• http://wackymummy.blogspot.com WackyMummy

    Is it weird that I was watching Chuck more???

    My 3 yr old son is into Daniel Powter, Enrique Iglesias, Celine Dion and Counting Crows, among others. I got nothing else to say!

  • Eunice

    Hahaha! Leta rocks! And Chuck looked nervous pacing around in the back. Your family is awesome :)

  • Gerri

    What a superstar! Our 6 and 4 year old walk around singing lyrics from the Stones, Bob Dylan, Crash Test Dummies, Van Morrison and even the Blacked Eyed Peas. It’s great for them and keeps us relatively sane. Leta and Marlo are lucky to have you!

  • http://www.shelbyrosesauls.blogspot.com Beth

    She has GREAT taste in music! That is an awesome song!

  • becks

    I totally thought Roman Catholic choirs were singing… I read this and had to look it up. Is my face red.

  • http://www.onefunkymama.com Lynn

    Too cute and so funny! You are totally right about kiddie music. My kids don’t enjoy it. They actually make fun of Kidz Bop!

  • http://www.petuniatowngirl.com alison

    No Gutafer Yellowgold? No Dan Zanes? bummer.

  • Jennifer

    I also have the “no kid music” rule. And channels like Noggin with their addictive “Yo Gabba Gabba” crap make me want to gag. (Yes, I let my daughter watch it sometimes anyway.)

    I turned on the video of Leta and my 4yo appeared out of nowhere and said, “I love that song mommy!” (Who knew?) LOL

    I agree with the poster who said she dances just like Chris Martin. Too cute. :D

  • http://dienu.wordpress.com Ashley

    It’s okay, I listened to Amy Grant’s “House of Love” on repeat through most of my childhood.

    And then I had a fascination with Barney sing-a-longs and Disney soundtracks… in high school. Leta’s much better off!

  • Jenn

    We don’t do kid’s songs either. I get Elmo’s potty song stuck in my head enough, I don’t think I could bear more than that. My son, strangely enough, has an unusual fondness for Louis Armstrong. I love jazz so it’s fine with me. And we cut a rug like nobody’s business.

  • Penny

    Leta rocks! And I see she knows the same words that all of us do, in other words, almost none of them. Rock on Leta wit yo’ bad self!

  • http://www.armystrongmom.blogspot.com Jillian

    Huh, I thought it was “Roman Catholic choirs are singing…” Guess not! I don’t have the album, but I’m with Leta on this one – that song ROCKS! I gotta blast the radio when I hear it. I generally love Coldplay anyway, though.

  • http://www.laurenandemira.com Emira

    I was raised on adult music by an 80s new wave/punk, former hippie. By the time I was 6 I had been to several punk shows and was intimately familiar with the entire Beattles, Stones and Clash catalogues. And, like someone else mentioned in the comments I also went to a private school and was a serious over achiever. So it seems Rock and Roll just does not corrupt. Oh and the day that Blondie was on the Muppet Show? It was like my world finally made sense.

    I have to suggest Cibo Matto as a great adult/kid bridge. Completely ridiculous lyrics that are great for Leta’s age and yet not totally cringe worthy for the jaded among us.

  • Cory

    Hear hear Heather! Love this! We too raised our son on our music. He’s 10 now and has the same reaction to Viva La Vida. You should’ve seen him at 2 years old when he knew all the words to the “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” soundtrack – that turned a few heads. Keep on rockin’!!!!!!

  • Lisa

    Leta looks like Joy in Motion. Love how she has that sexy shoulder movement going. And Chuck just walks by twice like nothing is going on. A great video to show on her 18th birthday.

  • Ames

    Is she bustin’ a Beyonce move at the beginning there?

  • http://www.geo-sms.blogspot.com geo sms

    She looks surprising similar to Chris Martin when Coldplay appeared on SNL and played that song. :)

  • Shelly

    That is the best 5 year old dancing I have ever seen!

