Spotlight on Parenting: Relaxation

Parenting through Music

Have you ever heard someone say, “You need to learn how to relax”?  Well, they were right. Relaxing is a learned behaviour that even the youngest child can begin developing.

In Kindermusik, we include a quiet time specifically designed to learn and practice relaxation techniques, such as rocking, listening to soothing music, or snuggling a favourite stuffed animal. Your child’s world can be full of stimulating experiences. Teaching her how to relax after a period of activity gives her time to recoup and prepares her for what’s next.

An added bonus: Children who know how to relax and self-soothe can be better sleepers. 

Everyday connection:

Forget about a “play list.”  Make a “relax list” in iTunes. When your child needs to wind down for naptime or bedtime, play songs like “Sleep, My Little Bird” and “Wild Geese Are Flying.”  Eventually, she will begin responding to the musical cues and the relaxation techniques from class and … well … relax. You will, too! Let music make bedtime easier.

Search “lullaby” at the play kindermusik website for some beautiful selections to listen to with your child.

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