Not only do all babies and children love music, but research has shown that music stimulates more of a baby’s brain than speech alone. How do we (those of us without that music degree) help stimulate our own children in music the best way we can? Aside from a one-hour music class a week or playing a video or music CD, I wouldn’t have known another answer to that question until I learned about Mommy Jingles.
Mommy Jingles is an 8-week online video coaching program designed by Amy Robbins-Wilson. She is not only a mommy herself, but she is a teacher with degrees in Express Arts Therapy and Ritual Song and Chant. Amy won a mom’s choice award for award winning author and recording artist and is the lullaby lady at Lullaby Link! If anyone can help us slightly non-musical mommy’s, I am pretty sure Amy is the one to do it!
I was given the opportunity to review the entire 8-week program offered by Mommy Jingles. When I heard about the concept, I was pretty excited. I am always up for new and fun ways to interact with my kids! I’ll be honest though- when I first started listening to some of the songs, I felt pretty silly sitting in my living room trying to sing along so I could learn the verses. Here my kids were asleep and I could be having adult time and what was I doing? Singing kid’s songs of course. But honestly, we’re parents and that’s just what we do. And while I might have felt silly practicing without my kids, it didn’t feel silly at all once I was using them with my kids. They surely didn’t think mommy was being goofy; Mommy was just being lots of fun!
Part of what I loved about the Mommy Jingles program was that I could watch and learn on my own clock. I didn’t have to be sure I was online at a particular time or place to learn the program; I could just login when it fit into my schedule and spend as much or as little time as I had. I also loved that it wasn’t just a ton of reading material; I was actually able to spend time listening to a video and hear and see firsthand what was going on with the instruction. I am pretty sure I wouldn’t have walked away with enough knowledge had it not been a video-format learning program.
Many of you are probably wanting to know what I learned from Mommy Jingles. Well aside from learning some new songs rather than my standard collection of “Wheels on the Bus”, “Twinkle, Twinkle”, and Barney’s “I Love You” song (all of which I have grown pretty tired of), I actually learned to introduce some new ideas into my parenting. Of course the concept seems super easy, but we are just too busy in our daily lives to think about it that thoroughly. Amy’s songs that she teaches help a lot, but it also helped me to think that I can make up any old song, anytime, anywhere just to get my kids engaged in what is going on. For instance, there are some great bath time songs during Week 5 of the program, however, one night at bath, I found myself making up a completely different song to get my uncooperative 2-year old to let me wash his feet. Before Mommy Jingles, I may have found myself frustrated way before I thought of a better parenting solution than getting upset, but this time around, I jumped right into song and all of a sudden, he was the most cooperative kid you had ever met! Now, saying all that, I don’t want you to think that means there is no need to even watch Mommy Jingles if all you have to do is make up songs. Amy provides so much more useful hints and parenting tools associated with music that you must hear for yourself. Without some of them, I am pretty sure I never would have found myself in the bathroom that day making up my own little jingle!
While most of us were probably never good enough singers to get picked to be on American Idol, each of us as parents has been known to break into different tunes when engaging with your child. Whether it’s to assist them in falling asleep or keep them from screaming during that long car ride to Grandma’s house, I am sure each of us has been known to sing our hearts out when it comes to the best interest of our children. Lets face it- they may be the only ones who can stand our singing voice, but they love it all the same!
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