Music and family time go together like peanut butter and jelly. They were made for each other. There are so many musical activities families can do together. Children want their parents to sing and dance with them whether at home or in a class designed for the whole family. Parents’ involvement is an important part of the pleasure of music for children.
Family Music Night
Listen and sing to your favorite albums together. Children want you to hear their favorite music and they also want to hear yours! It doesn’t always have to be about children’s music even though that can be fun too.
Have everyone bring their favorite song or two to dinner and play everyone’s songs through out dinner. Everyone will feel important picking and playing music for the family. The dinner music might be extremely varied from Bach to The Wiggles or from Taylor Swift to Cold Play. But your kids will love knowing you cared to listen to their music.
Follow the Leader
Put on dance music and take turns being the dance teacher. Let your child be the leader and follow his moves. Then take a turn and teach them some of your moves. The moves can be real dance moves or simple movements such as jumping up and down, twirling and kicking. The important thing is to have fun!
Take in a Parade
Go to a parade together and listen to the marching bands and other music.
Many park and recreation departments put on free concerts in the summer time. Go together as a family and enjoy listening to live music.
Sing lullabies as you cuddle and rock your baby to sleep. It’s okay if your voice will not get you on American Idol. To your baby, you will sound like an angel!
Children are so happy when parents sing and make music with them. Music brings families together, creating memories in the process.