Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Maisie has been on quite the Curious George kick lately. Oh Curious George, you are not my favorite. The show stresses me out because every episode George ruins/breaks something, tells lies, generally makes a mess of things and to top it off is intelligent enough to go to the moon or on an Antarctic excursion, but not smart enough to follow simple rules or know "better". Not to mention he never gets corrected or placed into time out. He gets away with whatever havoc he's caused simply because he's cute. Ok, I have gone on a tangent here, but I digress, I just really REALLY don't like the Curious George show.

Anyway, Maisie's George watching started out innocent enough, but before we knew it Maisie was portraying some interesting and uncharacteristic behavior. Her language seemed to regress. She would make strange noises instead of using her "big girl words". One particular noise she would make would drive me absolutely insane. I don't know how I would even describe the noise in written form, but if I have spoke with you in person or over the phone rather recently, you more than likely know the noise in which I speak of. It's a disappointed noise like "awww" but in an extremely whiney tone. Maisie randomly started making this noise to anything that she didn't like.

It's nap time. awww
TV time is over. awww
Time to go home. awww
Time to get out of the bath. awww
Bed time. awww

BUT then she started making the noise to everything. Even things she liked. It. Drove. Me. Crazy. Austin finally one day asked me "Do you not like it because that's the sound Curious George always makes?" It clicked. YES THAT'S EXACTLY WHY!

 It wasn't just Maisie's speech regression though. She thought that she wouldn't have consequences for wrong actions. I understand this is partially a toddler thing in and of itself, but it wasn't setting a good example seeing someone (does he count as a someone?) make wrong choices or purposely disobeying and not even get the slightest disapproval from the "parent".

So that's why we made the decision to cut out George. Cold Turkey. It was hard on Maisie because she was used to watching a couple episodes a day, but we kept her busy. Some days she will still ask for it, but we have officially switched to the mellow and parent friendly show "Kipper". Who doesn't love a dog with a British accent right? Plus Maisie singing the theme song? Too dang cute.

On a happier note, we still read the classic Curious George books. In one called "Are You Curious?"(Maisie's favorite) Curious George actually gets a time out and Maisie loves knowing she's not the only one who needs them from time to time. She even tells George "It's ok George. Wait for the timer to ding".

So Curious George in book form is great, the PBS show? Not so much.


  1. Laughing! Ok I know I'm commenting on everything you write all at once, which may be creepy, but I haven't checked blogs for awhile ;)

    We seriously just had the same thing happen with Rugrats and Westly. He thought the talking babies were hilarious, and he was old enough to know better than to copy Angelica, but we still had a LOT of talks about her being a "mean girl" and a "bad friend" and "don't copy her". he agreed and I thought we were golden.
    Then he started stealing and lying about it. My sweet, responsible son who loves God and his family! We were trying everything to make him stop, I was on the phone with my mom for ideas, and nothing worked. He stubbornly lied even when I told him I knew he was lying! It wasn't until he growled "I can do whatever I want!" that we made the connection. And cut Rugrats the day. Forever.
    We are two weeks Angelica detox now and I'm pleased to say all of it has stopped!
    Good job picking up on the things that were a negative influence on your baby, Sammie! You are a great mom!

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