• Greg

    is it just me.

    or, does Chuck think he’s a shark in an aquarium

  • http://your-life-is-now.blogspot.com/ SarahW

    I want you to see my new baby! You can see her here: http://your-life-is-now.blogspot.com/
    BTW, she and I listen to Adele. Love her.

  • http://www.littleblueworldphoto.com Valeri

    SO ADORABLE! Get that kid in a dance class ASAP!

    She’s gonna be So Mad! when she’s 16.

  • Liz

    My 15 yo has a Dad born in the ’50s and a Mom born in the ’60s, so she’s very well rounded when it comes to a musical pedigree. Her High School teachers (with whom she can speak to on an adult level about adult subjects) rave about her extensive knowledge beyond booksmarts, so I say Go Leta! We always hoped our kid would turn out to be the next Rosie — well, the Rosie who had her own insanely popular TV talkshow and made zillions of dollars to keep her parents in a style they would very much like to become accustomed to.
    Rock on!

  • SUlly

    So cute!

  • Kate

    Leta is going to hate you for this when she is 14. Simultaneously, Leta, if you are 14 and reading this post and all the comments THIS IS THE BEST VIDEO EVER. You killed it, girl. I so so so so so love this and I cannot thank you, all, enough for sharing it with us.

  • Kasey Z

    My kids love this song too. Leta’s dance is adorable. I like how she’s playing the keyboard too. I highly recommend the CD Snacktime by Barenaked Ladies. They’re kids songs but with enough quirky irony to be enjoyed by adults too. And now, I must stop watching your kid and go see what my kids are doing!

  • http://www.skunkstripe.wordpress.com Megan

    (so glad that video cameras weren’t mainstream when I was a kid and all cute-but-compromising-footage is restricted to my school plays….where I was the ostrich in Peter Pan.


    also glad that the tapes are beta and these days unwatchable. Almost makes me ok with the whole I’m-older-than-video-tape thing. Can that be right?)

    Bravo on giving the kid “normal” music. It is sure to make her much smarter and muuuuch cooler than the other kids. Seriously.

  • Sarah

    If the world is at all fair, someday my life will be like that. Perfection!

  • http://www.lucypants.blogspot.com Megalicious

    LOVE the dancing!

    I also love the Medela supplies in the background.

  • http://www.threerivers.blogspot.com MustangSally

    love the air keyboards!

  • http://mdwestmom.blogspot.com Kelsey

    My four-year-old watched this, said Leta dances like a rock star, and wondered if we could come visit you someday…

  • Staci Magnolia

    Coincidentally, today is my birthday and my middle name is compliments of one of my parent’s favorite songs…..I am so glad music is such a big part of your daughter’s childhood. She will thank you for this someday.

  • katie

    LOVE the blog – and the story… my 3yo is addicted to Kanye West, All-American Rejects and Jason Mraz. (we also FORBID any child type music – just like food – you will listen to what we want and eat what you are served!)

    It’s when she starts singing the lyrics in the middle of Target that I have to worry.

    “When you see my face, hope it gives you hell, gives you hell”

    Oops… :)

  • http://www.smacksy.com Lisa Rae @ smacksy

    Apparently, I am the mother of Leta’s soul mate.
    I hope she likes younger men.
    A serenade, if you will:

  • Anonymous


    Like many a drunk child before her, she is trying to reconcile whether to dance to the music or the lyrics.

    So cute.

  • Sandra

    Why do you sing like Elvis? Leta is adorable and this just made me laugh. “Can we do it again?” Awesome.

  • Alyia

    Precious. One of the many moments you’ve let us see that makes me convinced that having kids is in my future.

    Also, I don’t really agree with those who say your vocal contribution was Western or Elvis-ish. I’m saying Billy Idol. Totally. Were you doing the snarly lip thing? Love it.

  • AmyS

    I love the air piano! You should totally get her a keyboard for Christmas. She could be an indie star by college.

    Little children with good taste in music give me hope for the future. I saw Pearl Jam last night and there was an 7 year old beside me who danced for the ENTIRE show.

  • http://www.talesofmikkimoto.com Becky

    ok even though you have 1.5 million comments, this made me laugh because I am the EXACT same as you guys. I will not let my son, and never have, listen to Raffi or other terrible children music.

    and now he too is OBSESSED with Coldplay. “Lost” and “Viva La Vida” are always on in my car. I finally had to get another Coldplay CD so I could listen to other songs.

  • Katherine

    Leta is pretty much the coolest kid ever. I’d say I want to hang out with her, but in my 24 years, I have never been as awesome as she is right now.

    Additionally, my parents never pandered to me with children’s music, either. I think I turned out much better, saner and more well adjusted because of it… Not to mention more artistically open minded. So good on you guys.

  • Tanya

    I’m just wondering if she has seen the music video a millons times to mock Chris Martin that way? Or maybe her daddy has? lol
    She is adorable!

