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4 Benefits of Mindful Music and Singing for Children You Probably Didn’t Know

Music makes the heart merry. This truth applies to both adults and children. If you can sing for anyone, you can sing for your kids too. But, of what benefit is singing to your child or letting them hear mindfulness music?

Singing for your children is an excellent way to form bonds that'll last a lifetime. You'll create memories necessary for boosting confidence and pulling through adversity in later years.


Reasons You Should Let Your Child Hear the Music

Here are five proven reasons why every parent should sing tunes to their children.


#1 Singing helps you bond better with your children

As your kids develop, singing provides a rock-solid foundation for secure attachment. The various emotions as you sing will inspire touch, cuddles, holding, patting, and rocking with your songs – just like you see in Bollywood films. There’ll also be nodding, smiling, crying, and eye contact. All of these combine to strengthen the child’s development by firming up the bond between child and parent.

A good number of scientists agree that the mutual eye gaze that singing affords helps children develop a secure attachment to their parents. Staring into your child's [probably blue] innocent eyes, you establish mutual bonding between the baby and the caregiver. Maintaining eye contact with your child communicates to them that you love them, that they are important, and that nothing else matters to them in that small moment.

Singing makes it possible to experience and share plenty of positive experiences with your child. It doesn’t matter if it’s smiling, laughing, or cuddling up for a lullaby, singing offers richly rewarding experiences for both parent and child.


#2 The more you sing, the better you communicate

Emotional communication is vital in relationships. Singing is a timeless means of communicating emotions, especially love and affection. A mother can build a strong connection and a sense of comfort with her baby by singing.

Loved ones and parents have a voice that endears kids in the first few months of a child's life when vision is poor. They learn to find comfort in these caregivers' voices, and singing is one way to calm them. Music improves heart rate, respiration, sleep, weight gain, and feeding patterns in premature babies in neonatal intensive care wards.

Did you know that songs could tell your baby that they are safe, and the world is far from chaotic? You can also tell them life is as big a party as anyone dares to make it. As parents, the tempo of a song, your tone of voice, gestures, and facial expressions all contribute to what you ultimately communicate to the child.


#3 Singing helps children learn to regulate their emotions

Children develop the art of regulating their feelings or emotions. The reason a baby cries is to communicate their discomfort about a particular situation. It needs your help, Supermom, to change that feeling. Before long, the baby can develop brain connections that enable it to understand emotions and regulate or segregate emotions with greater freedom.

Singing is a useful tool to teach these crucial skills to your child. Lullabies and other such music that promote mindfulness can soothe an upset baby or make them less afraid of any situation. How about play songs? These work best to inspire joy and increase the child’s arousal level and attention.


#4 Singing to your child will improve their cognitive abilities

Singing isn't just for fun or laughs. Singing to your child makes them smart. Yes, singing can boost cognition. Have you wondered how to keep them attentive for more extended periods or sustain their concentration? Try singing to them. How about helping them learn a language? Songs are a fun way to practice.

Singing interests children far more than reading a book does. You can introduce new words and sounds quickly through songs.

Children go through several stages of development. Therefore you should alter the songs to be more lively and complex but playful. Your child will respond with approving body movements, bigger smiles, and new sounds. Children can experiment with new sounds and words during a fun and safe song time environment.


Let the Drums Roll

It’s natural for us to sing to our kids or play them mind-calming music. Yet, not everyone does it. Time and confidence in their ability to sing to the child are the top reasons many parents don't. Digital music on a CD or DVD is highly convenient. The Meditation for Kids collection has an excellent reputation among parents. A growing number of children look forward to hearing this playlist everyday.

You may sing off-key, but your innocent child loves to hear it nonetheless, especially when you make up your own songs.


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