Bond through Song
💛 ᗷOᑎᗪ through song 💙
Children who experience music and music activities with a loving adult form a unique bond through interactive connection. Our brains are pre-wired to respond to music, and the more music and musical activity a child experiences, the stronger and richer the cognitive connection will be.
♫ Singing with and/or to your child, is a beautiful way to connect and bond. Did you know that singing increases O᙭YTOᑕIᑎ, the “love” hormone. Oxytocin has a positive impact on our mood and emotions. And making music, singing, dancing , playing with your little one , and being 100% in the moment will increase you’re oxytocin levels. (God knows we all need a boost these days)
Giving yourselves a half hour of dedicated focused bonding time with your children every day will increase your connection with each other. In addition to music being a wonderful way to bond with your child, you can also use it to help them reach ᗪEᐯEᒪOᑭᗰEᑎTᗩᒪ ᗰIᒪESTOᑎES
which I have discussed many times in various posts as well as in class.
Music really is ᒪIᗰITᒪESS in what it offers. Whether you are looking to build a deeper connection, or help your child learn developmental skills, music is a source of motivation and fun that you can easily tap into daily. Sing to soothe your little one if they are having a hard day , relaxing them as you gently hum/sing/rock them. As you sing to your baby , you automatically benefit from the vibrations of your own voice, as you breathe slower and deeper when you sing your parasympathetic nervous system kicks in (rest & digest) you start to relax and not feel as stressed (it is stressful when your baby is unsettled or upset and you don’t know why) but when you relax your baby feels that calming energy. Singing to babies is one of those habits that transcends cultures. Across the world, parents sing to babies and babies respond, even when they’re in the womb.
Singing may well be the first language lesson we give children, and according to some researchers, we aren’t doing it enough. Sally Goddard Blythe, director of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology, believes we put too much emphasis on developing reading, writing, and number recognition, and not enough on singing, as singing to babies reduces the risk of language problems in later life.
As for babies themselves, they start developing the ability to process sound at about twenty-five weeks. Dutch and Hungarian researchers determined day-old infants can identify rhythmic patterns. We’re born with the ability to appreciate singing.
Infant-directed singing has several benefits – Singing to infants strengthens the bond between parent and child, and helps regulate the baby’s arousal level—it’s sense of awareness and attention. By altering the baby’s mood, singing may help with feeding and sleeping, which in turn positively affect the infant’s growth and development.
If you’d like a larger bank of songs and activities and guaranteed 30 mins of undisturbed bonding together why not join me online for music movement and sensory play sessions, perfect bonding time once a week with you and your little ones . Suitable for everyone in the household, young and wise, mums, dads, siblings galore. You will learn so many new songs as well as the old reliable nursery rhymes often with a twist!
Joining my online sessions also provides access to pre-recorded material to encourage further learning and development of some activities we do during the term , in between weekly classes. This is great for the children to instill music and all the learning we cover but even better for adults as we often ‘forget ‘ what was covered in class .