Recently I was fondly reminiscing about watching Saturday morning cartoons. I'd wake up at the crack of dawn, go downstairs, and watch me some Bugs Bunny. I even remember waking up once and my shows weren't on, only to find out I was awake before cartoons even came on.

Watching cartoons was a pretty simple process, even for a 5 year old. It went something like this:

 TV watching in 1977

TV watching in 1977

So, I was thinking, why don't my kids do this? They certainly get up early enough on Saturdays, so that's not the problem. Well, for one, there's nothing special about Saturday mornings. There are cartoons available all the time, whether they're on cable, the DVR, the DVD player, etc..

However, I think the biggest obstacle is the modern TV watching workflow. It goes something like this:

 TV watching in 2012

TV watching in 2012

Now, if history is any indicator, my kids are going to be more tech-savvy than my wife and I. However, they're only four and two years old (and a one month old, if we're counting everyone) right now, and this is a little much for them.  

So, what do they do on Saturday morning? Well, it goes something like this:

 Entertaining kids in 2012: the iPad

Entertaining kids in 2012: the iPad

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AuthorTodd Zarwell