Despite its obvious uses (I can pee or eat without 4 hands and arms and legs climbing and grabbing), I've found one major adverse consequence to letting the tv babysit: my children tend to mimic what they have learned, the good, but also the bad. And by bad I mean very, very bad.
Is there any parent out there who does not think that whining is like nails on a chalkboard? Oh I can handle full-on crying and even tantrums, but my god, the incessant, grinding repetitiveness of a child whining will send me over the edge so fast I get whiplash. Both girls have always had a bit of whining (they're two after all) but ever since Kate has been watching a fairly popular and highly-recommended PBS show, Caillou, her whining has increased tenfold. She whines now pretty much ALL. THE. TIME. Asking for milk used to be, "Mama, can I have some milk please?" but has become, "MIIIIIIIILLLLLK! MIIIIIIIILLLLK! MIIIIIILLLLK!"
And although this show is pretty good with the pacing (not crazy-busy like Yo Gabba Gabba or Spongebob) and has good messages about sharing, etc. I have a huge, huge problem with Caillou's constant whiny voice. I have an even bigger problem with the fact that Caillou's long-suffering parents never say,
Funnily enough, when googling for some examples to show you, an entire thread on Caillou's whining popped right up. Here are a few of the best:
After watching a LOT of the show "Peppa Pig," which features a kid Caillou's age without the neurosis, I now feel like telling Caillou to grow a pair.
Caillou spoof on youtube...love the father's voice-over towards the end!
Caillou's voice is like Chinese Water Torture
Hey Caillou, put a sock in it!
So the search began for a suitable replacement. I brought it up to my fellow mamas at playgroup and, at first, one mama recommended the new show, Doc McStuffins on Disney. By the next week, however, she had retracted it saying, "L is becoming a hypochondriac. Yesterday her tummy hurt. The day before she had a sore arm."
I stumbled onto Bubble Guppies this week and so far, fingers crossed, it appears to be innocuous. So far I've been impressed. The two episodes I've watched featured colors in one and simple math at the supermarket in the other. Each show only tackles one theme but has common elements in each episode like "What's for lunch?" and "Let's go Outside". The bonus for Kate is that she's totally into mermaids (it started with her MerLion from Uncle RyRy and Uncle Paul) and dolphins (on her dolphin shirt from Nana) right now.
And the bonus: no whining.
For those of you wondering, no word yet about when my biopsy will be. I called today and the radiologist was still analyzing my films to figure out the best approach for a core sample. I will call again tomorrow morning. And I will keep calling until I get an answer. I wasn't a Project Manager for nothing.