I think every parent out there has that dirty little secret; there is one kids’ show that they’ve started to enjoy. We’re all the same. In fact, it’s like I wrote in a previous post, “My Little Pony and Stockholm Syndrome“, in the end you have no choice but to start liking at least one; they’re all you get to watch during the day!
Obviously, for me, one of them is My Little Pony. It’s slightly embarrasing to say, but it has gotten to the point where I’m starting to enjoy sitting down and watching a few episodes with my daughter. Plus, the look on her face when I start singing along to the songs is priceless! She loves it. And yes, I know the words to most of the songs from the first 6 seasons and the Equestria Girls movies now… Shameful, I agree.
And so, I’ve decided to call this side-effect of being a parent the Equestria Syndrome. Let’s see how I succumbed to it, shall we?
How It All Started
The thing is, as I said earlier, you don’t really have much of a choice. With my daughter, we made the mistake of having Tiny POP on in the background when she was playing. You see, we both like background noise, and we needed to find something that was suitable to have on when she was awake.
So, Tiny POP it was. Intially, she became obsessed with the opening song from Babar and the Adventures of Badou. In fact, if we were trying to change her nappy and she wouldn’t stay still, I just had to sing the song and she’d behave. However, she didn’t care much for the actual show… I think I enjoyed it more, since it was a sequel to Babar, and I watched that as a kid. The same happened with Maya the Bee and then Miffy’s Big Adventures.
It wasn’t until that fateful day when we first saw Rainbow Dash burst through the clouds in the opening of My Little Pony that she actually paid attention to what was happening in a kids’ show.
I mean, she was hypnotised! She would not look away. And so, every single day at the same time, we would put My Little Pony on and she’d stop whatever she was doing to watch it.
From there, it got to the point where she would cry or moan when it ended. So, we looked on Netflix and there it was; the first 5 seasons of the show for her viewing pleasure. By now, she’d gotten to the point where, like us, she wanted a good show on as background noise. Rather than just stop and stare at it, she just wanted it on whilst playing.
So, Netflix came to the rescue and we would have it playing whilst we rolled around on the floor, played with her toys and had fun. She loved it. However, as those of you with Netflix know, it will automatically switch to the next episode. Thus, because of this, I have seen every episode of the first 5 seasons at least 30 times each. And that’s not an exaggeration. In fact, it’s probably a lot more.
After about a year, though, she was getting bored of it. I thought we would be free of it soon, until one day my wife decided to play the first Equestria Girls movie for her. Man, that was a mistake. She became obsessed with it! Legitimately… And you know, I found it to be a rather compelling little high school movie as well…
It Finally Takes Hold
It wasn’t until about 2 months ago that I realised I have fully succumbed to Equestria Syndrome. The moment it clicked was a Saturday morning, when I put on Netflix and went to My Little Pony, but stopped just before playing it. Why? Because I thought to myself that we’d already seen these episodes so much, and that I was bored of them. But rather than try and find a different show to put on, what did I do?
Why, I went to Google and searched for anywhere that I could watch the newest season! I actively looked for new episodes of My Little Pony, because I was bored of the ones we have already seen…
It was, at that precise moment, when I was looking at the Google results, that I knew it had taken hold of me.
Since then, we’ve now seen all of the current episodes available for all 7 seasons…. We’ve seen all four Equestria Girls movies… And I even agreed to take my daughter to the My Little Pony movie as her first trip to the cinema (that didn’t go well).
But hey, at least I’m not at the point where I watch it when she’s not around… Hopefully, I won’t get to that stage of Equestria Syndrome…
And That’s All Folks
That was, by and large, my confession as a Dad who has grown to enjoy My Little Pony rather than tolerate it. But to be clear, I am not (nor will I ever be) a Brony. I’m simply a Dad who had no choice but to start liking a show that I was forced to watch over and over again. At least, that’s my excuse!
What kids’ shows have you found yourself enjoying? No matter how much of a guilt pleasure it is, let me know in the comments below! Please show me that I’m not the only one suffering from Equestria Syndrome!