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to ban Horrid Henry?

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teaandakitkat Sun 05-Feb-17 13:15:32

I have 3 sons who love watching Horrid Henry. But I hate Horrid Henry. I think he's a horrible little brat of a boy who speaks horribly to his parents, does all manner of horrible things, but always seems to come out on top. One of my kids in particular has started speaking like Horrid Henry and it drives me crazy.

WIBU to stop them watching it just because I don't like it? I know I'm the parent and it's ultimately up to me to decide what they can and can't watch, but am I over-reacting and Horrid Henry is all just harmless fun? And their TV watching usually goes in phones, they obsessively watch something for a wile then switch to something else. So should I just ride out the Horrid Henry phase? It's going to be truly Horrid in our house for a while if I get rid of it.

EastMidsMummy Sun 05-Feb-17 13:18:04

You're the parent. Why would you put up with your children being horrid??

BastardBloodAndSand Sun 05-Feb-17 13:21:01

I think you need to start watching Horrid Henry a little more objectively op. Perfect Peter is the one you need to watch out for.

It's obviously that Henry is only acting out because his parents don't like him very much and that's how he gets their attention. I like him, much better than sneaky Peter wink

Imaginingdragonsagain Sun 05-Feb-17 13:22:08

True, Henry does seem to get a raw deal at home- his parents definitely have a favourite!!

Mrsknackered Sun 05-Feb-17 13:24:25

Horrid Henry IS banned in this house.
I found DS1s behaviour got a lot worse after watching.
He is allowed to watch it very rarely but I watch with him with a running commentary of 'oh that's not nice' 'why did he do that-that's mean!' and if acts like Horrid Henry he is not aloud to watch it that week.
Peter is a bellend too

Tweetypie30 Sun 05-Feb-17 13:32:05

It's banned in this house. I found my sons behaviour was worse after watching it. Very occasionally I will watch an episode with him with a running commentary of oh that's not nice behaviour, we don't act like that do we!

Aeroflotgirl Sun 05-Feb-17 13:37:38

Horrid Henry behaviour is awful, he is nasty and a bully. He is rude, and obstinate, and I can't stand him. As for his parents pathetic disapline methods, sighing "oh don't be horrid, Henry", it does not work! He needs a good dressing down. Mabey if Horrid Henry was nicer, he would be treated better, rather like Perfect Peter wink.

Talith Sun 05-Feb-17 13:39:26

It's the constant shrieking in it that gets on my tits. Also I don't like the way calling someone a girl or dressing in girls clothes is frequently used in the storylines as a way of tormenting others.

Teepish Sun 05-Feb-17 13:41:08

I agree with BastardBlood. His parents treat him appallingly.

RandomDent Sun 05-Feb-17 13:44:06

Poor Henry. He was helping his brother this morning and his mum still told him off. sad

TinklyLittleLaugh Sun 05-Feb-17 13:57:01

Wow, some of the comments on here are really surprising.

It's discouraged in my house because I find it quite....triggering, for want of a better word. Henry is obviously the family scapegoat, Peter is the golden child. I actually find it a bit heartbreaking. Do some people really not have that take on it?

My kids and DH definitely agree that Henry gets a rotten deal.

teaandakitkat Sun 05-Feb-17 17:27:17

Hmm, I have just deleted 220 episodes of Horrid Henry off the digibox and cancelled their automatic recording for the future.
There's going to be a riot when they realise.

SerialBodenReturner Sun 05-Feb-17 17:30:45

I banned Horrid Henry too. Whether your sympathies sit with him or Peter, neither of them are people I wanted my DCs emulating.

Wantagoodname Sun 05-Feb-17 17:31:43

I feel bad for Henry, he always gets in trouble on accident and is constantly called horrid.

Jamhandprints Sun 05-Feb-17 17:34:17

It is awful, I agree!

pocketsaviour Sun 05-Feb-17 17:37:08

I hated it, luckily my DS did too.

He did however enjoy "Ed, Edd and Eddy" which was on cartoon network in the early years of this century. I had to ban that after he started mimicking the very aggressive speech of one of the eponymous characters.

originalmavis Sun 05-Feb-17 17:37:49

I thought he was a little shit. All the kids are pretty horrible in those cartoons.

I wasn't too impressed when someone gave DS a copy of the Beano and the storyline was around one kid being on the receiving end for bring effeminate and playing chess - oh and being smart at school. Is it just me or was it like this in the 70s?

foxyloxy78 Sun 05-Feb-17 17:41:26

Henry is a boy misunderstood. Peter is far worse. Watch a little closer and you will see that in actual fact Henry is bot a bad boy. His parents treat him dreadfully and clearly show favouritism towards Peter.

originalmavis Sun 05-Feb-17 17:44:34

Nope - brat. As the youngest in a large pack of kids I'm pretty good at spotting the trouble makers and the kids who just want to be left alone!

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Sun 05-Feb-17 17:44:41

I came on to say YABU to stop them reading whatever catches their imagination but no-one's mentioned the books so I'll just let myself out blush

toastyarmadillo Sun 05-Feb-17 17:45:56

To be fair I feel like that about sodding peppy pig, she's a little bitch brat as well!

teaandakitkat Sun 05-Feb-17 17:46:25

I don't mind the books so much, its more his tone of voice and the way he speaks to people on the tv show I hate. And my kids are starting to copy him so it has to stop.

Pettywoman Sun 05-Feb-17 17:51:45

I don't mind it. I feel sorry for Henry and he's quite resourceful even if he is naughty.

bumsexatthebingo Sun 05-Feb-17 17:57:09

I think rather than banning it I would explain to them that Horrid Henry is a character who doesn't behave particularly well and it's fine to watch it but it's not fine to copy his behaviour. And that if they do copy it then they are showing that they aren't really old/sensible enough to know not to. Kids will always come across 'naughty' characters on the TV, in books and on the playground. You can't stop that but you can teach them to take responsibility for their own behaviour.

bumsexatthebingo Sun 05-Feb-17 17:58:38

Obviously if the copying continued they would need to have a break from watching it.

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