|The Power of Lullabies|
|By Amanda Campbell on November 11, 2017|
My daughter, we'll call her S, woke up early this morning and was rarin' to go right away - no slow, cuddly Saturday morning for us this morning! She reminded me a bit of one of the characters from her favorite movie, Anna from Frozen (see the image and caption to the right!) - the sky was awake, so S was awake, and she needed to play!
We had a nice breakfast, and then the whole family went out to do some shopping at the outlets...completely forgetting that it's Veteran's Day weekend. The stores. were. packed. Trying to corral any 5 year old in that kind of craziness is a losing battle, and we definitely felt like we had fought (and lost) that battle by the time we headed home. We had a 45 min drive home, and I actually fell asleep in the car. My husband fell asleep on the couch for a bit after we arrived home. S just kept on going, as full of energy as she was when she woke up this morning. In some ways it was absolutely adorable. Watching her grab her grandmother's hand and try to give her toys to play with her, listening to all of her exclamations of happiness...but then there was also the constant walking away from us (and necessary redirection) while we were out, the fighting about going to the bathroom (because one does not just leave their toys to go the bathroom, don't you know that mommy?), the constant asking for snacks (despite having had plenty to eat already and it being almost dinner-time). By the time bedtime came around, I was beat, and I had half a mind to say to Daddy that he could put her to bed tonight. But as I sat in the rocking chair waiting for her to come back from the bathroom one last time, I realized that I'd really love to have her sleepy cuddles tonight if she'd slow down enough to cuddle.
When she came back, we shut off the light, and I started singing her "her" lullaby - "Su La Li" from Music Together®'s Maracas collection (her having a lullaby that's "hers" is rather new for us, but that's a whole different post!). When I sing it, I sing the first verse on the syllables from the collection. The second time I sing the lullaby on "I Love You" and the 3rd time I use her first and middle name. The final time, I hum the melody. Normally she doesn't fall asleep right away, and we cuddle for a bit before she really settles. Tonight, though, she was out like a light before I was even done with the verse I sing on her name!
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|By Amanda Campbell on September 01, 2017|
Welcome to Music Together Vivo's new blog, The Obwisana Update. Our center director, Cheryl Sabo, wanted a way to be able to expand on some of the concepts your Music Together Vivo teachers bring up in class, and so the Obwisana Update was created.
Please check back periodically for posts about early childhood development, musical development, ideas for how you can use the songs you learn in class as parenting tools (and just for fun too!), and perhaps even personal insights and stories from our teachers as well. We might even get a bit crafty sometimes!
If there's a topic you have any questions about, or would like to hear more about from us, please let us know by sending us a quick e-mail!
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