Rayna is done with preschool for the whole summer, and I’m already kicking myself for having ever taken school days for granted. Since baby Marc is still taking a morning nap, I would have a little window of time to get stuff done, and could grocery shop and run errands with only one youngster in tow.
So now I’m wracking my brain for fun things to keep us busy and trying to not get too overwhelmed with the summer thing. Despite the lack of comments (cough), I’ve had some of you mention my “going to the beach is hard” post and you all agree with my points…thanks for that! It had actually created a little kerfluffle between me and my husband. He thought that it was a whine fest. But hey, everyone is allowed to whine once in a while, right?
So that leads me to the the ultimate whiner: Caillou. I’ve heard people complain about Caillou before, but we never really watched a lot of it. Recently, however, Rayna has fallen in love. Every minute she wants to watch Caillou (he’s available 24-7 on Netflix, and she knows it). We have been letting her watch a little here and there, and I didn’t realize just how much it was influencing her.
One of the upsetting things that Rayna has been doing lately is 1. throwing a big scene at bed time and 2. waking in the middle of the night. Waking in the middle of the night!!! That is THE. WORST. Nothing is more jarring than being shaken awake by a little figure in the dark and having to march her right back to her bed. I thought it was just a random thing (it seemed to happen after Disney, so I blamed it on her loving sharing a room/bed)…Until I was watching a Caillou with Rayna.
In this particular episode, Caillou wakes up in the middle of the night and throws a fit for seeing “shadows.” Of course, his perma-patient mom is caring and concerned, not jittery and pissed, like anyone would be. I nearly lost my mind. I was like “that’s it!!!!!!!!!! No more Caillou!!!! He’s teaching you bad things!!!!” And at first she was sad about it. And I felt really bad, like I was depriving her of a good friend. But now it’s been several days and she doesn’t miss it at all. The best part? Since we banished Caillou, Rayna hasn’t tried to bug us in the middle of the night. YAY!
So now I can be added to the troops of people who don’t let their kid watch Caillou. Are you a Caillou hater? Then perhaps you’d like this post, which I initially thought was so harsh and mean-spirited to an innocent children’s character. Now I’m starting to see the light!