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Is the Beano magazine a bad influence?

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Jellybeanz1 Mon 17-Jun-13 22:38:43

Hi this is my first thread ever! I was just hoping for some sensible advice. My DH is threatening to throw out all my DS 8years, Beano albums and comics. He loves them dearly but my DS thinks they are a bad influence. ( this weeks was very anti homework which is already a difficult subject to motivate my DS). DH has already got rid of the Thomas the Tank engine books when he was little ( as he didnt like the way they treated each other). Can anyone counter his argument? I dont want another row or to be blamed further down the line. Here's hoping for a quieter life.

Salmotrutta Mon 17-Jun-13 22:39:41



bobthebear Mon 17-Jun-13 22:41:01

grin is this for real??

bobthebear Mon 17-Jun-13 22:41:22

Oops that was supposed to be a shock

bigbuttons Mon 17-Jun-13 22:42:02

Your dh sounds crazy.

livinginwonderland Mon 17-Jun-13 22:42:02

it's not half term somewhere, is it?

youmeatsix Mon 17-Jun-13 22:42:13

if he lays blame at dennis & thomas you will NEVER have a quiet life!

Bobyan Mon 17-Jun-13 22:42:26

Give him Viz and then see what effect it has.

mrsjay Mon 17-Jun-13 22:44:00

that damn Dennis the menace what is he like grin is your husband always so loony about things . I cant have a counter arguement because it is so mental it is a kids comic maybe your DH should address your sons behaviour himself and not blame poor thomas and dennis

ExitPursuedByABear Mon 17-Jun-13 22:45:26

Yep. Dennis us to blame for all the world's ills.

ghayes Mon 17-Jun-13 22:45:30

I don't know what the Beano is like nowadays. I remember having annuals of Beano and Dandy as a kid where some of the stories were of kids playing truant and having adventures. There was also Dennis the Menace bullying Walter the Softy.

IfIonlyhadsomesleep Mon 17-Jun-13 22:46:05

No - quite the opposite I think. Children understand it's comedy. It's a kind of fantasy of what they'd like to be able to get away with but would never dream of doing. Almost if its in the Beano then they know its bad behaviour. But that's over thinking it-it's just funny and kids enjoy it.

bobthebear Mon 17-Jun-13 22:47:18

To be fair I remember DH having a tantrum over DS (who was 4ish at the time) standing at the top of some stairs in a shopping centre and doing the whole 'na na na na na' thing whilst sticking his tongue out and running away. Apparently that was all down to Horrid Henry!

RiotsNotDiets Mon 17-Jun-13 22:49:01

I loved the beano

but I have turned into a horribly mischievous individual, not only do I regularly put stamps on envelopes upside down, but i also park in parent and toddler spaces at asda when I don't even have DD with me.


UniS Mon 17-Jun-13 22:49:35

The Beano influences my lad ....
Thanks to the beano he has built a giant wooden catapult that he can't use ( its too big), makes dens in the garden and behind the sofa that grown ups are banned from, believes that playing in the park with your mates is cool and thinks fart jokes are funny. AND is willing to wear a rd n black stripey rugby top thus making him instantly recogniseable at a distance.

The Beano is great from kids age 7- 11 ish, none of them like homework or boring stuff like shopping anyway. The comic encourages reading, jokes don;t make sense if you don't read them right. Its Not based on a TV show and its doesn't cost 5 quid or have a bit of plastic tat stuck to it every week.

MiniTheMinx Mon 17-Jun-13 22:50:00

I think the Beano should be required reading for every child grin

ghayes Mon 17-Jun-13 22:51:34

I haven't seen any kids with peashooters or catapults for years.

ExitPursuedByABear Mon 17-Jun-13 22:52:01

Actually. I am bloody delighted there are children still enjoying the Beano.

MummyMastodon Mon 17-Jun-13 22:52:46

Hmm. If memory serves, all the 'cool' characters hated school, while the softies loved maths etc?

No idea if it is still like that.

I'll bet folding money it doesn't still have Little Plum the Native American boy though. "Um squaw is in um wigwam" or however it went.

edam Mon 17-Jun-13 22:54:36

I think your husband sounds like quite nasty. Threatening to throw out possessions that ds 'loves dearly' is just mean.

The comics belong to ds. They are not dh's to throw away. How would he feel if you just threw some of his possessions away?

IfIOnlyHad is right, the comics are fantasy - kids know perfectly well it is a joke. It's supposed to be fun, not taken literally, fgs! But actually there is a serious purpose - comics and fiction are safe spaces for children to imagine how the world would be if the rules were subverted. You can explore the idea of rebellion without having to actually rebel and risk real-life consequences.

When ds brings home a Horrible Histories book from school, will dh throw it away because it makes fun of a serious topic? Will he never be allowed to read Captain Underpants, or Roderick Rules? Tell your husband to read his own books/magazines/newspapers and leave ds alone!

Oh, and make sure dh doesn't go anywhere near the South Bank in London - I went with ds and a friend and her kids. Clearly it's only sheer good luck that none of them have been expelled/arrested in the week since...

Shallishanti Mon 17-Jun-13 22:54:59

DS1 was completely obsessed with the beano, to the point that when we were on holiday and weren't able to buy that weeks's issue we had to phone our corner shop to reserve it to collect on our return. DS now doing a degree in speech therapy.
will that do for your dh? grin

piprabbit Mon 17-Jun-13 22:56:07

Well my 70yo DDad grew up on a diet of Thomas the Tank Engine (first published in 1945) and the Beano (1938) and he and the generations that followed him seem to have grown up OK.

I think your DH is verging on the deranged - what stories did he enjoy as a child.

Salmotrutta Mon 17-Jun-13 22:56:15

Is it because Charles and Camilla are in it after visiting DC Thomson?

Shallishanti Mon 17-Jun-13 22:56:23

oh, and what edam said, too!

Jellybeanz1 Mon 17-Jun-13 22:56:52

Thanks Ifionlyhadsomesleep I love listening to my son chuckling when he reads them. So far nothing's been acted out. I'm pretty fed up with the plastic catapults. My DH suggests Aquila or Okido but they seem a bit pricey and I'm not sure if they are fun as I've not seen any in the shops.

It's good to have reassurance that he's over thinking it.

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