Make music listening a part of your daily rituals
Life is busy and stressful—even for children! Babies and young children will benefit from mindfully listening to music. Use our simple tips to make music listening a valuable part of your family's daily rituals.
Mindfulness Through Music
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Tips for Mindful Music Listening
Start the music and then put your phone and all other technology away and out of sight.
Make eye contact with your child and smile.
Add some intentional touch such as rubbing their back or ears, or massaging their feet. If your child needs movement try rocking with them on your legs.
Start off with listening to just one or two songs, especially if your child is very young.
"Sit down and listen" isn't the goal. Focus instead on creating an environment where your child is able to enjoy the music—even if they're on the move!
Quietly talk about the music. Even babies and toddlers benefit from you labeling sounds for them, and children in preschool and beyond will delight in having a conversation about the music they're hearing.
What instruments are being used?
Is it a man or a woman singing?
Is the music fast or slow?
Does it sound happy or sad?
If there are words, what language are they speaking?
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