Saturday, October 3, 2009

I'm Gonna Live Forever...

The boys have become Blue's Clues junkies.

Which is fine, because apparently it improves metacognition or something like that. At least that's what Nick Jr. tells me right before it starts in order to assuage my parental guilt about letting my toddlers watch tv. Except it really just makes me feel guiltier because I don't even know what metacognition is, so thanks for nothing Nick Jr.

By the way, when did Noggin become Nick Jr.? Was it at the same time that the Jumparound's became the Fresh Beat Band? Children's programming is so fickle. I'm beginning to worry that the improvement in metacognition may come with a side effect of commitment issues, but what can you do? Besides not let the boys watch Blue's Clues anymore, as that would be entirely unacceptable.

So, not only do the boys love to watch Blue's Clues, they love to reenact it. Actually, they really just love to reenact the Blue's Clues song, where Steve (or Joe, depending on your preference) dances and sings about paw prints and second/third clues and notebooks and thinking in your thinking chair, until the song finally culminates in the Big Finale that my boys love:

Jazz hands.

Oh man, do they looooooooooove those jazz hands.

The jazz hand has become an invaluable communication tool in our household, which is very useful when you have 2.5 year old twin boys who are averagely behind in their speech development. When the boys whip out the jazz hands, I know what they're trying to tell me. They're telling me "Dang mama, I am happy!" (Although sometimes they're trying to say "another Blue's Clues episode, please" - and God help you if you can't tell the difference.)

The jazz hand has become so popular, we've even added it to our "If You're Happy and You Know It" verses...

If you're happy and you know jazz hands!

Jazz hands courtesy of Owen

Now if only I could teach them some other dance moves as communication tools. Ooh, maybe the "YMCA" could help them learn the alphabet!!! I wonder how hard it is to spell out "Luv U, Mama" with your arms over your head? I'll get right on that tomorrow.


shannon said...

CUTE! well, what's not to love about blue's clues!? i personally liked steve a little better, but he moved on to his own "band" or something (pfft!). and sometimes when kids do adorable things like jazz hands, it almost makes me wish that they would communicate that adorably for forever. :)

Megan said...

I saw that about Steve when I was searching for jazz hands pics!! Craziness.

MamaOtwins+1 said...

that is so cute! I love the jazz hands, and our 2.5 year old is right there with you on the speech.

Megan said...

Thanks MamaO! 2.5 years is such a tricky age with speech, don't you think? There's such a broad range of "normal" at that age that it makes it hard to tell (for me at least!) what's average and what's not.

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