Singing to your child can have musical and non-musical benefits

Parent child photoI had a parent tell me that her infant song loves to be sung to, even with her “tone-deaf voice.” Parents, listen up! YOUR voice is the most beautiful voice your child can hear, no matter what it sounds like. They don’t care if you can hit all the right notes; they respond to the resonance of the notes in your chest when you hold them close to you. Humming is especially helpful for them to hear AND feel. If you’re looking for lullaby time suggestions that are simple enough to learn, check out the following songs:

1. “Familion” by Hace Tuto Guagua (album: The Planet Sleeps)
2. “Godspeed” by the Dixie Chicks
3. “Lullabye (Goodnight my Angel)” by Billy Joel

Sing to your child; create rituals with them (at bedtime, bath time, meal time and play time) in which you can make up your own songs!  Starting these rituals early in childhood can have positive lasting benefits.

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