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hehe caillou, love the theme song. It's not really a terrible cartoon. My 2 year old watches some tv himself; he likes to listen to the spongebob theme song and ending credits.

Lately, I have been putting him on starfall.com and he's been learning his letter sounds; he rather do that anyway, be on starfall.

but anyway, there isn't anything wrong with tv, as long as it's nothing like king of the hill hehe or simpsons or south park.

Sometimes, I find it hard to watch a cartoon with my children, I guess its me being grown up even though, I do watch the other cartoons listed above!
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Hmmm - maybe I'm the only one who noticed this, or maybe we're just really out there. I don't think of Caillou's parents as AP. The parents practice CIO on Rosie. Ds#1 gets really upsets and tells me that Rosie wants nursing, to which I agree wholeheartedly. He also tells me that Caillou wants nursing whenever he's upset or frustrated. They all have separate bedrooms, and Rosie doesn't co-sleep to nurse away the teething pain. Maybe we're not watching other shows where it's dealt with in another way, but compared to our family, it's a shock to ds#1. He doesn't understand why Caillou goes to school. He wonders where the other mommies are a Caillou's "playgroup" for nursing them. Hmmm... there's not a program in the world that would reflect our family, huh? We're too crunchy for TV. I suspose it's just as well that he hardly ever watches it.
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Caillou is currently DS's favorite show, but he changes favorites every so often and he'll tire of this one eventually.

Caillou's whining doesn't bother me nearly as much as how insufferably patient, tolerant and perfect his parents are. They're always so cheerful and chirpy! They're Stepford Parents! They make John and Ellie Patterson (fellow cartoon Canadians) look like Al and Peg Bundy!

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Only thoughts I have when I see Caillou is "Why is that kid bald?"

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I hate Calliou. My reasons are a bit different from everyone else's though.

1. I hate the way it's always in dream sequence. The outer part of the picture is just white. It's like a coloring book where there are no defined lines for the end of the picture. I can't stand it.

2. I hate the cutesy house with the crown moulding with hearts. It reminds me of that fad of apples in kitchens, or pigs, or cows. It all drives me insane.

3. I hate that it's on PBS or Sprout which both have commercials for things we don't use like Lysol and McDonalds.

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I hate Caillou. DS1 watched it very briefly, and it drove me nuts. I don't think dd1 or ds2 have ever seen it. I don't like his voice - not so much whiny, as just totally annoying. I also don't like the "gentle" parenting. It's totally unrealistic, because they don't have real life stresses. (I remember one where the sister was hiding, and one of the parents was making cookies. The sister went missing or something, so the rest of the family searched the house for her. They found her, and everybody was happy, and they got back to the kitchen just in time to pop a perfect, fresh batch of homemade cookies out of the oven. If all my life crises resolved themselves that perfectly, I'd never lose my temper or raise my voice, either. Let's be real - the cookies would have probably been a blackened mass of scorched crud.) It just grates on my nerves.

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Only thoughts I have when I see Caillou is "Why is that kid bald?"
Because Charlie Brown is bald, and because Calvin (his other model) means "bald."

There was one episode of Caillou that I really liked where his parents were having trouble holding it together. The animation of them struggling to contain their tempers was pretty funny.
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2. I hate the cutesy house with the crown moulding with hearts. It reminds me of that fad of apples in kitchens, or pigs, or cows. It all drives me insane.
I saw a house in Toronto that looked almost exactly like Caillou's house. I always assumed the artist who designed Caillou's house had seen that house in Toronto, and copied it.
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Because Charlie Brown is bald, and because Calvin (his other model) means "bald."

There was one episode of Caillou that I really liked where his parents were having trouble holding it together. The animation of them struggling to contain their tempers was pretty funny.
Charlie Brown is not actually bald, he has flesh coloured hair as can been seen by the outline of his bangs.

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i read through the first page only, so excuse me if i'm repeating!

I keep seeing people saying that Caillou's parent's are gentle- I see them as downright permissive.
I am basing this off of the (mercifully) few episodes I watched while babysitting. Especially one where Caillou had a shirt that no longer fit him, and his mom handed it down to the little sister (awesome.. reusing, budget friendly..) but he threw such a dang fit that the mom took the shirt off the sister and gave it back to him. it didn't fit him anymore and his belly was hanging out. I get that she was trying to show him that too-small clothes aren't comfortable, but what did that teach the little sister? That when Caillou pitches a fit she loses? So she should pitch fits too, and then maybe she'll get her way too?
They seem to just give him what he wants after he starts whining. I get it, all kids whine sometimes. But my ideal response to whining and throwing a fit is not just giving in. I don't think thats "gentle", I think thats permissive and not a good lesson for life.

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i read through the first page only, so excuse me if i'm repeating!

