Am I The Only One Who Noticed?

Courtney Rubin

This article, entitled Am I The Only One Who Noticed? comes from Courtney Rubin at partner site Embracing the Insanity.

It’s no secret that I despise the show Caillou (and I’m pretty sure that I am not alone here). But, for some unknown reason, my kids LOVE it. I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why! He’s sooooooo annoying (if I could keep typing O’s for a few more lines without becoming annoying myself, I would). He whines about EVERYTHING, even when he’s supposedly having fun! Plus, what’s up with the bald head? He’s 4, shouldn’t he have some hair by now? And, why is he still 4? I have been forced to deal with this show since the late 90′s when my little brother was still young enough to watch Caillou on PBS. I mean, Caillou should be heading off to college at this point, not back to nursery school for the 2 millionth time! And, why do his parents always dress like it’s Winter year round while Caillou and Rosie always seem to have on Summer clothes? (My oldest actually brought up that last point!)

These questions/thoughts are just a few that roam around in my head every time my kids watch that show. Part of me has considered just cutting them off cold-turkey, but there are very few shows that all 3 will watch together so that I can have 20 minutes of peace and since any momentary lapse in arguing = success to me, I weakly give in to the dreaded Caillou and his family.

Recently, however, I have noticed some new episodes on Sprout (and by new, I just mean new to Sprout; I’m guessing they are still probably a few years old) where Caillou’s voice has definitely changed. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still annoying, but not nearly as annoying as he used to be. Has anyone else noticed this? Am I just going deaf in my old age so my ears are deceiving me, or have the creators of the show finally listened to the parents and created a somewhat less-obnoxious representation of a 4-year-old?

Whatever the case, I will take it! Thanks for toning it down a bit Caillou. Now, please head over to the Hair Club For Men and get some plugs and finish your college application ASAP!

If there is a parent out there that actually likes Caillou, please list your reasons here! I am not out to argue, I truly do wish I could embrace this show like my kids since I am subjected to its horrors daily, but I have yet to be shown the way!

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