Why is Caillou Bald & Other Questions Parents Ask

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One of the most heated debates in parenting circles isn’t about bottle or breastfeeding, co-sleeping or whether parents should work or stay at home. The burning question on parents’ minds has to do with the “kid who’s four.”

It makes sense – we spend countless hours with our two-dimensional friends in our living rooms. Why would we open the doors and invite them in without asking a few questions? Here are the questions I have actually heard parents debate:

Why is Caillou bald?
Everyone else has hair – Caillou’s parents and grandparents, his friends Leo and Clementine, and everyone else in his class. Even his little sister, Rosie, has a full head of red locks. Why is it the main character doesn’t have a single strand of hair? What’s even more strange is that kids who ask “why?” 50 times a day either haven’t noticed or cared.

Why does Daniel Tiger only wear pants at night?
Daniel Tiger isn’t the least-dressed neighbor in the land of makebelieve – O the Owl only wears green sneakers. Considering he’s an animated tiger, I can overlook daily outfit of a red zip-up sweater, but the odd part is that he puts on trolley pjs, pants and all, at night. Is a little consistency too much to ask for?

Where are Max and Ruby’s parents?
These brother and sister bunnies spend all day, every day playing together. They mostly get along, but they have their spats and disagreements. It doesn’t matter what the issue, they’re left to figure it out on their own. I guess since they’re bunnies, their parents could be busy taking care of dozens of other babies.

Where in the world is Adventure Bay?
The Paw Patrol pups save the day around Adventure Bay. As the name suggests, they are near a large body of water with warm, sunny beaches. It appears to be an ocean because there are whales swimming around. However, at the drop of a hat, the pups head off to ski and snowboard with Jake and Everest. Where on earth can you find such weather extremes so close to each other?

Will the Neverland Pirates ever spend their gold doubloons?
At this point, Jake and his crew are really more like hoarders than pirates. Every time they see gold doubloons, they “grab ‘em and go,” and now their buried treasure chest is overflowing. They could afford to spend a few of them, or, heaven forbid, give a couple to ol’ Captain Hook. He could use a kind act.

Where does Mickey’s clubhouse go?
It seems like we waste a lot of time cheering “Meeska, Mooska” and waiting for the clubhouse to appear. Why does the clubhouse have to disappear at the end of each episode and where does it go? What is The Mouse hiding?

WHY IS DORA YELLING?
This show seems to be very educational. Exposing young kids to words in foreign languages is a great idea. But they’ll never retain the words if I quickly change the channel every time I see Dora’s face. Kids yell enough. I don’t need it coming from the TV, too.

Spoiler alert- while researching this article, I found there are actual answers to some of the above questions. If you want to be the know-it-all at the next parents group, go ahead and Google some of these questions. But take it from me, knowing the answer may ruin the fun of a lively debate.

 

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Author: minivancommuter

Alise McGregor is a working mom with two girls. As the founder of Little Newtons, she's passionate about making education the primary focus of child care.

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