). Here is a sampling of the top 5 choices in the Mashed Up household.
5. Jim Gaffigan
3. Bill Engvall
1. Bill Cosby
Who are your favorite comedians to watch with, and without, the kiddos around?