My children are moved by music, they always have been. From the time Sydney was a month old she was a “spirited child” who wasn’t easily soothed. I would fight to try to calm her; using soothers, swaddling, rocking and finally…songs. It was the sound of music which got through to her when nothing else would. Today she is 11 years old and VERY much her own person and still is rooted in music.
My girls have both been actived in the muscial arts; singing lessons, theatre, ukelale and most recently guitar. They really enjoy their lessons and finding their own sense of style through music.
Encourage Kids Through Music
As parents we can encourage our children to find themselves through music, here are some ideas to do that:
Don’t Follow Directions.
You read that right! Many parents encourage their little ones in music through structured music lessons. But for many kids, music lessons can be stressful and monotonous. While following directions and reading music is important for any musician, finding your own beat is just as vital. Encourage your daughter to break the rules once in a while by singing or playing a musical instrument however she pleases. This will give her the opportunity to fully express herself and have fun while doing it!
Try Making Music Together.
Music is a fun way to empower and express yourself. Making music with your little ones allows you to communicate with each other in a way that words cannot. Music will unlock your feelings, creativity and open the lines of communication. Initiate this with a fun music video singalong in your living room or having a fun family jam session. You never know, you may find that you’re a better singer than you thought!
Bust a Move.
It’s challenging to listen to music without moving to the rhythm! To help get your little ones moving and expressing themselves, try playing a variety of musical styles to inspire them. Dance along with them and encourage them to try new things too. You’ll be surprised where it takes you!
Remember that no matter how your little ones chooses to express themselves through music, we all approach music and the arts from a place of creative self-expression that should be encouraged. When we reinforce that there’s no right way, we can all have fun!
Barbie™ Rock ‘N Royals
In September, Barbie™ will be encouraging little ones to embrace their inner rock star with the launch of the Barbie™ Rock n’ Royals DVD!
In this upbeat musical, Barbie™ stars as Princess Courtney, a modern-day princess whose world is flipped upside down when she switches places with Erika, a famous rock star. The two very different worlds collide when a mistake sends Princess Courtney to Camp Pop and Erika to Camp Royalty. While Princess Courtney and Erika learn to adapt to their different camps, they must come together when they find out both camps are at risk of shutting down. Through this process, they find their true voices, and come together for an epic sing-off that shows anything is possible!
Barbie™: Celebrating Self Expression Through Music
To celebrate the release of the Barbie™ Rock n’ Royals DVD there is an amazing giveaway happening! Barbie™ is offering the chance for you to enter to WIN a trip for 4 to Hollywood for a once in a lifetime Barbie™ in Rock ʻN Royals experience! Get the Royal treatment with airfare, transportation, hotel for 2 nights and $500 of spending money as a Barbie™ VIP! Walk the ‘Pink Carpet’, showing off your style on the way to some pre-concert fun with a special guest appearance!
Are you ready to rock? Click HERE to go to the contest entry page…good luck!
WIN a Prize Pack
My friends at Barbie™ have kindly given me permission to giveaway a special Barbie Rock ‘n Royals prize pack valued at $60!!
First you go enter the contest listed above (enter HERE) then come back and fill in the Giveaway Tools form below. This is open to residents of Canada (excluding Quebec). You must be 18 to enter, simply fill in the Giveaway Tools form below. Winner will be drawn on July 8th and will have 48 hours to respond.