Kellan is obsessed with Bear Grylls. It all started when Erik thought it would be cool to show Kellan a television show about Bear surviving harsh conditions in the Panamanian jungle. Since we've been to Panama, Kellan had a point of reference and took an instant liking to the affable TV personality. Now Kellan loves to shout, "Look! I'm Bear Grylls!" as he clambers over fallen tree branches or sprints through mud puddles. It's messy business being a junior adventurer. The picture above is of Kellan reliving a Bear Grylls adventure at our friends' house. It's a good thing they don't mind a little couch jumping!
I told my friend how much Kellan loves Bear Grylls and she replied, "Wow, that's an intense show!" I don't think my friend was judging me, but I did feel self-conscious. Were we bad parents for letting our preschooler watch Bear Grylls? Sure, there are moments when the show gets a little intense, but we've been able to explain things as we go and we would definitely skip any scene that was too graphic.
We thought it would be fun for Kellan to watch someone take on the elements and look like he's (mostly) having a great time. The show has really captivated him and it's fun to watch him make up adventures even if he's just at home making a cave out of the couch cushions. But maybe we should show him more videos of less dramatic but just as captivating explorer adventures on the National Geographic Kids site.
What do you think about kids finding role models?