For me the biggest parenting challenge on rainy days is getting the kids to get some activity to burn up some energy. If they don’t they get hyper, don’t sleep as well etc. Thus today, while it poured outside, I tried to get my kids to have a “dance party.” I have some go-to songs listed below, but I thought it was time to introduce them to Michael Jackson. I turned on one my favorite videos of his, Smooth Criminal. I explained to my kids that this was one of the best singer/dancers of my generation.
When The King of Pop first shows his face, my three year old daughter immediately yells, “is that a girl?!?”
My five year old son eventually said, “I can dance better than him,” then managed to simultaneously prove this statement completely false as well as being of my genetic lineage.
Good songs I’ve found for getting my kids to burn energy while dancing or staying indoors:
- Gangnam Style. The original, the MattyB version, and Annoying Orange Version
- We Will Rock You
- The Name Game (Shirley Ellis)
- Freakathon (from album “Don’t stop the Rock”)
- Vacation (Thomas Rhett)
- Memories (David Guetta)
- Ghostbusters original song
- Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy
Other indoor entertainment songs for more specific scenarios like fighting off Communist invaders or just waking up.
What am I missing?