I keep seeing people saying that Caillou's parent's are gentle- I see them as downright permissive.
I am basing this off of the (mercifully) few episodes I watched while babysitting. Especially one where Caillou had a shirt that no longer fit him, and his mom handed it down to the little sister (awesome.. reusing, budget friendly..) but he threw such a dang fit that the mom took the shirt off the sister and gave it back to him. it didn't fit him anymore and his belly was hanging out. I get that she was trying to show him that too-small clothes aren't comfortable, but what did that teach the little sister? That when Caillou pitches a fit she loses? So she should pitch fits too, and then maybe she'll get her way too?
They seem to just give him what he wants after he starts whining. I get it, all kids whine sometimes. But my ideal response to whining and throwing a fit is not just giving in. I don't think thats "gentle", I think thats permissive and not a good lesson for life.
Agreed! I posted on another page (#74) and the two episodes I saw were the same sort of thing.

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Charlie Brown is not actually bald, he has flesh coloured hair as can been seen by the outline of his bangs.
Fair enough. Actually I think Charles Schulz at some point said that his hair was very light-colored and very short (like a crew cut), and there was a strip (also used in one of the TV specials) where Linus described CB's hair to the Little Red-Haired Girl as "kind of blond, I guess." But it's possible that Caillou has the same thing, a pale-blond crew cut.
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Agreed! I posted on another page (#74) and the two episodes I saw were the same sort of thing.
maybe we both managed to see the only episodes where he is totally given free-reign to terrorize his little sister..

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My kids really love watching Caillou. It's one of the two or three shows that my five-year-old will offer when we're chosing a show that they both can watch. I've never seen Caillou terrorize anyone or be really hurtful.
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I've never seen Caillou terrorize anyone or be really hurtful.
i didnt really mean terrorize, i just meant that it seems like his priorities are met first, and even at the expense of rosie's.

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My 2yo recently started watching tv.... it is occassional, but she really seems to like Caillou. I watched it with her a few times and to be honest, I don't really like it. Not that anything BAD happens, but he seems a bit whiney and it is never adressed by his parents in the show.

Does anyone have thoughts on this show?? She hasn't picked up any "habits" from it, and there are some things about the show that seem fine. But like I said, he's whiney and seems to be a bit obnoxious at times....



Any comments? Anyone let/not let their kid watch it?
I do not let my childern watch Caillou because he is very whiney. That show gets on my nerves.
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Fair enough. Actually I think Charles Schulz at some point said that his hair was very light-colored and very short (like a crew cut), and there was a strip (also used in one of the TV specials) where Linus described CB's hair to the Little Red-Haired Girl as "kind of blond, I guess." But it's possible that Caillou has the same thing, a pale-blond crew cut.
Nope, he's bald. Apperently in the books he's much younger then on TV and is there for bald.

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All of my kids have gone through Caillou phases. Right now DD, who is 2, loves Caillou.

He's whiney... but other than that, nothing really bugs me about him. I like how he attends "play school" rather than pre-school.

The whole bald thing is explained on the website. Basically, yes, he was younger...and thus being bald wasn't an issue. Also "caillou" means pebble/stone...and can also mean "bald."

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I feel like Caillou is better than most shows out there for little ones. So I'm ok with it. I don't agree with every single thing on it..I don't like how the kids eat ice cream and cookies all the time, but I really like that the pace is slower and less flashy than other kids shows.

As far as Caillou and Rosie..I have definitely seen episodes where Caillou gets reprimanded for hurting Rosie's feelings, etc. So they do show that part of it too. I just think for the most part, since the show is based on Caillou and what he is imagining or playing or learning, we don't necessarily see alot of the discipline aspect.

I also think he's probably no more whiney than the average 4 yr old, and alot of it, IMO, is the actor's voice playing him. I have noticed though that I like one voice much better than the other. I think it's 2 different actors, right?
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Agreed! I posted on another page (#74) and the two episodes I saw were the same sort of thing.
I saw the shirt episode. I think that's about whether or not to force sharing ;-) which is another topic. Children can't do the "right thing" if they're not also allowed to experience doing the "wrong thing." I actually really liked that episode.

I'm on the fence about the whininess. I do think it used to be worse, and maybe the new actor does it less?
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I like Calliou ... it seems like a decent tv-show. I like that he seems typical and identifiable for my DS who is 4 yrs old and pretty introspective and thoughtful.
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I have noticed though that I like one voice much better than the other. I think it's 2 different actors, right?
The young woman who originally did Caillou's voice died in a car crash.
So tragic.


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The day they visited a farm and caillou discovered that "baby lambs drink from bottles just like rosie!" was the day I shut it off in disgust. I don't remember all the reasons it was getting on my nerves, but that was the last straw. I remember one episode where he had a nightmare and the parents were very non-caring and just forced him to go back to his own bed. Bad car seat usage, whiny kid, detached parents for the most part....not something I want my kids watching.
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The young woman who originally did Caillou's voice died in a car crash.
So tragic.

Oh that's horrible. I had no idea. :

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My DD loves it. Its not my favorite but there are worse shows.

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I can't stand this show. *shudder* My DD used to watch it when we had cable but we tried to keep it to a minimum. Now, she still loves it and my mom lets her watch it occasionally when she's over there. I even consider myself fairly permissive, but this show is ridiculous.

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