Parental Geekery episode 20 – singing, dancing and orphaned works

by on May 1, 2013

parental geekeryCatherine opens the show with her very special version of the lion sleeps tonight and we talk about how the recording came into existence  This leads on to an explanation of the game invented by the inimitable Sally Whittle named “I can only hear you when you’re singing”…

We speculate on whether David is musical, and talk about his new favourite song, I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing. We highly recommend the CBeebies podcast for listening to with young kids, and the Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler selection on Audible. We also talk about the video on Ruth’s blog of John demonstrating the correct way to sing the Tabby McTat song.

David seems to be getting more cheeky – he has been complaining that his sleeves are “not working”. He has moved up to pre-school at nursery, and we’re going to have to do that potty training thing at some point soon. In addition Catherine has started cleaning her teeth twice a day – find out what has prompted that.

We talk about whether iPads are educational, prompted by this article in the Telegraph (not the Daily Mail as we speculate in the show!). We’d like to hear from you, our audience – do you worry about how long your kids spend on tablets? Do you think they are educational?

John gives his opinion on the “orphan works” legislation that’s just been passed in the UK.

Catherine made her stage debut in her ballet school show, which makes Ruth reminisce about dancing when she was little. John talks about giving David his toy cars.

We’ve been watching Game of Thrones and Person of Interest. Ruth is still playing DragonVale and gives her thoughts on Dungeon Hunter 4 (which is available on both iOS and Android). John’s been playing Miniclip 8 ball pool.

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