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Lately it’s been impossible to do anything without a little shadow. I can’t remember the last time I could walk out of the room without screaming, tiny footsteps racing after me. Heaven forbid I actually leave her out of all my fun, like putting laundry away or going to the bathroom. I can’t even get on the computer to check Facebook the weather without two tiny fists attempting to bang on the keys.

So, I had to get creative. I discovered her kryptonite: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. She HATES (read: screams at) Dora the Explorer, Blues Clues and anything else that doesn’t have squeaky voices and big round ears. If I need to make a phone call, play Words with Friends pay bills or take a break before I lose my mind, I put on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and suddenly she’s transfixed. Nothing in the world matters. I can feed her green beans, actually leave the room for a second, or a bomb could go off and the girl wouldn’t blink. Now, I do feel a little guilty when I see that slack-jawed trance, but c’mon, girl can outlast me any day, any time! Things need to get done and you gotta do what you gotta do, short of locking your child in a dog crate (not that the thought has ever crossed my mind).

There you have it, mommas. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is your best friend. Much better (and cheaper) than all the expensive toys and books that, if they don’t end up broken or lost, become forgotten friendships that fade faster than a Kardashian marriage. I will warn you, there is one hazard: the damn “hot dog song.” I don’t know if there is any tune in the world so addicting. It burns into your brain and anytime anyone mentions a hot dog or says “hot” or “dog,” that song will play over and over in your head until you fall asleep or get drunk. I recommend both, just to be safe.

If you haven’t discovered your child’s Achilles’ heel, give it a try. When the novelty of these mice wear off though, I’m going to need some other ideas. So please, do like your momma taught you and share yours.

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  1. Cate Salinard says:

    Mason’ s addiction is Elmo’s World. Putting it on every morning at 7:40 is the only way I can get ready for work. Mason has trained me to get ready in exactly 20 min (the exact length of Elmo’s World)… If I take one second longer he throws a temper tantrum.

    • Momma on the Rocks momma on the rocks says:

      I feel for you! I’ve been avoiding Sesame Street like the plague just because Elmo’s voice drives me nuts. I fear we won’t escape the obsession with him in our house.

  2. Chase seems to be mesmerized by any cartoon on TV especially on Nick or Nick Jr. Heaven forbid I walk in front of the TV screen and he’ll actually look around me like to be thinking “mom! get out of the way”!.

  3. Cate Salinard says:

    Mason is the same way with Nick Jr. When I try to talk to him while he is watching he literally pushes my face away AND if I turn off the TV he walks over to it and turns it back on.

  4. My children LOVE Mickey Mouse and have for years. My now 4.5 year old started that trance when she was about 2. It was the ONLY show she would sit through. And yes, HOT DOG, never leaves your brain. Visiting from SITS forum.

  5. Cool idea

  6. I just came across your blog and really like it … you have my brand of humor. 😉 My 8 1/2 month old loves Mickey Mouse Club as well. I went on youtube and created a playlist and found all these full length (hour long) Mickey Mouse Club videos. I also found a few classic (Winnie The Pooh, Cinderella, 101 Dalmations, etc.) movies that I don’t mind her watching and I added them to the same playlist. Now when I need to cook or clean the floors, she sits at the kitchen bar in her high chair with her lovey, I pull the lap top up to her, start her youtube playlist, put the movie up on fullscreen, and she contently watches her videos and me and let’s me do what I need to do. Every now and then I hear her giggling at Mickey Mouse (I think he’s her favorite). The playlist is several hours long, but we rarely get through 1 movie before she’s ready for a nap. I can just pause the playlist, and hit play when she’s ready to do it again. I don’t spend a dime on dvds. Of course, that may change as she gets older, but for now it works great!

  7. Melissa Monroe says:

    I understand your dilemma… my grandson is the same way, but his magnet is Blues Clues… When it’s not on… I can’t get anything done without him screaming to the top of his lungs an eardrum piercing scream! None of my kids did that, so I’m at my wits end with that trait… it must be from his father’s side of the family…LOL
    Because it surely didn’t come from mine. Blues Clues!!!

  8. My Little Man likes Mickey Mouse (in fact he is watching it as I type this), but he is a Blue’s Clues addict. He absolutely dies If I won’t let him watch it. We are talking meltdown mode.

    • Momma on the Rocks momma on the rocks says:

      Sounds like my little diva! When Mickey ended today, she got up all upset and started saying “no no no no!” These kids…

  9. Caillou is my little dude’s show, but I totally know the “hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity-dog” song! Once it enters your brain, it never leaves! (So glad you linked this up over at #findingthefunny!)

