Doing it Gangnam Style works for me

It’s important the parade continues – but safely

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Are you one of the one billion people who have watched the Gangnam Style video on YouTube?

It’s a song by a South Korean singer called PSY and has been a huge success all over the world, reaching the top of the charts in more than 30 countries.

It’s now the second most watched video ever on YouTube and is catching up with the current number one by teenage pop star Justin Bieber.

It has a highly entertaining music video that includes a signature dance move, called the invisible horse riding dance.

When the track was released this summer, I didn’t take much notice of it, thinking it was just some novelty song that wouldn’t be around for very long.

But after a few listens I’m now hooked on its ridiculously addictive lyrics and that comical music video.

I’ve also discovered it’s become a great parenting tool.

Do you remember when you were young and your mum or dad would declare it was bedtime?

I’d sit looking at the clock hoping my parents wouldn’t notice I was still in the room as I didn’t feel tired and felt like I had at least an hour or two left in me to play with my toys, or watch more TV before I needed to visit the land of nod.

In my mind, I never agreed when my parents told me I needed my sleep, especially as they would stay up far later than me.

I can remember thinking: ‘Why don’t they need as much sleep as me?’

But I’d always trot off up the stairs and into my bedroom with little protest.

Well now the shoe is on the other foot and it’s me declaring to my children that its bedtime and it’s my daughter Caitlin who is replying with the words: ‘I’m not even tired yet’.

I now know what my parents knew back then – that a child who has had plenty of sleep is a much happier child to be around.

This is where the Gangnam Style video comes in. One day last week, Caitlin was dancing along to the video, complete with the invisible horse riding dance.

It was highly amusing and I made sure I recorded it on my phone so I can show a clip at her 18th birthday party.

She was having so much fun that she asked to watch it again and again and again. If this video does get more views than Justin Bieber, we may have played a huge part in the achievement as it actually feels like we’ve watched it about a billion times.

That night, Caitlin was so exhausted from all the dancing that she went to bed with no protest and slept through the night.

She woke up the next day in a jolly mood and her first words that morning were: ‘Can we watch the funny dance video?’