Parents- List Your Child’s Most Irritating Toy/Show

Ok parents I have a post that is just for you. There are two parts to it.

Most of our children have received at least one toy that we cannot stand. It may not have always been that way, but sooner or later there is one toy that you just cannot stand.

The second part is tied into television shows. Children can watch the same show 17,987 consecutive times and not get bored. Scientists have proven that many of these same people grew up to watch and participate in The Rocky Horror Picture Show each week. On a side note, I have to make a separate post about this.

In my case I would have to say that the toy that I grew to despise was a talking barbecue. It was loud and obnoxious and in the middle of the night it would suddenly turn on and scare the crap out of me.

It is two am and all of a suddent there is a freaking barbecue yelling at me about not burning the hot dogs. It is a good thing that this thing didn’t exist when I was in college or I can guarantee that it would have caused several people to have a complete breakdown.

As for a television show I would have to say that I learned to love and then hate the Wiggles. The Wiggles who dressed up in costumes that resembled Star Trek uniforms grew to be exceptionally irritating, in large part because I found myself whistling their tunes beneath my breath or singing their songs around the office.

It is a little embarrassing to try and explain why I am singing “Do The Monkey” or “Hot Potato, hot potato.”

What about you? What do you have to add to this list?

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  1. Jack's Shack December 1, 2005 at 7:31 am


    Maisy used to make me laugh because my son loved to say Tallulah, but at the tender age of 2.5 it was a very cute but garbled version.


    Do the Monkey.


    Barney makes me crazy too.

    I had one of those lawnmowers as a kid, until I drove my father crazy and he took it away.


    The Backpack song has its limits.


    Yep, you have got it.


    Legos in the dark are dangerous.


    Sounds like others are in agreement.


    Talking toys in general are tough.

  2. jg December 1, 2005 at 5:03 am

    Heh. My mini me is 12 now. I’d forgotten the annoying toys and TV shows. I HHAAAAAATED Barney. She loved him of course. There were so many annoying toys… the worst was probably the talking toy laptop.

  3. dorothy rothschild November 30, 2005 at 7:07 pm

    Last Christmas, Mr. Benchley’s nephew got a toy lawn mower, possibly the one life-of-rubin’s referring to, though I’m not sure. It didn’t spit bubbles. But it did make a fake grrrwwwrrrr sound and there was an obnoxious voice that would say “Power Up!” and “Let’s go!” and “Power Down!” and a few other phrases. Junior ran that thing over the carpet nonstop for four days.

  4. torontopearl November 30, 2005 at 6:35 pm

    I love Lego as a creative, mind-expanding toy for kids, but Jack, have you ever been barefoot and stepped on those little pieces in a dark room? OUCH! Or had to clean up after your kids countless numbers of those little pieces strewn around a room…?

    I hate the Pokemon-type shows.

  5. Stephen (aka Q) November 30, 2005 at 6:31 pm

    I’ve never heard of the talking BBQ. That’s hilarious! Just the thing to play on a man’s delicate ego, since we all pride ourselves on being the best BBQers.



  6. -Ann November 30, 2005 at 5:55 pm

    I’m not a parent, but I am an aunt so I hope I can still contribute, at least on the toy thing. My nieces have this Dora the Explorer toy that sings that freaking back-pack song and it makes me want to go on a spree. The song is nearly impossible to dislodge from your brain.

  7. Chaim November 30, 2005 at 5:51 pm

    Oh man, you know that fisher price lawn mower? Not the one that blows bubbles, when you move it, it make this loud, click click click sound, I want to shoot myself.

    As far as shows, there is this show called George Shrinks that freaks the heck out of me. Its like this kid who shrunk himself and just goes about his regular daily family life. Its odd. and Freakish.

  8. Terri in PA November 30, 2005 at 4:52 pm

    I have a 10 year old so she is usually watching whatever I am now, so I will have to go back awhile to the irritating stuff.

    I must say that the most annoying toy would be a baby doll that when you squeezed it’s belly it said “Ma Ma, Ma Ma”. The cats and dog always manage to step on this thing about 2 am and I would jump up hearing this eerie voice yelling for ma ma.

    Annoying TV is a tie between the Wiggles & Barney – high male voices irritate me.


  9. Stacey November 30, 2005 at 2:49 pm

    Fruit salad, yummy, yummy!

  10. A Simple Jew November 30, 2005 at 12:00 pm

    I find the Teletubbies to be completely inane.

    Also, watching Maisy (on Noggin) puts me right to sleep.

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