I have a love/hate relationship with Dora the Explorer. Watching E watch the show is pure joy...she jumps up and down, huge smile on her face, repeating "Say Map" everytime Dora asks her to. Sometimes she points at the screen to show me Boots (the monkey) or Swiper (the cleptomaniac fox), and I know she's trying to share some of her excitement with Mommy.
If you haven't seen an episode yet, let me tell you where the hate comes in...Dora does not speak, Dora screams. In the script, there must be seven exclamation points after every sentence she utters.
"Do you want to help me save the baby star?!!!!!!!"
"Can you say Abuela?!!!!!!! Say Abuela!!!!!!!"
Listen, Dora. I cannot learn Spanish, or any other language with you screaming at me like that. Please, shhhhh. Take it down a notch. And tell your cousin Diego to quiet down, too. The two of you are giving me a headache.