Your Child’s Musical Life: The Why and How of Music Lessons

Your Child's Musical Life, by Parenting in the Sweet Spot

This is Part 3 of my series called “Your Child’s Musical Life”, sharing about the when / why / what / etc. of educating your child about music. Go here for Part 1 about Getting an Early Start, and Part 2 about Tween Years and Onward. Why is music such a great activity for my child? These are just some […] Read more ...

Your Child’s Musical Life: Tween Years and Onward

This is the second article in my series “Your Child’s Musical Life” that began with the topic of “Getting an Early Start” (pregnancy through age 9). – Ruth What are the best opportunities for my older child to pursue music?   In Upper Elementary & Middle School: By around age 9 or 10, kids have a pretty good idea of […] Read more ...

Your Child’s Musical Life: Getting an Early Start

When our firstborn was still a little guy, he earned the nickname “Jazz Baby” because he, like most kids, responded to music with bouncing to the beat, grinning ear to ear, and singing along. When he and our other sons were buckled into high chairs or car seats, they would kick their feet to the beat – so cute! All […] Read more ...

The Incredible Value of Creative Play

Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity

Gillian Lynne is a British dancer and choreographer with a long and impressive list of theatrical credits, including being the lead choreographer of the hugely successful musical “Cats”, and also of “Phantom of the Opera”, the longest running musical in Broadway history. When Gillian was in the second grade, however, her mother was concerned by her underperformance at school and […] Read more ...

Get Messy and Love It!

  Some moms, I have heard, are neat freaks. Their homes and their children, it is rumored, are kept sparkling clean, orderly, on time, with bows tied and shoes on the correct feet. I admit I have never quite been that kind of mom. Maybe that’s because I like to get messy. When you get messy on purpose, you’re exploring. […] Read more ...

Unlock Your Child’s “Love Language Mystery”

Parentingsweetspot.com

  Here’s a great Valentine’s Day activity to do with your preschool or elementary age children: Discover their “love language” with a nifty online quiz! The author of “The 5 Love Languages of Children”, Gary Chapman, believes that people speak and hear the language of love in five ways: Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Physical Touch, and […] Read more ...

Baby’s Fussy, What To Do?

  When my sons were very small, I remember one of the biggest challenges of those first few weeks was figuring out what that fussy little guy needed: feeding, diaper change, cuddles, nap, ???  I would work my way down a mental checklist I called “triage”, like emergency workers on the scene of a disaster figuring out who needed CPR. […] Read more ...