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    Weird things kids are into

    Making my own thread split before someone beats me to it.

    My seven year old daughters newest thing is watching CMT videos. Nothing wrong with country music, but no one in the house or anyone near her listens to country. We're more of a metal/rock house and I'll touch on Jimmy Buffet sometimes. It's fun watching my daughter grow up and do her own things even if I think they may be a little weird.

    Other obsessions include Jessie, Dog with a Blog, and Good Luck Charlie. When I was her age I couldn't get passed cartoons (I still can't). I guess she'll just be a little more mature than me.

    So what weird things are your kids getting into that seem out of place for your family?
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    From a very young age Junior was fascinated by home improvement shows. Like at 4 years old he would rather watch This Old House than cartoons (and it's not like anyone else in the house is a home improvement enthusiast)
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    While The Girl's (10 yo) has always liked the TV - Disney & Nick - she really is enjoying watching reruns of Full House (what ever happen to that Olsen girl?). She enjoys Dog with a Blog, Good Luck Charlie, Jessie - you know the standard fare. She also is into Instagram along with her best friend. Okay that's not really weird.

    Her weird phase right now is only wear soccer or running style shorts with a t-shirt. It started this spring in school and now it's summer and all that but this includes everything, except when we tell her no for dinner or church. I get it. Its comfortable. I wish I could wear that all the time in the summer too.
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    My 4 y.o. loves Cook's Country on PBS. He always wants to watch the cooking show.

    He thinks Chris Kimball is hilarious....
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    Quote Originally posted by Planit View post
    While The Girl's (10 yo) has always liked the TV - Disney & Nick - she really is enjoying watching reruns of Full House (what ever happen to that Olsen girl?). She enjoys Dog with a Blog, Good Luck Charlie, Jessie - you know the standard fare. She also is into Instagram along with her best friend. Okay that's not really weird.

    Her weird phase right now is only wear soccer or running style shorts with a t-shirt. It started this spring in school and now it's summer and all that but this includes everything, except when we tell her no for dinner or church. I get it. Its comfortable. I wish I could wear that all the time in the summer too.
    My daughters have also recently started watching reruns of Full House.
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    After work I usually walk my daughter over to a playground at a private school a block away from home. The playground overlooks a football field and track as well as another practice field used for girls lacrosse, soccer, and what seems like a girl's football league.

    The last few weeks my daughter has been absolutely obsessed with watching the teenagers practice and play their sports. It doesn't matter if it's one person practicing the hurdles or a soccer team running drills... she would rather spend her 30 minutes at the playground standing and staring at the older kids than actually playing on the swings and slides.

    Besides my early morning runs (which she is never awake for) and watching football or baseball on TV, we are not exactly a sporty family.
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    My 7 year old is into all those disney shows (dog with blog, jessie, austin and alley, etc). Also into the cartoon fair. For a girl (not to be sterotypical) but she is really into teen titan go on Cartoon Network. Also she is currently obsessed with the game Animal Crossing, New Leaf on 3DS and has an obsession with Justin Biber and Big Time Rush. I think these things are normal for a girl. She also watched an entire season of Design Star on HGTV and loves to watch the High Low Project and Love it or List it with the wife. The other day she came back from her summer day care and had "designed" her room. She than re-arranged said furniture in the room based on the design.

    My 3 year old is in love with trains, monster trucks, spiderman and rocks and the book "pinkalicious". It's his sister, but he loves it. Oh well.
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    My 3-year-old nephew is obsessed with anything John Deere. It's crazy...he has like every type of farm machinery memorized, has probably a hundred tractor toys, tractor DVDs, tractor books, he even had a John Deere-themed birthday party. Apparently he's not the only one though...that company has capitalized on this interest and has made toys out of just about everything tractor-related. I guess it's not entirely weird, but it's definitely grown into more than just a phase it seems.

    Meanwhile, my 5-year-old nephew currently loves watching cooking shows with his Dad, as well as helping out in the kitchen and around the house. I think he'd rather watch the Food Network than most kids' programming.

    Quote Originally posted by btrage View post
    My daughters have also recently started watching reruns of Full House.
    Maybe something for another thread, but this got me thinking how fascinating it is that a show as corny and critically-panned as Full House is still just as popular and syndicated as a critically-acclaimed show like Seinfeld after all these years. And I'll admit, I love both.
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    Amid concerns that our children are acting weird it's important to remember one thing.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    After work I usually walk my daughter over to a playground at a private school a block away from home. The playground overlooks a football field and track as well as another practice field used for girls lacrosse, soccer, and what seems like a girl's football league.

    The last few weeks my daughter has been absolutely obsessed with watching the teenagers practice and play their sports. It doesn't matter if it's one person practicing the hurdles or a soccer team running drills... she would rather spend her 30 minutes at the playground standing and staring at the older kids than actually playing on the swings and slides.

    Besides my early morning runs (which she is never awake for) and watching football or baseball on TV, we are not exactly a sporty family.
    I bet you hate to have to stand around and watch those teenage girls.
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    Quote Originally posted by dvdneal View post
    My seven year old daughters newest thing is watching CMT videos. Nothing wrong with country music, but no one in the house or anyone near her listens to country. We're more of a metal/rock house and I'll touch on Jimmy Buffet sometimes. It's fun watching my daughter grow up and do her own things even if I think they may be a little weird.
    That's what my girlfriend did as a kid, and still listens to Country music.