  • http://ninja-mama.com ninja-mama

    That kid is ROCKING in her pyjamas! Seriously, even I as a grown woman dances to Viva La Vida. Also wanted to add, thank God I’m not the only one thinking that kids cd are a bit creepy.. so yeah kids-tunes are BANNED here (we are a french family, so our kid-music are really annoying!).

    Also-also : your man is ALSO rocking to that song! My man would never be caught alive dancing, even less being VIDEOTAPED doing it, so kudos to him for the moves!

  • http://www.WebSavyMom.com Hokie Deb

    –>I hear you on the Dora thing. Why doesn’t her shirt cover her belly? This bothers me more than the Map, It’s the Map, It’s the MAP!

    My not even 3-year old was singing John Mayer and Dave Matthews in the car the other day. He can learn The Wheels on the Bus at school.


  • http://inherbarefeet.blogspot.com sara

    that child has some serious rhythm. IN HER ENTIRE BODY. and if more parents played actual, real, GOOD music for their children, my job as a music teacher would be SO MUCH EASIER.

    because the kids music that is being made today? is not music. trust me on this, i’ve been through five elementary talent shows now. I KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT, PEOPLE.

    ps. the minute this song is legally arranged and published for string orchestra, my kids will be playing it.

  • Katie Kat

    I COMPLETELY agree with not playing “little kid” music for your kids. We have never played anything remotely child-centered for B, and she doesn’t have the foggiest idea who Dan Zanes or Laurie Berkner or Raffi are. But dang that kid loves her some Foo Fighters! :)

  • http://shoutingforha.blogspot.com Amy

    That was adorable! Thanks for sharing.

    My hubby and I have done the same thing with our boy. Absolutely no kiddy music, well, with one exception… We absolutely love the Mary Had a Little Amp CD, which features songs by REM, Maroon 5, Moby, Dave Matthews and others. It is the only “children’s” music that I can tolerate.

  • Anonymous

    MAN!!!! That child can dance–rock on Leta!

  • Lori

    This video- that’s what it is all about. Kids are amazing- I just love their unbridled happiness. I wish we could bottle it.

  • kelcut

    I adore Leta videos. The kid has good taste in music.

    On another note, you’re on CNN. When I first started reading it, I was thinking, “There’s no way they can’t mention Dooce.”


  • Hazy

    That was just so fabulous. Leta getting her dance on and her family joining her. Just wait until Marlo can be her backing dancer.

  • http://marcoda.wordpress.com marcoda

    We allow very litte kids music (Dan Zanes and They Might Be Giants) for the same “insanity preventation” reasons you’ve mentioned. My four year old is in love with the following three songs: “Istanbul” by They Might Be Giants, “Shut Up and Let Me Go” by The Ting Tings (although she knows “shut up” is a naughty word which makes her ‘singing along’ a hilarious act to watch) and “Kids” by MGMT.

  • Christina


    And you’re lucky… I have to listen to a personalized Elmo cd that has that wretched puppet singing to my child and saying her name about 60 times with the exact same inflection. It makes my ears bleed, and I have no one to blame but myself…

  • michelle

    It is so great when they are young and so into what you listen to, your like you are awesome kid you got such great taste in music. Then they turn 9 and they start to develop their own likes and dislikes in music and by 12 your like what the hell is that your listening too? So enjoy her loving the music you love now because before you know it, you will be what the F*** is that Sh*t you are listening to.
    TURN IT DOWN!!!! I always said I would never be my mother. WHAT HAPPENED???!!!

  • http://daddyscratches.com Daddy Scratches

    Awesome video. She’s too cute, dude.
    It reminds me of the awesome video I recently shot of equally dramatic daughter dancing around my office … which I subsequently discovered didn’t film properly, because the camera, unbeknownst to me, was broken. Turns out it was broken not only during the dancing video … but also during my son’s 6th birthday … and my daughter’s nursery-school recital … and several other events that were all on the same tape … and, boy, do I want Canon to pucker up and kiss my lily-white ass.

    P.S.: There’s nothing wrong with Coldplay. My kids are currently hooked on Kidz Bop. I’d blow the Pope for some Coldplay.

  • Anonymous

    Dora, Dora, Dora, I abhor a!!

  • http://seshat-houseofbooks.blogspot.com/ Lisa

    Love it. I’m a first grade teacher and I’d love to have her as one of my students. I love it when parents “educate” their kids with music (and good old movies too). I’ve had students ranging from a boy who knew and listened to old Jack Benney programs from the radio (his parents did not have television in their home), another who went around the room singing Neil Diamond (not my favorite, but…) and the Beatles…he once was moving here and there around the room putting things away singing Yesterday (“I’m not half the man I used to be.” I’m writing a personal/family blog and have just started a first grade teacher blog…looking forward to posting lots of fun first grader stories. Love yours (I’m also the mother of four daughters…wish I had done what you are doing, but I’m 53 and “it just wasn’t done back then.” Now I’m a cool, hip, boomer.

