Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I need therapy



So, most people who know my family know my child's obsession with Caillou. It is an addiction, really. We record it on our DVR because Dylan likes to watch it at very random times (and I have to admit, Caillou is an excellent babysitter while I take a shower/put a load of clothes in/or check my email). Well, I have always been annoyed by Caillou... his whiny voice, his lack of manners, he is four and still bald... does he have a medical condition or what? What is up with the hair thing?

Anyways... back to my point. Caillou is annoying, yes. But my children love him. In fact, Dylan started telling us things he used to do when he was "little". Well, we started to realize that Dylan's stories were a little more than a 3 year old imagination. They were things that happened to Caillou. I can look past that, too.

My new annoyance with this show is that I am starting to compare myself to Caillou's mommy. Why? I don't know. It is disturbing, honestly. I start to feel guilty that I can't pretend to be a doctor while I put a band aid on his knee after he gets hurt. Caillou's mommy does it. I do have a 1 year old at my feet, screaming at me or trying to open the band aids or honestly he was dunking his toys in the toilet while I am trying to console a frantic 3 year old that screams when he sees his own blood. So... needless to say, I wasn't pretending to be a doctor while I tried to bandage my son. I was yelling at my 1 year old, pleading with my 3 year old to stop screaming and trying not to break into tears out of pure frustration with myself.

I think I need therapy. After all... she isn't real! She is a cartoon! I tell myself that every time I think, "What would Caillou's mommy do about this?"

11 comments:

Cyndy Christiansen said...

YOU seriously need more than therapy....... I'm looking into an inpatient program..... HOLY SMOKES!

the best's said...

Thanks for the Support!

Maggie said...

Heidi, that is hysterical. Whenever Connor whines we call him Caillou. I really don't let him watch that show for just that reason....there is enough whining from Connor without hearing Caillou. I can empathize with you but I do think you are a way better mommy than Caillou's mom. You live in the real world..she's a made up Canadian cartoon. ;-)

the best's said...

I know, when it is on I am constantly saying things like, "Now is that the polite way to ask, or was Caillou being rude?"... or "Caillou isnt acting like a big boy, is he? He sounds like a little baby."... Dylan gets so annoyed with me, but I seriously can't stand hearing Caillou's voice sometimes!

csperriton said...

This is so true about Caillou. I really can't stand the Doodlebops for some reason. Averie loves it so I always have to trick her out of watching it. By the way, I feed my kids spaghetti os about three times a week (I buy the Sams size). This may be frightening considering I am a nutritionist! Don't feel so bad, just do what works! :)

the best's said...

I do feel better now that I know a nutritionist feeds her kids the same thing. Thanks! And the Doodlebops are frightening. My husband wont watch them at all because he is so freaked out by them. Not as bad as the Teletubbies, though!

Laura said...

OK Heidi this cracks me up. The other day I was telling Aaron that we need to adjust our tone like Caillou's parents. They NEVER raise their voice!!

the best's said...

True, but they are not real parents! They aren't in the heat of the moment, remember. Thats what I tell myself.

Amber, Dan, and Fam said...

I can not stand Caillou either. Thank goodness my kids don't watch it. The one they love that I can't stand is Dragon Tales. But I would even take that over Caillou any day. lol

Love you blog btw. Good song choice. I love Coldplay. I found it off of Molly's. You are welcome to browse ours as well, if you want. :D

Scott and Becky Burdick said...

Ok, I don't know what this Caillou show is yet, but I will consider myself warned for when Julia is older. It sounds bad :)

the best's said...

Yes, consider it a warning. We love it because it keeps them entertained for 30 minutes, but we hate it because if you are caught having to watch/listen to it... well.. it will drive you crazy. :)Not as bad as Barney, though.