Petunia loves Caillou. Correction: She loved Caillou. He’s no longer allowed in our house. We initially figured a cartoon born from public television had to do more good than harm, but we finally made the connection between my daughter’s incessant whining and Caillou. As in, he literally taught her to whine. And fear nonexistent monsters with names like Scratchy. And dislike medicine (I’m sure she would have learned to dislike medicine on her own, but she certainly didn’t need a mentor in that arena). It’s not as if she’s ceased whining now that Caillou has taken a permanent vacation from our TV—she’s 3 after all—but on the bright side, she’s no longer showing signs of adopting a Canadian accent.
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