What is your earliest holiday memory? My guess? It involves music!
Music is a universal means of communication, memory enhancer, a tool for self-regulation, and a great parenting tool! For these reasons and more music can come in handy during this exciting, albeit sometimes stressful, holiday season. Here are a few of my favorite holiday music hacks:
- When energy levels get too high, slow down your favorite holiday song.
- Choose a song with your young one as a signal for when they need a time out from the hustle and bustle.
- Children of different ages and stages will enjoy making a family holiday music show together: assign tasks based on age, interest, and abilities.
- Change the lyrics of a family favorite! Give everyone a verse or a part of the chorus to make their own for a special tradition they’ll want to revisit year after year.
We’d love to hear your ideas for musical hacks this holiday!
–Michelle Noonan is the Owner and director of Blooming Sounds LLC, an Online Music Together® and Canta y Baila Conmigo® Center serving 0-8 year-olds (and the grown-ups who love them®).