30 Days of Thanks: 8 Reasons I'm Thankful for Yo Gabba Gabba
There are lots of annoying kid shows out there, but this one has integrated itself into our daily life. Here's why I am grateful for that.
That might seem odd, giving thanks for a children’s show and merchandise. But the truth is, Yo Gabba Gabba has become part of our family over the past two years. When I first heard of it, I thought it sounded weird, but now I find myself a little sad knowing my daughter will likely outgrow her Gabba Land friends someday.
Reasons I’m Thankful for Yo Gabba Gabba
- It’s one of few children’s shows I don’t mind watching … without children.
- They promote music and dancing.
- They promote diversity and acceptance. ”All my friends are different, but I love them all the same!”
- Their songs are catchy and easy to learn. They are the masters of earworms!
- They make my kids happy.
- They are the only costumed characters my daughter isn’t completely terrified of in real life.
- They have a song for almost everything from not biting your friends to having patience. I can’t tell you how many times a day I’ll start to sing one of their songs to help Rissa process a situation.
- They spark my daughter’s creativity.
Yo Gabba Gabba was the first show that actually held Rissa’s interest for more than a minute or two which allowed me to get a few things done while she watched. She has a set of their plush characters which she plays with almost daily. Many of them come along on adventures from road trips to bedtime. Two of the characters, Brobee and Muno, have seen so much love that they had to be replaced. Well, except she couldn’t give up the originals so she has duplicates.
She re-enacts episodes and comes up with her own stories too. Sometimes, she cooperates with chores better when Muno asks instead of me (He’s also good at getting her to talk about her day!).
The sweetest thing is how the Yo Gabba Gabba plush toys encourage nurturing play. While my daughter likes dolls, she’s more likely to play “mommy” or “doctor” to Muno. We give her friends check ups, calm them down, rock them to sleep and even nursed them. My son, who’s almost one, likes to hug them and make them dance.
I love their positive messaging, use of music and that both kids can enjoy everything about them … all while not driving me crazy in the process.
There’s so much to be thankful for, we can’t fit them all into one post! Check out BabyZone’s 30 Days of Thanks page to see all the things—great and small—that we can be grateful for each day.
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