I LOVE music. Growing up the radio was always on or we had a mix tape (remember those?!?) playing on the boom box. Kitchen dancing was a thing in our house. Fast forward to having my own house and kids. I thought we would all be singing and dancing up a storm together. I cue up the music, break out my favourite dance moves and nada… Monkey, my oldest, will not dance with me ever. It is like at 5 years old he knows how silly I look and there is no way he is joining in. That said he has never really been a dancer, even as a baby and toddler he never really got his groove on.
Fast forward to Little Bear, surely my feisty second born would dance with me. And well he will… sometimes, and always on his terms. Which means most of the time he wants me to pick him up and dance, rather then him showing off any moves himself.
By the time Baby Roo came along my hope of household dance parties had been dashed. But then something happened when Baby Roo was around 8 months old. Every time a song comes on she starts rocking back and forth and clapping her hands. Could it be, do I finally have a kindred spirit when it comes to dancing in our house?!? It might be too early to tell if she will be ready to embrace dancing around the kitchen like I do, but so far it looks promising!
In the meantime I am going to keep encouraging all of my kids to enjoy music and express themselves through music. Here are a few ways to celebrate self-expression through music:
Don’t Follow Directions – Many parents encourage their little ones in music through structured music lessons, which is not a bad thing I took piano lessons for years. While following directions and reading music is important for any musician, finding your own beat is just as vital. Encourage your child to break the rules once in a while by singing or playing a musical instrument however they pleases. This will give them the opportunity to fully express themselves and have fun while doing it!
Try Making Music Together – Music is a fun way to empower and express yourself. Making music with your little ones allows you to communicate with each other in a way that words cannot. Music will unlock your feelings, creativity and open the lines of communication. Initiate this with a fun music video singalong in your living room or having a fun family jam session. You never know, you may find that you’re a better singer than you thought!
Bust a Move – It’s challenging to listen to music without moving to the rhythm! To help get your little ones moving and expressing themselves, try playing a variety of musical styles to inspire them. Dance along with them and encourage them to try new things too. You’ll be surprised where it takes you!
There is no “right” way to enjoy music, allow your little ones to try new things and remember that we all approach music a little differently. Focus on the fun and you can’t go wrong.
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