Today I’m pleased to welcome a guest post from Kerry Rivera, who blogs at Breadwinning Mama. Welcome, Kerry!
I can live with Dora, but Swiper is doing some damage in our house.
For those of you not familiar with the infamous Dora the Explorer show designed for our precocious preschoolers, Dora typically sets out on some journey to get to a desired location – school, the rain forest, a friend’s house – you get the picture. She uses her trusty “backpack” and “map,” and in 20 minutes she always succeeds with her plans, concluding with a dance and song celebrating, “We did it!”
Beyond the star of the show, Dora has a cast of characters, including the sneaky villain, Swiper the Fox. Basically he is a little kleptomaniac who always tries to steal away Dora’s goods. The items are ultimately returned, but he likes to add a little turmoil to the plot. In short, he’s trouble.
Generally there is a sweet little message embedded into the cartoon about teamwork and sharing and getting far in life because you know your ABC’s and numbers.
Good stuff, and hopefully some of it is sticking with my little two-year-old.
But she has also come to pick up on a not-so-nice trait from the show. She’s in love with Swiper! Yup, she’s already drawn to the “bad boy.”
For example, last night, she hid the TV remote and then cackled, “You’ll never find the remote now, ha ha ha!”
She also likes swiping our iPhones, her older brothers’ toys, and food from the pantry.
The way she throws out these one-liners is kind of cute, but should I be disturbed that she elects to model the behavior of the villain?
I take full responsibility. With my first-born, we had strict rules about “No TV.” But, my daughter is kid No. 3, so things have relaxed. She watches cartoons with her brothers, she’s seen Star Wars battles and she’s probably caught glimpses of my reality shows. Yup, Mother of the Year here!
Still, I thought Dora would be wholesome and safe. But I think my little girl has sass and smarts. She clearly picks up on things quickly, including the concept of stealing and hiding things.
Thanks Swiper, thanks a lot. Now, I’ve got to hunt down some missing items.
Do your kids like a cartoon character that surprises you?
Kerry juggles a full-time marketing job, husband, three young kids, an overly-energetic puppy, and a LONG commute on Southern California’s finest freeways. Squeezing in exercise is a must, and she loves to curl up with a good book. As she says, “Life is chaotic, but sweet.” You can find her blogging at Breadwinning Mama and tweeting as @breadwinningmom.