I admit it. I am a sucker. A mindless consumer trying desperately to try to be mindful of all things "How to raise a ________ (insert awesome characteristic here) daughter." I know there are worse things I could be addicted to but it's so important to
So when you were born I read all the studies about television and media. Turns out the whole thing is a bunch of crap, all of it. There are even stereotypical gender roles in Sesame Street (gasp, I really love Sesame). So I began to face parental dilemma (for TV
Mostly you enjoyed the Pajanimals before bed and in the morning Sesame Street (specifically Elmo) and then you got the black plague of winter 2012 (that lasted into the new year). And your TV watching increased in direct proportion to my exhaustion.
Your Sprout viewing expanded (it's PBS, it can't be bad, right?) You found Caillou. You loved his theme song. You loved when the weird grandma narrator deciphered Caillou's cryptic emotions "Caillou's sad" (says the voice over while onscreen we see screaming, whining, crying Caillou).
Daddy and I thought Caillou's theme song was a little
Since then something took hold in you...
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"Es too har" (it's too hard)
"Es not fair" (the fair's in August kiddo)
As I watched Caillou with you in the morning recently I heard the bald headed tot
One of those recently read tenets of raising a powerful girl (told you I love PBS) popped into my head: "Encourage her to solve issues on her own rather than fixing things for her." Lately every time you said "mommy it's too hard" I would rush over to my poor baby and fix it. "It's not fair" left me trying to reason with you about concepts far above your comprehension.
So I made a unilateral parenting decision (your dad was at work). I sent Caillou on a long vacation. And introduced you to (the early seasons) of Dora. I am glad to see you enjoying a female protagonist who loves to exclaim "We did it!". And in the meantime we are working to deprogram the Caillou right out of you. Sayanora punk.
Of course we will help you if you can't, but we believe you can do it,
title courtesy of a much better theme song !Lo hicimos! We did it