Well, it seems inevitable for a child with Maxie DNA, that when learning to talk, after she’s gotten the staples out of the way (“yesh”, “NO!”, “Mammy!”, “Daddieee!”), that her next major word would of course be……. “Boogie”.
Yes, other parent’s out there in the CBeebies generation may be familiar with a program called “Boogie Beebies” – a cheap and cheerful sort of show aimed at getting kid’s to exercise through dance, while slowly driving their parents insane with it’s repetitive, kid-oriented music.
Being that Emily watches most of her TV off Tivo, we have editorial control over what we offer her. We tend to avoid Channel 5 and Nick Jr shows, mostly because of the horrible adverts, and stick with CBeebies shows mostly. They tend to be nicer, and generally with at least a slight education slant. Roly Mo is a particular favourite or ours… ahem, I mean her’s.
I don’t remember that we selected Boogie Beebies as one to record, so I guess she might have seen it on ‘ordinary TV’. But now she is hooked.
“Booogee. BOOOOGeee. BOOOOOOGGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!” she will cry, pointing to the TV and escalating her insistence, until we find an episode and put it on. Then she watches with intense concentration, and occasionally joins in with some movements.
The one fortunate side effect of it so far, is the latest episode, “Football shimmy”, features a bunch of kid’s kicking balls around at Upton Park! So, while she is watching, in the background on the stands, the words “West Ham United” are being subliminally absorbed into her impressionable mind. Resistance is futile……..
Maybe it’s those dancing genes of Max. Maybe it was taking her to a Baby Rave. All I know is that if I hear the words “Yo, Ho, Yo HeeHee, a pirate gang is the life for me” one more time, I might be doin’ some pirate killin’ of me own. Me Hearties. Arrrr.
See a video clip of “Booogeeeee!” (Quicktime Required).