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A chronicle since 2005 of my marriage & move to Brooklyn in my twenties; becoming a mother in my thirties; moving to Pennsylvania and learning to amicably coparent after divorce in my forties while living 3 doors down from my ex-husband in a small country town.
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Monday
Mar012010

Hola Amigos!  

I'm fresh off, like, five episodes of Dora The Explorer. Now that I'm feeling better, Violet is sick. Which, as any mother knows, is much worse than when you're actually sick.

I miss sleep. Sleep is nice.

Your comments to my money entry were awesome! I read all of them several times and got some great advice. In fact, someone suggested that because I was torn between paying off my car loans and saving for a down payment on a house, I should just save all the money, that way I can decide what I want to do with it at the end of this year of living with my Mom. So I'm going to do just that.

Back to Dora. I know this is old news to all you parents out there, but what is it about this Dora character that all the kids go bonkers for? I mean, Dora's been on the fringes of my radar, of course. You can't read a "mommy blog" and not be vaguely aware ofm the Dora phenomenon. And as sure as Lady Gaga will be photographed in another "genius creation", Violet is all about Dora. She's not old enough to beg me for a Dora backpack, t-shirt or collectible plate (Princess Diana-style) but whenever Dora is traipsing around our television set Violet quiets down and watches. Sometimes she pops up and down in excitement.

I admit, I was kind of a snob about Dora, hoping Violet would remain ignorant of all her apparently radiant glory. When you told me your daughter was all up in Dora's business I would snottily brag that my Violet isn't really into Dora and don't you find it a bit juvenile? My Violet prefers the subtle, old school humor of Charlie Brown and the gang. And then I would bore you with all the words Violet knows in sign language in the hope that you would feel simultaneously out-mothered and impressed with my obviously superior mothering skills.

Alas, Violet doesn't know jack in sign language and as I type this she is sprawled out on my feet watching Dora explore shit.

Damn. I predict a future filled with Dora chachkis.

Reader Comments (15)

Sofia was a Dora watcher. I too wondered what the fascination was with Dora. Just be thankful that the Teletubbies are not really on like it was when Sofia was Violet's age. I truly believe who ever invented the Teletubbies was on some kind of hallucenginic (sp?) drug when they came up with it.

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFiabug

When my son was little (18 years ago) all the kids were into Power Rangers. I managed to keep him those damn Power Rangers, but a few years later there was nothing I could do to stop the mighty power of the Pokemon. I fucking hate Pikachu.

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRonna

And where in the world are Dora's parents while she is out on all these adventures, may I ask? Hmmmm...

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeintexas

HA! How appropriate is it that EW (ewwww!) is in big bold red letters. I get that it's the name of the site. But still. Funny stuff.

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIDmayday

I can't believe meintexas beat me to that comment.

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteraubriane

Dude, seriously consider yourself lucky she doesn't like The Wiggles. Mine likes The Wiggles and damn if it isn't so cute when he's shaking his little fists saying "Wig wig!" That and the British accents almost makes up for the fact that I would rather have someone scraping a chalkboard with their fingernails than watch another episode. Almost. Don't introduce her to them. Don't let anyone else introduce her to them (such as what happened to us).

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjen

Just be glad she's not into Caillou. That freak makes me want to poke my eyeballs out. So happy my daughter's past that stage.

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal

Calliou is just terrible!!! I hated my daughter watching that show. The kid whines extremely too much. I mean c'mon I don't want a show to teach my kid how to whine!!!

March 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFiabug

Ha! Wiggles are not British, they are Australian. They are the highest paid musos in the country or some shit. If they are everywhere there, they are really EVERYWHERE here. People camp out for tickets. Its ridiculous.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

My kid is a Yo Gabba Gabba freak, and I am very happy about that. Any show that features Biz Markie is OK with me. She also likes Dora, but I want to punch that girl in the throat.

"I need your help!" "Show me where it is!" "Do you know where I should go?" "SAY IT LOUDER!!!"

I know it's set up that way to be interactive but OMG SHUT UP DORA AND DO IT YOUR DAMN SELF.

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjive turkey

My Molly was also a Dora freak. She wore the backpack EVERYWHERE for two years. We finally replaced it with a new one because it got so gross. My son was obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine. Every single Show and Tell day at preschool he took in a different engine. (Yes, we had a small fortune in Thomas...) I prided myself on being the mom who looked forward sending her children out into the world. I didn't cry when I took them to preschool and I only shed two tears as my oldest got onto the bus for kindergarten. BUT--the day I packed up all the Thomas the Train tracks, engines, buildings, etc. I sobbed for two hours. Dora and Boots may drive you crazy, but don't be surprised if you're crying when Violet blows them off. I kind of miss Dora and old Boots; especially when my 6 year old is gyrating to Hannah Montana. Never say never, Monica!

March 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Swiper.....No swipe!!!!

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeith

Nothing will make me forget the time when we took my three year old to see the purple dinosaur's big screen outing, when Barney turned to the (cinema) audience and asked it to really believe a tree trunk could become aeroplane. After a couple of seconds when the tree turned into a plane my daughter stood up and yelled "WE DID IT". The fact that there was only one other family in the cinema somehow made this worse.

March 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeith

I love that my 2 year old is not the only one that loves "pack pack" and Deego (emphasis on the dee). My two sister in laws are all into the sign language stuff and I think it is fine but am not crazy about it. I guess I would rather my child use words instead of their hands! They kind bug me about it.

Yes, I have learned that my kids are not who I want them to be. They are who they are. And honestly, Dora is kind of entertaining! Good job Mom!

March 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaimee

Great posting... keep more post pls...
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March 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSweet

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