One Katy Mom shares how she uses her kids’ TV favorite as a parenting tool
What is it about these guys?
I skipped the Barney craze and luckily missed out completely on the Teletubbies.Â I did some babysitting and so I knew of them, but I never had a deep understanding of these childrenâ€™s television icons.
I am getting paid back tenfold via Yo Gabba Gabba.Â
In todayâ€™s media driven society, there are so many more choices out there for television for children.Â And, with as much as we limit tv time in our house, weâ€™ve been through a few crazes: Sesame Street, The Wiggles, The Doodlebopsâ€¦ and most recently, Yo Gabba Gabba.
Yo Gabba Gabba has taken my family by storm.Â When my husband and I saw our first episode, we were confused and amazed.Â Why didnâ€™t these people take the time to make costumes with mouths that move?Â Why does Muno have a black zipper down his back when the rest of his costume is red?Â Â Why don’t they care if the wordsÂ rhyme? Â And, the most important, overarching question: Who in the world comes up with this stuff?
For all of our confusion, our children (Avery, 3 Â½ and Kate, 18 months) were in absolute television bliss.Â Kate, who will not sit still for anything, seems to go into some sort of trance when the show comes on. Â From start to remixed ending, she moves less during the show than during any other time of the day.Â Avery loves the show, as well.Â Itâ€™s somehow edgy, in a kid-ish way.Â She sings basic morals to her sister and to herself throughout the day: â€œKeep trying, keep trying, donâ€™t give upâ€¦ never give up,â€ or a recent favorite: â€œDonâ€™t bite your friends!Â Donâ€™t, donâ€™t, donâ€™t bite your friends!â€Â
Iâ€™ve used Yo Gabba Gabba in parenting more often than I prefer to admit.Â At lunch time, I sing â€œTry itâ€¦ youâ€™ll like it.â€Â Â When it is important to remember to share or when it’s bedtime, I have Yo Gabba Gabba songs at the ready.
I can appreciate Yo Gabba Gabba for what it is.Â And I can love it for how still and happy it keeps my kids.Â
Are you a Yo Gabba Gabba fan?Â What kidâ€™s shows does your family enjoy?Â Post a comment!