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Kristen Howerton is a professor of pyschology and mom of four children within four years via birth and adoption. She's been blogging at Rage Against the Minivan as a coping skill since 2006. In the spring of 2010, Kristen lost her long and passionate battle against the minivan. It now sits in her driveway covered in crushed cheerios and remnants of her self-esteem.

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10 Disney Television Shows I Don’t Mind Watching

By Kristen Howerton |

At the Howerton home, watching TV is not something we just do without thinking. Mark and I are serious about limiting our kids’ screen time, and I’ve blogged in multiple locations (Rage Against the Minivan, Huffington Post, here at Babble) about how we negotiate screen time. The point is, we don’t just want our kids watching any TV show whenever they want. Part of it is because we don’t want them staring at technology all day rather than interacting with each other or us. The other part of it is that lots of children’s television is just intolerable. It makes me stabby.

But as most parents know, kids’ television has come a long way from Thundercats or the Smurfs or whatever passed for Saturday-morning TV when we were kids. When my kids stream or watch a Disney show, I often find myself getting roped into it along with them. So rather than another parenting post railing against kids these days and TV, I thought I’d offer something more positive: a few of the Disney shows I happen to like. We don’t watch any of these religiously—the kids don’t watch anything religiously—but if they happen to choose one of these for their screen time, I don’t really mind.

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10 Disney Television Shows I Don’t Mind Watching

Lab Rats

Completely unrealistic, silly, sci-fi for kids. And I pretty much hate sci-fi anything. But this show has a lot of humor to it, with great one-liners, physical comedy, and enough hilarious facial expressions (thanks to Tyrel Jackson Williams' Leo) to keep my boys laughing. Plus, it stars former Talk Soup host Hal Sparks! And Will Forte as the sarcastic voice of the smart-home computer system that controls the house...and hates the kids. I'll always give sci-fi silliness a pass when you add Will Forte to it.

(New episodes Mondays on Disney XD)

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