As I’ve unfortunately watched, most children’s TV sucks for parents. Either I find the characters too annoying or there’s way too much going on for me to follow along as a casual viewer.
One kid series I don’t mind watching is “Yo Gabba Gabba!” The series does a fab job mixing live action, puppets, music and celebrities along with on-screen visuals that are reminiscent of retro video games and TV shows to create entertainment that’s fun for both kids and parents.
My daughter is in a cute phase right now where she wants us to “sing” nursery rhymes together. Really what she means is that she wants mommy to sing and she just watches me closely and mouths along to the words. Therein lies my problem. I’m a bit – okay, a lot – rusty with the words. Some songs I have down pat like “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” or “Itsy, Bitsy Spider;” others I vaguely remember such as “Baa Baa Black Sheep” and “On Top Of Spaghetti” and even ones I’ve never heard before like “The Ants Go Marching.”
I suggested to The Hubs that it might be a good idea to get a CD or to download some children’s music so I could learn the songs with our daughter since she seems to enjoy them so much. He wasn’t too thrilled at the prospect of having to listen to some of the horrible kiddie music being peddled around out there, but when I mentioned Golden Records, he was into it.
Oh the joys of summer! As we get ready for our annual beach vacation, I’m making sure that The Hubs is loading up the iPod with lots of great music to help set the mood. Chances are most people have a song or songs that remind them of summer. I certainly have my favorites; mostly they’re tunes from when I was growing up. Hearing those songs instantly take me back to a carefree time in my life where my biggest decisions during the summer months either revolved around what toy to play with or bathing suit to wear.