  • Gus

    I loved this! I adore how you didn’t laugh in front of her-even though it would have been a laugh of joy. And of course, Chuck walking thru like this happens every minute of every day around here. Ho hum. You are great parents and Leta is a divine dancer.

  • http://www.diggart.blogspot.com Digg the Art

    We also keep kiddy music away from our almost-2-year-old daughter. I just can’t handle it. I let her watch Noggin & she gets her fair share of animals singing songs during the musical breaks. Any time other than that, my daughter’s favorite song is Cliffs of Dover. She can not hold still when there is a beat to be shaking it to. She & Leta should have a dance party. :)

    but we love

  • http://www.digitalcatharsis.com the mighty jimbo

    apparently, when i was 2, i was REALLY into elton john.

    REALLY REALLY into elton john.

    thankfully, when i was 4, i discovered funk music via stevie wonder superstition on sesame street, and a potentially very awkward conversation with my family was averted.

    however, this may still explain my fetish for designer eyewear and ridiculous man blouses.

  • http://mymonavie.com/heart286 M Miller

    Nothing wrong with letting them listen to the music you like! It is not necessary for them to listen to “DOra” and the like! My nephews can sing the Bealkes and Kid Rock and love it! They did have a few years of the wiggles and they do watch the kid shows, but they love “Real” music! Nothing wrong with that!

  • http://perpetualbounce.blogspot.com bklyn76

    i love that leta looks like she is banging on the piano just like chris martin! that girl’s got rhythm!

  • http://www.hairgirldenver.com Shareena

    OMG and here I thought we were the only ones who don’t allow our kids to listen to craptastic music. My 3 yr old son loves pearl jam and nine inch nails ;)

  • http://www.popmommy.com Pam

    Awesome. That rocked. And I feel so much better than I have never put on Dora in our house. I’ve heard too much about it that I don’t even want to go near it. Also, Raffi music for kids is pretty cool. I dig it. But other than that, I leave the radio on or put in my own CDs too.

  • http://www.frecklewonder.com jenny

    hopefully someone in the coldplay camp passes this video along to the band.

    very cute, my cheeks are hurting. go leta!

  • http://thesandchronicles.blogspot.com Jessica

    The sound of children’s ANYTHING (TV, music, screaming) makes me twitch. I was raised on Carly Simon, Rolling Stones, ELO, Joan Baez, etc etc etc, so yeah, when the step kids are here, they listen to what we listen to.
    And Chuck kills me – the tiptoe back and forth – I LOVE that dog.

  • Jen

    I’m picturing the Leta-Marlo dance recitals in my head and the cuteness brings tears to my eyes. Well, it’s either that or I’m just pregnant and hormonal. :)

  • http://www.seojitsu.com Page Checker

    I grew up listening to ABBA and the BeeGees too. They are the greatest music in the world for kids to dance to. I have an 18 month old who spins around every time Dancing Queen comes on. I recently heard that both groups were now “for gays only” and I agree totally with your sentiment. Anyone who thinks that can puff off.

  • Molly

    I’m with Leta, I love that song. I blast it whenever it comes on in the car and my 5-year-old sings along too. Although her favorite is Pink. And Kelly Clarkson. She is word perfect on “My Life Would Suck Without You.” And so am I, now that I’ve heard it approximately 20 times a day all summer.

  • http://www.tiffs-snippet.blogspot.com/ Tiffany

    Oh God! I love your kid, she rocks! Hell, all of you rock! If Katey ever quits and moves on to bigger and better things can I please come take her place?!!! Love it!

  • http://www.conceitedgirl.com Alexa

    Well, I continue to receive information that indicates that you are an amazing mother and raising your children well, not that it is any of my business.

    I love it. Good music is good music.

    The only so-called kids’ music I would even consider is They Might Be Giants and Trout Fishing in America.

  • http://www.rhodeygirltests.com rhodeygirl

    She is so adorable! Love the singing too- both yours and her pretend singing

  • Angie

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!

