Our kids may never believe it, but there was a time when we responsible old fogeys were preeeettty cool. We used to hang out with friends, play video games, and be able to identify currently popular dance moves. We sometimes even listened to rap music.
That’s right. Mom and Dad used to be all that and a bag of chips.
Like many parents however, we found that once we had cute little kiddos, with attentive little ears, and impressionable little minds running all around our house, we had to start watching what we were listening to. Which meant that the Straight Outta Compton cassette tape that Andy nervously bought at the mall record shop with his friend Tony back in like sixth grade even though neither of them sufficiently advised their parents that they contained almost nothing but explicit lyrics hasn’t been played in years.
But thanks to our new favorite YouTube MC Wes Tank, all that is about to change.
Continue reading We cannot recommend the Dr. Seuss / Dr. Dre mashup rap stylings of Wes Tank highly enough
A while back, we wrote a review of a Nick Jr. cartoon called Shimmer and Shine. The article was titled “Why ‘Shimmer and Shine’ is not the worst kids TV show ever” – and we meant every single word of it.
But my oh my, how things have changed.
While every episode of Season 1 featured the easy-to-get-behind message that you shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes, Season 2 is a whole different story…
Continue reading Why ‘Shimmer and Shine’ just kind of sucks now
Picture your perfect grocery shopping experience:
You are gliding effortlessly from aisle to aisle, instantly finding each and every item you need. Everything’s on sale, your list is overflowing with deeply satisfying checkmarks, and your shopping cart wheels are completely squeak-free.
Oh, and they’re playing Adele over the store’s loudspeakers.
Yes, this day is a complete and utter dream…
…until your tantrum-throwing toddler turns it into a total nightmare!
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Welcome to another installment of Kid Joke Korner, where the punch lines are plentiful and the spelling is krazy kute!
Because joking around with your kids is seriously good for their development, we like to crack wise with our kiddos all the time.
Each Kid Joke Korner features a real joke set-up that one of our children made up, along with our family’s guesses as to what the punch line might be. See if you can figure out how each joke really ends – or share your own punch line ideas in the comments!
So without further ado, here’s today’s Kid Joke Korner kid joke, “Dueling Pianos,” as told by Our Three-Year-Old Son:
Continue reading Kid Joke Korner: Dueling Pianos
By the time you get to be an adult, you probably have thousands upon thousands of song lyrics bouncing all around inside your brain. And every so often, you might want to belt a few of those lyrics out.
Normally, this isn’t a problem.
Singing in the shower or rockin’ out with the car radio are some of the most widely relatable human experiences we have. Everybody does it – including us parents.
But what happens when the song you’re itching to sing is full of adults-only lyrics – featuring sex, drugs and rock and/or roll – yet your sweet, innocent, adorable, little angel baby is sitting right beside you?
Earplugs are certainly an option. But we don’t think it’s your best bet.
We say you should be able to sing whatever songs you want in front of your kids – you just have to clean up the dirty parts first!
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Our kids recently discovered a new Nick Jr. cartoon called Shimmer and Shine.
Our initial thoughts about the show were:
“Oh no, not another show to watch.”
“The music in this thing is excruciating.”
“Why are these animated prepubescent genie children wearing so much makeup?”
But after overhearing enough fragments of the show ourselves – despite our conscious efforts to block them out – we realized that the show communicates at least one unique lesson that might make our kids’ screen time somewhat worthwhile.
Continue reading Why ‘Shimmer and Shine’ is not the worst kids TV show ever
Let’s play a word association game! We’ll show you a word, and then you say the first thing that comes to your mind. Ready? Here’s your word:
So what did that make you think of? We’re guessing it might have been any or all of the following:
- The Blowfish
- Hold My Hand
- That video with Dan Marino in it
- College dorm parties
- Greatest music of our generation
- Cheesy 1990s pop garbage at its worst
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