  • http://www.generaldin.blogspot.com Michele

    Our kids listen to mostly “our” music as well. This means some of their favorite songs are things like “War Pigs” and “Enter Sandman.” They listen to Bon Jovi and King Crimson, and have been know to sing “Thela Hun Ginjeet” at the dinner table. Their favorite song on the radio right now is “Love Story” which they sing at the top of their ever lovin’ lungs. We did capitulate when they were younger, and have a few Laurie Berkner CDs around the house. But no Barney or anything of that ilk. Oh, and a few years ago, we bought the BNL kids’ cd, which I still listen to.

  • http://www.howsoonisnow-brooke.blogspot.com Brooke

    So my first question was going to be where did Leta get those sweet moves, but then that became apparent at the end of the video. Way to go John!
    I know there is a lot of complete crap out there when it comes to kids music, but I’ve found some worth listening to. I blogged about it a few months back if your interested: http://howsoonisnow-brooke.blogspot.com/2008/11/favorite-music-for-kids.html
    BTW, my kids love Coldplay too.

  • http://www.msmoot.com Ms. Moot

    That is killer awesome adorable. Tell that kid to keep it up.

  • Javan

    Excellent! At least she has good taste! And I say this with a straight face…because I can’t stop listening to this song either. When was this tune released? Ages ago, and I’m still listening to it. My kids keep saying, “Mom- again? Why do you like this song so much?”. Being a professional violinist, I can analyze the song and tell you exactly why I love it so much, even though it has the same 4 chords as every pop/rock song. But Leta and I don’t care about the chord progression; it’s a great song and we love to dance to it! Great dancing, Leta!

  • http://katieschorr.blogspot.com Katie

    I hardly ever comment on here because there are always So. Many. Comments. But today I just had to.

    I won’t mention how cute this is (very) or how great They Might Be Giants is for the kiddos (I listen to it even when my 21-month-old is not in the car).

    I just want to say I had a odd reaction to this video… It made me cry. I feel like I’ve watched Leta grow up from a baby who would not put her feet down to this beautiful little amazing individual.

    I hope that is not weird, but it was certainly unexpected, and I wanted to say thank you for sharing your life with us in this way. It’s been a pleasure.

  • http://www.kieshajean.com Kiesha Jean

    That’s one of the greatest videos I’ve ever seen! Made me smile for 3 whole minutes and even laugh out loud around 2:10. Shit, I think it even made up my mind that I want to have/ am read to have a kid. Fantastic, thanks so much for sharing (always!).

    Kiesha Jean

  • Anonymous

    Hi Heather,

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now and I love reading it because you are so honest, encouraging and positive. I look forward to reading your opinions (even though I don’t always agree) and laughing at your adventures. However, of all of your posts that have made me feel like you are helping to make the world a better place today’s was by far the most exciting post I have read! YOU LIKE COLDPLAY! YOU REALLY DO!

    From one die hard Coldplay fan to another, long live the Leta dance!

    Another of your readers in Canada,
    Charissa Heagy

  • http://andothertimes.com Jillian

    (In addition to VeggieTales, which really aren’t all that bad), my son requests Weezer and Blah Blah (translation: The Alkaline Trio and their song Love Love, Kiss Kiss) on a daily basis. I don’t know what I would do if I had to listen to children’s music nonstop. Good for you for introducing Leta to real music.

  • http://www.worldwiderolves.blogspot.com Nancy R

    Ten points for the BIG FINISH! My youngest daughter Eden, who is the same age as Leta, thoroughly enjoyed the dance. She’s a big fan of Leta’s, and Chuck, Coco, and now Marlo. She has no idea who Dooce is, she just want’s to see if there’s any new Chuck pictures.

    Eden recommends Leta check out Say Hey (I Love You) by Michael Franti and Spearhead http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoaTl7IcFs8&feature=PlayList&p=90BAEC9F8CD5204D , and as a bonus for Mom and Dad he’s got a catchy Barack Obama song too.

  • http://www.bellavit.blogspot.com Emily

    Oh my GOD-Chuck walking back and forth in the background is the best part. I’m in hysterics.

  • Ginny

    I love the look in her eyes, like she is completely absorbed in the song. She is in her own Leta-land.

    Hilarious. I have some of these embarrasing videos of myself when I was younger too. Even though you feel like a total loser when you watch them, you secretly love it.

  • Anonymous

    The air piano ROCKS, but not as much as dancing to the BREAST PUMP.
    Mine was proudly displayed in the background of one too many
    photos. LOVE.

  • Kathryn

    The little heads-bowed thing that Jon and Leta do at the end is so adorable. I can’t wait to have kids and educate them on good music. And dance like fools!

    I grew up on a LOT of Paul Simon, and I was pleasantly surprised when “Call me Al” came on at a party last week (I have weird friends) and I still knew all the words.