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Fayette-Mom: Mocking Dora

Posted May 16, 2011

Jennifer Joyner

Something happened during spring break that rocked me to my mommy core.

And no, it was not the constant demand of “What are we doing today?” or the familiar wail of “I’m boooored.” Unfortunately, I’m quite used to those irritating words coming from my little cherubs. (Which reminds me….ask me just how much I am looking forward to this summer!).

No, it was one morning when I was trying to squeeze in some work before departing for that day’s Totally!Fun!Adventure! The television was on, and I couldn’t help but be distracted from the computer by what my kids were doing while an episode of Dora the Explorer played.

They were mocking Dora.

As in …. you know how Dora asks the viewer a question, pausing so that toddlers all across America can shout out the answer from their living rooms? Example: DORA: How many oranges are in the bowl? (LONG, LONG PAUSE). DORA: Did you say three oranges? (PAUSE). You did? You’re right!

Well, my precious little ones were one-upping each other with the most outrageous answer they could come up with. Example: EMMA: One thousand million oranges! (LAUGHTER). ELI: Twenty thirty thousand oranges! (LOTS OF LAUGHTER). EMMA: Zero Oranges! Those are bananas, silly!! (GALES OF LAUGHTER).

Has it really come to this? I mean, goodness knows, I have been prone to mocking children’s program from time-to-time. Watching Barney on a non-stop loop for four years does strange things to a grown-up. But my kids …. they are still kids. Sure, they’re well past the toddler programming stage, but mockery??? Are we already cynical????

I had to remind them that it wasn’t that long ago they, too, were glued to anything Dora and Diego had to say, and I spent many a morning dancing around our own living room, ecstatic that my obviously-brilliant child not only knew how to identify an orange, but could count them as well! It’s a part of growing up, I told them.

They looked at me with blank faces. Then they busted out laughing, refusing to believe that they ever partook in anything so baby-ish. Sigh.

Let this be a warning to you moms of toddlers: Get video evidence now. It will become of great value in the not-so-distant future.

Me? I just recorded my kids watching the series finale of “Suite Life on Deck." Because years from now, there’s no way they’ll believe they ever thought that show was cool.

Jennifer is a mom of two and WRAL-TV assignment editor in Fayetteville. Her food obsession memoir, “Designated Fat Girl,” came out in September. Read more about Jennifer and her book on her website. Find her here on Go Ask Mom on Tuesdays.

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  • missparrothead May 17, 2011

    I'm so glad to hear that you allowed Barney in the house b/c so did I and my kids loved it. So many parents detest him, and my son loved him and really did like to 'clean up".

    Mocking...amazing at how early this stuff occurs.

  • CricketGayle May 17, 2011

    We had to ban Dora and Diego from our house due to the fact that they yell everything they say. Our son was picking up on that and started doing the same thing.

    Of course, he was also getting bored with it as well. I knew it was time to change the channel when he yelled "I KNOW YOU'RE THE MAP!!" after Map sang his stupid little "I'm the Map!" song. Then I had no choice but to laugh when I told him to lower his voice and he then repeated his comment in a deep bass voice. :o)

  • kittiboo May 17, 2011

    HA! Love this! If, I mean, when, my daughter starts mocking Dora, I'm sure she will have learned it from hubby and I. She's only 3 and has already "outgrown" Disney Junior. She prefers Phineas and Ferb (thank GOODNESS) for now. Not looking forward to the Suite Life/Hannah Montana stage...