So - did that make you cringe or did you sing along happily?
In our house, there would be several different reactions. My twin boys would probably start jumping around in circles giggling. My daughter would probably sing along and snuggle in for the show to start and my 6 year old son . . . he would probably go find his DSI and curl up on our big red couch - only looking up every once in a while.
My husband, however, would start screeching - "TURN IT OFF!!! NOT CAILLOU!!! HE IS SUCH A WHINER!!!"
In all honesty, I think I've seen a change in Caillou since we started watching it 5 years ago. They dropped the Rexi, Gilbert and Teddy puppets and Caillou is ALMOST bearable now. I say ALMOST because I still can't take him for long periods of time . . . but he does whine a lot less than he did in season 1.
A little background on Caillou - (thanks to Wikipedia for the DL)
- Caillou started out as books written by Canadian author Christine L'Heureux
- Caillou is a regular on PBS Kids Sprout (which we watch A LOT of around here)
- Caillou has a sister, Rosie, who is 2. He lives with his Mother and Father and sees a lot of his grandparents. He also goes to playschool (which is a lot like Preschool, I'm guessing)
- Caillou actually means pebble in French (the language the show was originally done in)
- Not only is Caillou adventurous but he also learns something in EVERY episode
So, of COURSE, it lead me to think about SpongeBob. We have banned SpongeBob in our house and the kids have been totally okay with - all of the kids. I think that telling my 6 year old that his brothers will grow up to be "stupid" (not from me but hey . . . they heard it) really made him concerned and he makes sure it is never on when the babies are around. He also doesn't watch it if it is on while he is in a room. He's really good at just walking out of a room when he doesn't want to watch what is on.
I found an article, "Why Caillou is Better than SpongeBob for Keeping Kids Calm, Focused", that says that Caillou is actually better than SpongeBob because Caillou is realistic and slow paced as opposed to SpongeBob which fast-paced and frantic.
Okay . . . I'll buy it. After all, a lot of 4 year olds are whiny, ask a lot of questions, need things explained several times and have high pitched voices that could remind someone who doesn't have a lot of patience with other people's children (like my husband) of Chinese Water Torture.
So, Caillou isn't going to make the kids "stupid" but is he going to make them whine a lot more?
I couldn't find any "official" study on this but I did find a lot of comments/blog posts, etc. that says he does. There are a lot of parents that don't see why Caillou has to whine so much and I agree. It can be realistic without being annoying. I think of Sid the Science Kid - who doesn't whine but teaches kids great lessons . . . if I had the choice (let's face it . . . once the theme song starts it's hard to change the channel without someone crying) I would rather them watch Sid than Caillou.
What about you? Have a favorite or least favorite kid show?
I would have to say that Little Bear and Blue's Clues (with Steve Burns - because Joe just isn't Steve) are among my favorites.
Oh - and in case you are *ahem* interested . . . I came across this Caillou Drinking Game (which I don't recommend for the AM episodes but totally condone if you are watching a DVD or OnDemand episode with a kid that isn't going to sleep) . . . hubby may just find Caillou a little more bearable after a round of this game! Or he will end up passed out on the couch in no time!