I believe you are referencing this post from last year because I haven’t given NickMom a thought since then. Since you asked, though, here are my thoughts, which really haven’t changed:
I’m glad you dig NickMom. My wife does, too, as do a shit-load of others. I don’t have the numbers, but if it didn’t have a substantial viewership, it’d already be off the air.
It’s cool that it comes on at 10 p.m. in your area. In my area (and others), it comes on at 7 p.m., which sucks ass because that is primetime for most toddlers and preschoolers. So, when they kicked off NickMom relatively unannounced, my boys got to see a mom comedian start her act by saying how all parents actually hate their kids.
First of all, not cool. Second of all, not funny (which, to me, is a worse offense). My wife who was getting dinner ready heard this and quickly changed the channel.
Now, you put “should” in all caps. That tells me you know not all kids stay in bed when they’re put down. As a new mom, I’m sure you have spent many sleepless nights, calming a crying baby at all hours. I’m not suggesting parents set their newborn in front of the TV, but when my preschoolers are sick and wake up from aches or fever or vomiting, Nick Jr. is one of the arrows in my quiver. Parents dealing with sick kids who wake up at 10 p.m. in your area don’t have that option any more.
That gets to my problem with NickMom: Got a show for moms with racy jokes and salty language? Great. Why did they put it on a channel for children?
Viacom, which owns Nickelodeon, has hundreds of channels to choose from. Okay, I know the show wasn’t pitched to Viacom—that’s not how TV works. But, it was pitched to Nickelodeon, which has a handful of better channels from which to choose. Nick at Nite, which long ago jettisoned the formula of airing solely reruns from previous decades, would have been perfect.
And though this has nothing to do with the programming, the launch of NickMom coincided with the show’s website publishing a humorous inforgraphic that clearly ripped off one by How To Be A Dad. And when confronted with it, they apologized, but then simply swept it under the rug.
We both worked at the same newspaper. She was the Associate Art Director and I was the Arts & Entertainment Editor. We had unspoken crushes on each other, then the Managing Editor set us up on a date.
We’ve been together ever since.
Bonjour! And merci. And that’s all the French I know without listing types of mustard.
When you do have kids, I hope this site stands as a shining example of what not to do.
My wife and I have the same aesthetic, so the boys have just grown up with our clothes, hair, music, et al. (Wyatt used to have really long hair, but it was annoying him, so we cut it a bit shorter.)
There are a few more installments on the way before we reach the conclusion. I can’t say for sure because I’m kind-of editing on the fly a story I wrote years ago.
(By the way, I’ve got a post scheduled to fire off in an hour that you may dig.)
Yeah, sometimes I think I’m raising two Bond villains.
There wasn’t one specific thing that stood out as my favorite part. I just appreciated that I had the chance to be there for their first two years.
And I’d have to say the biggest challenge was every second of the first two years.