  • Kelsey

    Coming from a kid who grew up listening to Garth Brooks and Tupac (my parents were obviously divorced), Coldplay sounds like a good idea. And where did she get those moves?! Here comes the next Britney spears!

  • http://secondbaby.wordpress.com Kris

    I got a kick out of that.

    My oldest (Leta’s age) says his favorite song is Kanye West’s Love Lockdown. Which I really enjoyed at first, but oh dear GOD I’m sick of it now. He asks for it (Can we listen to MY FAVORITE? Is MY FAVORITE in the car?) all the time but I just tell him I forgot it. I’m a horrible, horrible parent. Ha. Other than that, he is enjoying the new Muse tracks.

    Oh, and I like telling people that he went to see Radiohead in the womb. Coz he totally did. XD

  • Lesley

    I was having a shitty day until I saw this video.

    I’ll have what Leta’s having.

    Chuck wandering in and out of the frame as if nothing unusual is going on might be funnier than Leta’s moves.

    And that yellow T-shirt on Jon. Whoa! For a minute there I thought you had the Sun living in your house.

  • http://www.janetnelson.net Janet

    She is adorable.

  • Nathan Vandenbroek

    Love the cover vocals…..take that show on the road!! :)

  • http://zeldamom.blogspot.com Anonymous

    Well, you seem like pretty normal people to me. I never played “kids” songs when mine were young. We listened to a variety, mostly rock, but I made sure to get classical in too. Now at the ages of 19,22,24, they listen to a variety of music and are not “warped” in any way.
    (pssst…I also took my middle son to see Jurasic Park before he even started school) You should have heard the nasty comments I got at the ECFE meeting. Whew!

  • http://www.janetnelson.net Janet

    She is adorable.

  • Kateastrophe

    Once again, Dooce has reduced me to tears in my cube. This is so endearing! And I love that she and Jon have a little routine. So adorable!

  • zhoen

    They Might Be Giants, Here Come the ABC’s, Here Come the 123′s, NO. I don’t have kids, can’t stand children’s albums, but I like these. And my friends who have young children love them too, after many hearings.

  • http://lifeandtimesofstella.wordpress.com Amber

    You and Leta have to see this if you haven’t already. A kids choir doing a soulful rendition of that very song:


    Leta is a wondeful dancer, by the way!

  • http://scrappinjenny.blogspot.com Jennifer M.

    Best effing video ever.

  • http://beyondthewindow.wordpress.com beyond

    i grew up listening to anne murray too, so i cannot be a music snob, like, ever. remember ‘a little good news’? that’s going to be stuck in my head for the rest of the night. thanks.

  • http://mamaspocketbook.com Dianne Hadaway

    WOW I actually get to comment! This is the BEST video yet. I almost cried because it is such a wonderful testament of a beautiful childhood. Leta is such a free spirit and isn’t that what childhood memories should be about … dancing with Daddy in the kitchen to a fabulous song and then wanting to do it again! I got chills. I am glad I caught my kids on video dancing around the house too! Pure fun and innocense! Thanks for sharing Heather!

  • http://www.dronenville.blogspot.com Amy D

    Holy CRAP! that was even better than I had imagined. I sat mesmerized for the whole thing…maybe not blinking.
    Her dance is so free and uninhibited, like we all should be I suppose. Plus it’s the most awesome mixture of Mick Jagger’s rooster strut, Britney’s over-the-top lipsynching, piano playing to the beat, and some Chris Martin moves thrown in to boot.
    Excellent, excellent, excellent :)

  • Renee

    That video just made me happier than my daily dose of Lexapro. :-)

    I think we should all have moments where we dance like 10,000 people aren’t watching us!

  • http://www.armchairdesign.etsy.com armchairdesign

    Don’t despair. My 5 year old and 3.5 year old have grown up listening to Metallica, Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, and countless blues musicians.

    Down with Kidz Bop fo’ evah!