Creative Voices: A New Kind of Saturday Morning

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Creative Voices- A New Kind of Saturday Morning. In this article, author Karen Bannister discusses how Saturday mornings have changed since having kids.

Saturday mornings have changed for me. I imagine if you are a parent reading this, they have changed for you too.

Was there a time when waking on the weekend didn’t mean a 6am wake-up call involving a screaming child, several pokes to the face from a tiny finger, and/or a limb or two sprawled across your face (from a sleeping child, not sure what your spouse is up to)?

Was there a time when your eyes sprung open, without the benefit of 2 cups of coffee, and you bounded from bed with glee (from 0 to 60 in 1.2 seconds)? When you ran, literally ran, down the stairs?

You didn’t have deadlines nagging at you (ok, when can I logically sneak in 10 minutes to answer a few emails?). It didn’t matter when you ate breakfast … you’d eat, and eat well, a heaping bowl of sugary cereal served by your mother. You didn’t have three different activities to plan your day around, and to immediately prepare for (three different sections of the city, three different children, one start time). You had the whole lazy day stretched before you when you could do anything your little heart pleased …


Like watch hours of cartoons. Really, really good cartoons. A show about little blue people, or magical ponies. Talking turtles?! Yes, please. There were men and women doing amazing, heroic things (like ridding the world of evil) and a lazy cat doing nothing much at all – except making you laugh.

The world was all about making you laugh.

I know you’re with me … Saturday mornings in my childhood were all about the cartoons. So don’t blame me if I well up with a little emotion-filled remembrance when I see some of my old favourites on Netflix. My kids are watching them now (though I’ve nixed the sugary cereal, sorry kids). And you’ll love this list from Netflix to get you started too. 

My little ponies

Throwbacks on Netflix

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Marvel’s Ultimate Spider Man

The Magic School Bus

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Garfield & Friends

Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Incorporated

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

The Smurfs

Disclosure: Thanks to Netflix for providing me with free service. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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