As Bruce Springsteen notes: “…music… is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.”
Parenting advice and tips
As the video shows, children want to dance and almost as soon as they can walk, they move to music, in their own way and their own time. Dancing combines three Emotional Fitness Training exercises.
The first? Move your body.
The second? Being with Beauty. Music is food for the ears and the soul and a way to Be with Beauty. Here are tips about encouraging the natural love of music:
The third? Laugh and play.
Tip one: Dance and sing with your child. Let go of the can’t do that and do it. Teenagers might object if you should not be seen dancing in public or singing outside of a shower, but toddlers and pre-schools will think you are Beyance or Michael Jackson or Maria Tallchief.
One of the things David and I did was sing lots in the car on long trips. With our youngest grandchildren, we got into the habit of humming parts of Beethoven’s Ninth. Wows adults when the boys hum this.
Action songs are also great fun to share. Changing diapers was when I sang Itsy, Bitsy Spider Went Up the Water Spout.
Tip Two. Share all kinds of music and do not neglect the classics. Nap time and bed time are good times to play some of the quieter classics.
We also found some videos CDs at the library and the thrift store that added music to nature scenes or art work. The grandchildren love them as a down time activity when getting ready for nap or bed time.
Tip Three: Encourage musical toys, again play them with your kids. In time encourage learning to play an instrument. Hopefully, you already play an instrument and do so with enjoyment in front of your kids.
Tip Four: Take the kids to concerts. Band concerts in the park are a good way to start. Many local orchestras have kid’s concerts. Some malls have small musical events. Take advantage.
Tip Five: Be ready for the time when your children will step out side of your tastes. Bound to happen and fighting it is useless. Hopefully, your earlier lessons will mean you child is not wedded to one beat.
Life is not easy, for many it is a constant struggle. Staying strong or what I call Emotionally Fit, involves making the most of possible pleasures. Music serves that goal well for you and for your child.
As usual thank you for all you do, particularly for liking, commenting, or sharing my posts. Practicing Kindness is another Emotional Fitness Training Exercise.
This post is in response to this Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat: Have you ever played in a band? Tell us all about that experience of making music with friends. If you’ve never been in a band, imagine you’re forming a band with some good friends. What instrument do you play in the band and why? What sort of music will you play?
Today’s Poster Coach is Creating a Safe Place. When listening to music to soothe, going to a safe place in your imagination doubles the calm. Get a free digital down load of this Poster Coach at