It’s that time of year when everyone is talking about resolutions. Losing weight. Exercising. Spending more time with family. Working less. The list goes on.
So we thought we’d put a musical twist on making resolutions and suggest four musical resolutions that are easy to make and stick to!
Resolution #1 – Sing More with your Child
At first, you’ll almost need to plan this in until it becomes like second nature. But once it is second nature, you’ll find you can come up with – or make up! – a song for nearly every part of your day. Daily routines become a little easier, and even the unexpected becomes a little more manageable when you have a song or two to ease you and your child through.
And remember, whether you would ever sing in public or not, to your child, your voice is the most beautiful sound in the world. Filling your child’s heart now with special songs makes for really precious memories that your child will cherish for the rest of their lives.
Resolution #2 – Take Time Every Day for Cuddling and Dancing Together
This resolution will take some intentionality to successfully implement, but deliberately taking more time to cuddle and dance together will definitely bring you closer together. You’ll probably find that your own stress levels are reduced and that your child will have fewer meltdowns as a result of taking a little time for loving connection.
Easy times for getting in a few extra cuddles are before naps or bedtime. And dancing? Well, a spontaneous dance can happen anytime throughout the day. Nothing gets rid of the grumps or brings a smile of delight more than a quick dance around the room – with or without recorded music!
Resolution #3 – Create Some Music Playlists for your Child
A musical environment comes from playing music. That’s easy to say, but not always to do. So our suggestions are simple. Take a few minutes to create some playlists of your child’s favorite music. Your Kindermusik library is a great place to start.
We recommend organizing and labeling those playlists according to the kind of music each playlist contains. For example, a playlist of those soft, sweet lullabies is great to play when your child is settling down for a nap or for bedtime. A playlist of fun, energetic music inspires your child to dance, move, and play… and expend a little energy! Or a sing-along playlist of your child’s favorite songs to sing helps errands in the car go so much more quickly and smoothly.
Resolution #4 – Make (or renew) your Commitment to Foster your Child’s Musical Development
Resolutions #1 through 3 will go a long way towards Resolution #4, but we would be remiss if we did not take this opportunity to encourage you that the window for benefitting from playing, making, and listening to music is open the widest in the very early years of childhood. And we all want our children to have every possible advantage – academically, socially, developmentally, and even musically.
Enrolling in weekly Kindermusik classes is certainly a wonderful way to stick to Resolution #4. Not only do you and your child benefit from the weekly classes together, but you also come home with a whole treasure-trove of resources, ideas, and music – from what you learn in class and from what you receive in your Kindermusik Materials. And we’re absolutely sure that you’ll love your Kindermusik classes as much as your child does!
So go ahead. Make these four musical resolutions. Commit now to enjoying a more musical year with your child. We promise it will make your everyday routines a little easier and special memories a little more lasting. Music does it all!
Shared by Theresa Case who has been helping children and families make music a part of their lives for over 20 years now in her award-winning Kindermusik program at Piano Central Studios in beautiful Greenville, South Carolina.