dj lance and the aquabats must be friends

imageIf the title of this post is nonsensical to you, you either don’t have children or managed to avoid the resurgence of skain the nineties. Feel free to skip this post if you so desire.

Have you noticed that The Aquabats are guests on Yo Gabba Gabba a lot? Not that it’s a bad thing. I like the Aquabats. They’re a fun band and have some entertaining costumes. I remember seeing them in concert at UOP in the late nineties. Multiple costume changes during the show, great tunes, great energy. I imagine they’re a good band to keep kids entertained, too. The costumes can’t hurt for this.

I made this observation, because, obviously, we’ve been watching a lot of Yo Gabba Gabba on Netflix recently. A quick wiki search revealed that, in fact, Christian Jacobs, the lead singer of the Aquabats, is a co-creator of Yo Gabba Gabba. He and his co-creator wanted to create a show that they could enjoy with their children. Adding to the all star team, I recently discovered that one of the creators of Homestar Runner is a writer and director for Yo Gabba Gabba. If you hadn’t noticed before, Homestar Runner secured a permanent spot on my “favorite links” page long ago. Love.

Don’t think me a bad mom because we watch tv. I was pretty adamant about the “no tv” rule for the first year. Then, we discovered Baby Signing Time (thanks, Karri!). It’s a fantastic sign language program designed for babies and toddlers. C already knew some basic signs that I’d taught her, so by the time we started showing her these DVDs, around a year old, she ate it up. Lots of great music, bright colors and action (and don’t let the high price tag of the full package scare you off, we did just fine with just the DVDs by watching with C and learning the signs along with her, making it “together” time).

Once we made our way through the first four Baby Signing Time DVDs, and had watched them each at least a hundred times, we ordered some of the Signing Time series. It’s designed for older kids, but C loved it all the same. We got one called The Great Outdoors, which we watched before we went camping last June. While on a hike, C bursts out, “We’re on a trail! We’re on a trail!”, and signs ‘trail’. She was excited not only to know the sign, but to be able to relate the things she’d seen in the video with real life.

I think we have around 15 signing time DVDs all together now. C loves them and we’re happy to let her watch. She knows all of the basic colors, her letters and a whole lot of other signs, much of which I attribute to the videos we’ve watched together.

Signing times has saved us on a few inconsolable nights, too. When C hasn’t been able to sleep because of a bad cold, gas or teething, we’ve resorted to putting on a signing time video, and it’s distracted her enough that she calmed down and was able to go back to sleep.

From there, Sesame Street started feathering in to our watching, turning on PBS in the morning while I put breakfast together. Clifford and Thomas the Train eventually made it in to the mix, too. It just evolved… Netflix has some great streaming programs, and getting twenty minutes to switch out laundry or hop in the shower is critical sometimes. C is happy to sit transfixed while I do what I need to do.

I’m not the mom I thought I’d be, and I’m perfectly ok with that. I turn the tv on when I need a break, and as long as it’s educational and not all day long, I don’t feel bad. I never expected to feel this way. I thought is be much more rigorous about keeping the tv off. I turn on music during the day when we’re playing or doing art work, but sometimes Yo Gabba Gabba is the way to go. Yup, you never know what you’ll do until you’re there.

Lots of links in this post… Wikipedia and otherwise. Check them out and enjoy. And try not to judge. :)

If you caught the first version of this post, complete with it’s egregious typos, my apologies. They’re fixed now. Hopefully I got them all. For some reason they just don’t stand out to me until we’re live. Go figure.

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2 Responses to “dj lance and the aquabats must be friends”


  1. 1 ingrid parmeter January 17, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    None of us is “the parent” we thought we would be. I have always been very anti-violence. Now I “shoot” back at my son and drop down dead on the ground. Who would have guessed? Not me!

    • 2 suzyness February 3, 2012 at 8:24 PM

      I think it’s a good thing to give yourself a break from that “perfect parent” persona you once imagined. I’ve double backed on so many things that I thought were absolutes before having a kid.


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