Who is Caillou?
This is Caillou.
But deep down in the depths of my very soul, I have come to despise this bald cartoon boy.
"But, Sarah!" you say. "He's only a 4-year-old little boy! He's not even real and he's actually a good role model for kids."
To this I say NO!
He is annoying. He is whiny and his family situation is completely unrealistic.
First of all. His name. His name sounds like Gwenyth Paltrow, Mariah Carey and some other stupid human being who wanted to name their spawn something "original" got together and just chose something at random. P.S. I think the names Apple and Morroccon are atrocious names for children.
Now, I have a different name for my child, but his name has a heritage and strong meaning behind it.
I also took the time to try and discover the meaning of Caillou's name and couldn't find anything. So, it just appeared out of nowhere.
Secondly, this Caillou is a whiny as all heck child. If he doesn't get his way he WHINES. In a perfectly pitched whine voice that makes my skin crawl. So basically, this kid is teaching mine how to whine. I seriously get the chills when I hear him go "Mommy" in a whiny voice (not my child. Caillou).
Third, I read something that stated Caillou "displayed realistic reactions" to situations. No. Some of the things Caillou does I could have prevented with my eyes closed. And, there's nothing realistic about parents who smilesmilesmile all the time and seem to have an almost aloofly calm manner to approaching their childrens' situations. There have been times when I've wondered if Caillou's parents aren't...dare I say it...engaged in the throws of a marijuana fantasy.
I'm totally against raising voices at your children in any situation, but the manner in which Caillou's parents handle the discipline and occurrences on the show is just...creepy.
Plus, he's FOUR-YEAR'S- OLD. Shouldn't he have hair already!?
So there you have it. My child adores Caillou. I rarely let him watch it. He still adores it when it comes on.
I just can't figure out why so many children are drawn to this show...but I understand that many of the parents who children watch this show can't stand it.
I guess I'm just one of many.