As we move into this uncharted phase of social distancing, many of us are trying to figure out how to balance working from home and boosting child development (with minimal meltdowns). It’s tough! Here are some quick tips to help your family get into a productive, positive daily groove without screens.
Routines bring motivation, productivity, comfort, and even relaxation. And musical routines can help secure healthy morning and evenings to jumpstart your family’s school year success.
“Bedtime is a monumental moment to a baby or toddler, a time of transition in which parents hold nearly shamanistic power to tame the forces of darkness.“ – Meg Cox, The Heart of A Family, p. 213.
In a Kindermusik class, we have some very special rituals we include in every class. That’s because young children thrive on the love and comfort of favorite rituals. At home, bedtime provides a special time of connection for parent and child. As children grow, it can also become a very special time for parents to stay connected and in touch with what is really going on in their children’s lives.
Bedtime Ritual Ideas You Can Share with Your Children
- Listening to crickets
- Inventing stories
- Going through a specific bedtime routine (get a drink, change diapers/get a drink, kiss & hug, turn out the light)
- Infant massage, back scratches, and foot rubs
Bedtime Songs for Kids
A great way to help kids unwind after a long and busy day is to choose a dedicated lullaby that you sing together every single night at bedtime. Your child will love not only the music, but also the predictability and comfort of that special bonding ritual. He or she might also enjoy listening to some soothing music with the lights out. Some great choices are available on our Sailing to Dreamland CD.
Compiled by Theresa Case, whose Kindermusik program at Piano Central Studios in Greenville, SC, is proudly among the top 1% of Kindermusik programs worldwide.