So I was recently sent a link to a blog post that dealt with the subject of everybody’s favorite toddler, Caillou, or as Xander calls him “Tie-U.” Apparently there is a whole network of parents that are totally against Caillou. The emotions and opinions are pretty strong (note to self: the three things you don’t’ talk about: religion, politics, and Caillou), you people do realize he’s not real right?
The main complaint is that “Cailou is a whiny douche bag,” but as provocative and poignant as that statement may sound, I’m a bit confused. Hello…McFly anybody in there (yes, I just used a Back to the Future reference), kids are whiny! I know whiny kids, I’ve seen whiny kids, and parents continue to churn them out in record numbers. So in my opinion, Cailou is a totally accurate representation of reality.
I know it’s hard to realize or even admit just how whiny our own kids are, but I hate to tell you this, they are. If you don’t believe me, just ask another parent the next time you’re at the park or the mall playground. “Hey you see that kid in the Spider-Man tennis shoes, does he seem particularly whiny to you?” *
Me and Xander happen to love Caillou, yes, you heard right, I just put the “L” word next the “C” word. Caillou gives me a good half hour in the morning where I can finish the dishes, make and enjoy my coffee, and prepare Xander’s breakfast snack. It’s one of the few breaks that I get during the day, because once Caillou is over, the day begins with the “constants.” Constant entertainment, constant attention, constant….something.
I know I may be in the minority, but I will remain a dedicated Caillou fan. I would say to Caillou “Keep your head up and keep on keeping on.” (Not sure why I need to say this since you won’t be able to appreciate it anyway seeing as you are…ANIMATED.) Haters gonna hate.
*I do not assume responsibility for any brawls that break out as a result of the other parent’s response.