An unanticipated benefit has been the reduction of the "I Wants" on the part of Big Sis. No inane commercials played during inane cartoons = less awareness of the HOT NEW TOY AVAILABLE NOW, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!
However, I was slightly amused/ horrified when a momentary pause on channel 4's Saturday morning cartoons yielded the sudden desire for this:
This little beauty is Penbo, the Interactive Waddling Penguin with Bebe. For only $78.95, she will speak gibberish, play hide-and-seek, and drop an egg out of her belly. What 6 year old wouldn't want that?? I can see her playing with it for a total of 5.3 minutes before getting bored.
My reaction? I quickly turned the channel & started talking about books.