  10. Momma on the Rocks momma on the rocks says:

    Hi Kelley! Thanks for posting the link up! So many funny bloggers out there. And thanks for stopping by. Oh boy. I really need to stop watching Mickey.

  11. It’s Wonder Pets at my house. I can’t wait for them to grow out of it. I’m pushing for Blue’s Clues just to have something new. I secretly like Mike the Knight…..but none of my kids like it. Just me…/sniff /sniff

  12. Oh DANG YOU! You just HAD to mention that stupid Hot Dog song, and now it is stuck in my head! Oh my goodness!

    My boys love this show! And it’s been a nice hiatus the last few months I’ve been able to not have to listen to that song. I do admit it’s a cute show; but that song can really wrack on your nerves.

    Instead, my daughter is addicted to My Little Ponies. that song gets stuck in your head too and I”m not sure which is worse. lol.

    But I SOOO hear you about needing to get things done. IF I don’t have My little ponies playing, I can’t get ANYTHING done. I sometimes feel that guilty feeling but then I think “do my kids need clean clothes? Do they need to eat?” YES they do. And that’s when I turn on the my little ponies; so I can actually make dinner and get some laundry done. Otehrwise, my daughter is right there with me, begging me to cuddle her (which I can never say no to).

  13. Odd as it may seem – my son’s is coupons! My daughter’s are way to many to mention – she offers me plenty of options!

  14. My daughter is not into TV. I’ve tried! But I have a shadow whether I turn the TV on or not. So I’m still searching… 🙂

  15. My son share’s the same kryptonite. i use it to take a shower. very useful tool! 🙂 thanks for posting, you always make me feel more normal… haha

    • Momma on the Rocks Momma on the Rocks says:

      Oh yes! If we didn’t have Mickey, my husband would probably be walking around with a gas mask on. Yikes!

  16. I am laughing out loud at your post!! It is SO TRUE that you have to find that addictive show just to get 20 minutes of productive time to yourself. With my son it was the wiggles. Now that he is 10 it is spongebob. LOVE your post!

  17. When my children were little I had the same problem. They both loved Mickey Mouse..

  18. It’s funny how kids pick ONE THING and they are just fixated on it! For my daughter, it was Cookie Monster, until Barney {bleh!} came along…then Blue’s Clues {which is WAY better than Barney!}.


    • Momma on the Rocks Momma on the Rocks says:

      Oh I LOVE Blue’s Clues. So cute. But we don’t get Nick Jr. THANKFULLY Barney is no longer popular! You poor thing!

  19. Bub was that way when he was 2-4 so I completely understand because Mickeys Clubhouse saved me too!

  20. My baby is too little for TV shows so no favorites yet.

  21. This is so true. I can hear the hot dog song in my head. My daughter was addicted and now at 21 months, my son is in love with it too. Hot dog..Hot dog..Hot diggitty dog. I can go to sleep with it!

  22. My son is the same way. He tries to destroy the laptop if I touch it. He threw dog food at me last week when I touched my phone… I too rely on Mickey Mouse to save the day. Maybe Moms should band together and form a new Mickey Mouse Club… 🙂

    • Momma on the Rocks Momma on the Rocks says:

      That’s a great idea! Moms of Mickey addicts! I’m still laughing about the dog food throwing though. That’s too funny!

  23. My baby just turned one and I havent introduced him to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse yet. I will now! Cute article thanks

  24. So glad I am not the only mom who relies on the mouse for a few moments of quiet. I actually put a couple episodes on my iPhone. Mickey stops any public tantrums dead in their tracks!

  25. So glad I am not the only mom who relies on the mouse for a few moments of quiet. I actually put a couple episodes on my iPhone. Mickey stops any public tantrums dead in their tracks!

  26. My 13 month old LOVES COMMERCIALS. I have no idea where she got this from but she will be happily messing my house up and when it’s time for the commercials to come on she’s in a trance. Commercials go off and it’s back to terror. Be thankful you get more than 5 minutes of peace at a time!

  27. has a link to short sections of Sesame Street episodes in a playlist. The playlists change periodically (really just rearrange I think) and are short enough to keep the kiddos attention span. My 20 mth old little girl has me trained to keep the cursor star on the next video so she can hit the laptop mouse button and switch videos herself!

  28. My 5 year old daughter is OBSESSED with Doc McStuffins & Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Thankfully she is now over her Little Einsteins phase!

  29. I’m able to enjoy coffee in quiet when I play a Laurie Berkner Band DVD.

  30. All my kids LOVE my little ponys friendship is magic on netflx or the hub. My 8 year old girl and my boys 5 and 4 as well as my 14 month baby girl not that she gets to watch tv much. All my friends kids love it as well boys or girls. But the song it like micky mouse it get stuck in your head. I just found your blog and love it!

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