Everyone speaks music – young, old, all nationalities – through lyrics and through movement. Music truly is the universal language. As such, music is the one thing that parents all around the world can use to help them get through their day.
5 Ways You Can Hokey-Pokey Your Way through Everyday Parenting
In the car
It’s easy to stream music on your phone, pop in a CD, or turn on the radio. In fact, there’s really no better place than the family car to develop listening skills, expose your child to a variety of musical styles, and best of all, create memories.
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At naptime and bedtime
Gentle, quiet music can calm and soothe a child to sleep, even when he thinks he’s not tire. Plus it helps block out the noise when your neighbor decides to mow the lawn in the middle of nap time. Sleep time can also be a great time to expose your child to a little Bach or Mozart as well as those beloved lullabies.
On a rainy day
Music is like indoor sunshine on a rainy, dreary day. Depending on what kind of music you choose, music can be a quiet accompaniment for play time, inspiration for a parade around the house, or a giggly, happy way to dance the rainy day blues away. (Dance long enough, and they’ll be more than ready for a nice long nap too!)
You can also take a video field trip without leaving the house. You’ll love this “Big Back Yard” field trip that takes you and your child to see some beautiful butterflies, up close and personal!
It can be really tough to juggle making dinner and keeping a little one happy, especially towards the end of the day. Turn on some bright, happy music, get out some wooden spoons and plastic bowls, and let the concert begin! And while you’re waiting for that pasta to boil, why not take a spin around the kitchen with your child as your dance partner?
For family together time
Whether you have some child-friendly instruments or you improvise, there’s nothing that bonds a family more than making music together in a family jam session. Or maybe you decide to establish a little ritual to welcome Dad home each day by doing a little dance together – like the Jungle Hokey-Pokey! No matter how you choose to speak the language, music is the delightful common thread that binds hearts together, making memories that truly will last forever.
With an expansive music library, Home Materials, and rich resources for parents (Did you grab your family taxi playlist or try the Jungle Hokey-Pokey yet?), Kindermusik classes provide plenty of musical inspiration for singing, dancing, and playing your way through the daily childhood routines that can be made happier and a whole lot easier with music!
This post was adapted from an article originally written by Theresa Case for Macaroni Kid Greenville. Theresa has an award-winning Kindermusik program at Piano Central Studios in the beautiful upstate of South Carolina.