Using Music To Calm Your BabyWritten by JT
Music is a wonderful way for you to calm and soothe your baby, especially during first year. How many times have your heard parents say that there was nothing that they could do with their crying, fussing baby until they tried music. This is because music does indeed soothe savage beast, or in this case, baby.
There are certain distinct sounds that have been proven to calm even fussy babies: sounds of nature, white noise, and music. Even if your baby isn't fussing or crying you may want to use music as often as you can to encourage that feeling of calm and peacefulness. All it takes is a few minutes every day and before you know it your baby will be looking forward to hearing that certain song emanating from CD player.
There is nothing complicated or mysterious about introducing your baby to music from day one. You don't need to search for perfect song or a certain type of music. All you have to do is start by having your baby listen to your favorite songs and music. If jazz is on top of your list, let your baby listen to sounds of John Coltrane as he sits in his baby seat watching you in kitchen. It doesn't matter if you play schmaltzy songs of eighties or some wicked African beat, your baby is going to listen and his mood is going to be altered by any musical sound that he hears.
Got substance...with your child?Written by Lesley Spencer
How would your child answer question, “Who knows you better -- us or your friends?" We hope our children answer us, but would they? What about those deep conversations with your son or daughter that truly allow you into their world? Do you know last time they cried or why they cried? Do they come to you with celebrations or things they are excited about? Or do they go to their friends? Where would they go in a crisis? Do they consider you a safe place to come if they needed help or guidance in their life? What about just to share a unique joy or something fun that happened during their day? Who would be first person they would tell? If your kids would not come to you, perhaps now is time to make that an appealing and natural option for them. What are some ways you can enter into your child's life and really become part of their world? Here are a few suggestions. The idea is to spend time with our children strengthening our relationship and opening lines of communication with them. • Parent / Child Date Night - This could be dinner out or simply asking your child what he or she would most want to do with you on your special night out. If possible, treat each child to his or her own date night with mom or dad. • Boy’s / Girl’s Weekend Away – This could be an inexpensive camping trip or a hotel getaway for just boys or just girls. • Family Game Night – A great way to get family laughing and having fun. Interacting as a family strengthens your bond and opens lines of communication. • Dinner Time – Make it a point to eat dinner together every night if possible. Start a tradition of discussing best thing that happened that day or what you are most thankful for that day – anything to get a positive conversation going with your family.