I love singing with my kids. I hate most kids music.
One friend confessed that her kid loves music and might have some talent, but she’s tone-deaf.
One friend said that her mom brain was so foggy that the only lullaby she could think of to sing to her new baby was Silent Night. They’ve been singing it every night and nap for two years (I love this, actually).
I think singing together creates a special bond – and science backs that up. In her article, “How Music Bonds Us Together” (Greater Good Magazine from UC Berkeley), Jill Suttie explains:
Listening to music and singing together has been shown in several studies to directly impact neuro-chemicals in the brain, many of which play a role in closeness and connection.
Now new research suggests that playing music or singing together may be particularly potent in bringing about social closeness through the release of endorphins.https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_music_bonds_us_together
Singing was always a major part of my life growing up. I sang solos in church and school starting in elementary school and loved performing in choirs and shows. My mom would always harmonize when we sang together and my dad and I would rock out to his classic hits on road trips. I can remember the first time he sat me down to listen to Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven – the whole way through, don’t move! – and Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant and a Ray Stevens’s album from start to finish. Once I could drive I ‘borrowed’ his Carole King Tapestry CD and sang it every day on the way to school with my best friend. Still have it.
I want my children to grow up submerged in music too – and one of the best ways to do this with little ones is to sing those simple nursery rhymes and lullabies. I’ve got a whole catalog of them in my brain from listening and singing as a child, teaching K and 1, and (almost) nine years of parenting. I’m tickled that through the interwebs I get to create an inviting and simple space to share those songs with other families!
My #9 reason for podcasting: family bonding. I want every parent to feel confident and comfortable singing and playing with their kids!