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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘Nickelodeon’
Posted: December 19th, 2013

ElfffI am glad that there was no Elf on the Shelf when my kids were young. Here’s a link to today’s story in the Erie Times-News. My youngest, Ryan, had a fear of elves without any watchful doll to provoke him. As a youngster, he would hold his hands over his ears when certain Christmas music played. “Elves!” he would whisper in wide-eyed horror and shake his head.

I am guessing something at preschool or kindergarten started his distaste for elves. Imagine what he’d have done if we had partaken in the Elf on the Shelf tradition.

And his brother and sister would have found a way to make it a good game. They were a formidable force as youngsters. They advised Ryan to tell me he believed in Santa even if he didn’t because he’d get more presents. Where did that come from?

When Ryan wavered over his belief in Santa, I often advised that there is a little Santa in all of us. He never questioned that. And I thought it was much more endearing than any elfen tales.

Ryan sneered at gnomes too. I liked the Nickelodeon series “David the Gnome.” Tom Bosley voiced the character of David, a friendly forest doctor, and Christopher Plummer – Captain Von Trapp of “Sound of Music” fame — narrated.  Ryan wanted nothing to do with it.

One book I still love as a Christmas tradition is “Polar Express.” The final line of “Polar Express” is:

“Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”

I still believe there is a little Santa in all of us. With or without the help of an elf.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.






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Posted: April 2nd, 2013

banana peelNanners (bananas) first entered my vocabulary, thanks to “Rugrats,” one of the many Nickelodeon cartoon shows I watched with my kids. Star of the show toddler Tommy loved nanners and often fed them to his baby brother, Dil while pal Chuckie, twins Phil and Lil and Tommy’s dog, Spike, looked on. Villain Angelica, the oldest of the tots, always said, “You dumb babies.”

Then we had “Bananas in Pajamas” the life-sized bananas with Australian accents. and finally we all grew to love/hate the dreaded banana peel, at left from Mario Kart, made famous by Nintendo EAD.

Throughout the years, my kids learned to love banana bread, and now it’s the one thing I often send off to my son in Virginia Beach.

Funny how a tropical fruit can have such influence on the family.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one. 

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Posted: February 13th, 2013

Ryan Green BayBananas

It’s always fun to discover what your kids remember about toddlerdom once they hit adulthood.

When my youngest child, Ryan Eckert, turned 21 yesterday, we talked about all the crazy things he did as a tot. He’d had hernia surgery when he was barely a preschooler, and he remembered how we tried everything to keep him inactive and entertained. He mentioned the “Bananas” show. I had completely forgotten that one. It was “Bananas in Pajamas” — they kind of looked life-sized bananas in prison gear,  but it was in syndication for years when he was a tot. If you click right here, it takes you to an interactive website. The show had Australian roots.

These big bananas had clever names B1 and B2. With Australian accents, they often had some adventures with teddy bears. I don’t remember the a-peel with a lot of jokes about peels or anything, but it did hold his attention. It was really simple — a lot like Gumby, one of my favorites. It was always on at a naptime.

Gumby had a long reign on Nickelodeon — it was primitive clay figure animation. The funny Blockheads — the goofs who always got in trouble — were the bad guys that Gumby coped with along with his horse Pokey, and dog, Nopey.

Ryan also recalled watching Ch-Ch-Ch Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers – the pair of chipmunks he met at Disneyworld. He was even a fan of Barney before his older brother and sister poisoned him on that poor purple dinosaur.

Well, there he is (above) at age 3 or 4 — he wore a Green Bay Packers jersey every year for picture day — and refused to open his mouth for a smile.

Here he is with me sharing an adult beverage — a legal one.  Wow, what I wouldn’t give for a few more moments of time with a baby who watched Bananas in PajamasGumby and danced down the stairs singing and dancing to Barney’s “Special, Special — everyone is special.”  Sigh.

Ryan turns 21
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: June 5th, 2012

In the next few days, kids will be home for the summer. So how do you entertain them? Inexpensively? Here are a few ideas for younger kids:

In these first few days, let them chill. They need a break. They just completed brain boggling tests and being on a pretty strict schedule every single day. Give them the opportunity to do something mindless like sleep in and just be kids. And yes watch a little TV. In addition to anything Nickelodeon and PBS kids, my three kids loved Saved by the Bell.

Let them play — good-old fashioned play where they entertain themselves and use their own imaginations. My kids reveled in nature. They took their collections of trucks, cars and action figures outside and played in the puddles and sandbox. For hours.

Check out Pinterest.com for fun ideas that entertain.

Enjoy your kids. Take time everyday to go for a walk, a bike ride or to sit on a swing with them. Cuddle. Before you know it, that kind of time will be hard to come by. Enjoy these first few days of summer vacation.

Pam Parker is an award-winning writer and editor for Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: February 7th, 2012

Rugrats” was one of the many Nickelodeon shows I miss. According to Wikipedia, the series aired from 1991 to 2004. It was a cartoon all about talking babies, and some of the episodes made me laugh out loud right along with my kids. It included TommyChuckie, twins Phil and Lil and Spike, Tommy’s dog. Tommy later had a baby brother Dil, and the ever-present villain was Angelica, the oldest of the tots who always said, “You dumb babies.”

Tommy often wanted to feed nanners (bananas) to his baby brother, and my oldest thought that was particularly funny because my youngest was a nanners fan.

The episode where Chuckie gets skunked reveals that borscht (a soup with beets in it) finally deodorizes poor Chuckie. The first Halloween episode was hilarious, and so were many more.

A special episode, “All Growed Up” took a look at what the tots would be like 10 years older, and it later spawned its own spinoff of “All Grown Up” which ran off and on until 2009. The babies were all preteens, but my kids were long past the fan phase. Now, the show runs in the middle of the night on TeenNick weekends, and I hope to catch it. I miss the fun of those Rugrats years.


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