    The weirdest thing I've seen of kids is that my cousin, Jeffery, was/is obsessed with the bridezilla type reality shows.
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    Our 4 year old loves the Back to the Future trilogy. He also discovered Tiny Toons and Animaniacs (which he calls "the cats").

    our 2 year old son loves to get into my wife's make-up. I call him Clockwork Orange from time to time based on one of his best creations.
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    Let's see...."weird things"....

    Almost 4 yr old boy - telling non-sequitur and nonsensical redundant jokes that kill him every time

    Almost 5 yr old boy - Alton Brown, most cooking shows in general, Property Brothers reno show on HGTV, has no problem chillin' in front of CNN and prefers the age-appropriate non-fiction books at the library (US Presidents, brass musical instruments, solar system, etc)

    6 yr old boy - obsessed with Pixar's Wall-E, even 5+ years after it's popularity
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    My daughter when she was little, liked bugs. The odd thing was she was real girly, girly with everything else.
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    I bet you hate to have to stand around and watch those teenage girls.
    I do occasionally feel pretty creepy when I take her. Thankfully summer is here so I no longer am wearing my full-length rain coat when I go.
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    Quote Originally posted by Raf View post
    My 3 year old is in love with trains, monster trucks, spiderman and rocks and the book "pinkalicious". It's his sister, but he loves it. Oh well.
    Trade "pinkalicious" with nail polish, and you have my 3yo son. He is currently sporting a very shiny rose color on his fingernails that he shows off proudly to anyone who will look. And he doesn't even have a sister to blame this obsession on. *shrug* I could think of worse things. It kind of cracks me up. It is a pretty color.

    My ten-month-old is obsessed with floor vents. Every time you set him down, he scoots over to the nearest floor vent and explores and "talks" to it.

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    My son doesn't have any obessions/interests that are out of place with our family, yet, but since he was three he's really been in to Mythbusters and the show "How it's Made". I'm a fan of Mythbusters too so I don't mind, but I don't like "How it's Made" when they show how food products are made, it's kinda gross to me. The most disgusting one was haggis...

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    The baby is just 18 months old, but she's obsessed with smelling everything. She also loves to watch Spanish language music videos on MTV Tres in the mornings and dances around. She gets mad when it goes to a commercial or someone changes the channel.
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    Quote Originally posted by terraplnr View post
    My son doesn't have any obessions/interests that are out of place with our family, yet, but since he was three he's really been in to Mythbusters and the show "How it's Made". I'm a fan of Mythbusters too so I don't mind, but I don't like "How it's Made" when they show how food products are made, it's kinda gross to me. The most disgusting one was haggis...
    Food is one of those things where ignorance can really be bliss. I really enjoyed Haggis when I was in the UK, but tried my best to not know how it was made.

    Mythbuster's would be a cool interest though
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    At one point this summer, the Mrs. and I took our nephews and niece down to Texas for a week camp (first time they'd been away from their parents on their own that long). It was about a 3.5-hour drive. If it were up to them, we would have listened to Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" on repeat that whole drive down.

    So, my contribution is... being able to watch or listen to something, and nothing else, repetitively for long periods of time. I find that odd.

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    My son plays Minecraft on the xbox. No wierdness there. However, he is really into watching youtube videos where people narriate themselves playing Minecraft. That, friends and neighbors, is weird.

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    Quote Originally posted by Coragus View post
    My son plays Minecraft on the xbox. No wierdness there. However, he is really into watching youtube videos where people narriate themselves playing Minecraft. That, friends and neighbors, is weird.
    Do we have the same child? I've had to kill the router so he doesn't stay up all night watching those things. Now he's even started producing his own.
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    Quote Originally posted by Coragus View post
    My son plays Minecraft on the xbox. No wierdness there. However, he is really into watching youtube videos where people narriate themselves playing Minecraft. That, friends and neighbors, is weird.
    LOL. My son does the same thing. He is minecraft crazy and watches youtube videos of others playing - mostly I think to get pointers. Quite byt accident yesterday I found out you could grow mushrooms in Minecraft. I thought I would show him I was a cool dad and asked him about that. He gave me a look like I was a dottering old geezer and said, "Of course, everyone knows that!"

    He also likes to sing some song he heard on youtube called "Sideburns." Which is about the benefits of having sideburns.

    As far as TV, he is really interested in Pawn Stars. Used to be Mythbusters. Now it is Pawn Stars.

    Yesterday he said "They should have a show called "Porn Stars." He is 12 I pointed out that there probably is but it is on a pay-for-view channel he will never see.
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    Quote Originally posted by Coragus View post
    My son plays Minecraft on the xbox. No wierdness there. However, he is really into watching youtube videos where people narriate themselves playing Minecraft. That, friends and neighbors, is weird.
    Even I do this. Contrary to how the game looks, there are a LOT of things to do in the vanilla Minecraft, particularly when you start messing with the redstone stuff. Basically redstone is akin to circuitry and it's way more in depth than I would have ever thought.

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    Off-topic:
    My son has been pestering his parents for months about getting minecraft. His mother is opposed to it because she heard there is a chat feature and she doesnt think it's appropriate for an 8 y.o. to be playing in that kind of online environment (predators, are everywhere don't ya know). Personally, I saw minecraft once and it looked like on-line legos to me and I didn't see it as a big deal. What do you all think about the propriety of minecraft for an 8 y.o.?
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