Nursery rhymes aren’t all pudding and pie

While parent’s are busy controlling the remote to the television when there’s a violent scene going on , and covering their children’s eye when there’s a action scene going on at the movies , their children are busy learning nursery rhymes , some which include violence .Parent’s should know that levels of accidental and aggressive violence are twice as high in the nursery rhymes as  on TV . Being a psychology student ,  i think , Although nursery rhymes are less graphic than TV, imagination could be more powerful .The possibilities they imagine may be more disturbing than having the outcome spelled out 


Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down and broke his crown

Think about the visual scene , a child rolling down a hill and hurting/ breaking his crown i.e his head  .. that would be a lot of blood oozing from his head .. the scene is so deadly.

ImageThen think about Simple Simon , who is a laughing stock, trampled by a cow and pricked by thistles.

Other instances of concern such as deliberately placing a baby in harm’s way by putting his cot high in a tree – in Rock-A-Bye-Baby – could cause distress to a child’s perception of its safetyImage

“Rock a bye baby on the tree top,
When the wind blows the cradle will rock,
When the bough breaks the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all.“

This lullaby hints at quite possibly a very tragic ending.


Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall ,:he had a great fall then it says that all the kings men couldn’t put him together . How gruesome is that ?

Image ring a ring of roses(for the grave),a pocket full of posies (some old traditional thing)a tissue, a tissue (sneezing , we all fall down (DEAD!!!)… it’s scary and it talks about deadly plague. 


Piggy on the Railway
Picking up stones;
Down came an engine, 
And broke Piggy’s bones. ‘Ah !’ said Piggy,
“That’s not fair,”
“Oh !” said the engine driver,
“I don’t care !”

imagine a running train just hitting someone , and saying it really doesn’t matter , and why would a nursery rhyme tell a child it’s alright to pick up stones an a railway track ?


“Sticks and stones will break my bones , but word’s will never hurt me ” , Could there be a bigger lie than this ? i can’t believe this what i was taught . So while you’re out there reading a nursery rhyme to your child , i hope you don’t forget to tell them ” Words can cut like a knife , but they can also heal ”  . And we wonder why our children don’t understand labelling another child is wrong , cause they were always taught word’s dont hurt ..duh !

I’m not saying T.V is harmless , well with a wink and nod , you can’t blame a child’s violent behavior only on the television .Well a head’s up if you raising your child and teaching the same nursery rhymes we were taught !


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