By Cheri Fuller
I heard a medical doctor say recently that God, knowing that this life was going to have some struggles and hard times, gave us three free gifts: music, nature, and laughter. All three of these are stress-relieving heart-lifters for moms that you can enjoy with your kids, so we’re going to take one of these each month for the next three months of “Mothering By Heart.”
Music develops your child’s brain in many wonderful ways. It enhances cognitive (thinking) skills, motor and creative skills, hand-eye coordination, emotional development, visual, auditory, and language skills, to name a few. Besides all the brain-boosting qualities, music brings a richness to children’s and parents’ lives—a wonder, joy and beauty that are priceless.
Here are some ways to enjoy the joy and benefits of music with your child:
Let me encourage you in these spring and summer months to put on a CD, kick up your heels and dance and twirl around the room with your kids. Take time to sing together or use rhythm instruments. And remember, the goal of musical activities is to have fun with your child rather than aim for perfection. Singing and music making is a universal communication crossing all language barriers. As your child learns words of songs through the rhythm and repetition of singing them with you (first saying one or two words of the song at the right time and then progressing to singing straight through), he’ll experience the wonderful feeling we all share when we have fun together through music.
Through engaging short stories, inspirational reflections, Scripture, creative ideas and thought-provoking questions, Cheri Fuller's new book The Mom You're Meant to Be: Loving Your Kids While Leaning on God encourages mothers to relax, embrace their kids' individuality, rely on God for the wisdom they need, and enjoy the season of mothering they're in.
Copyright 2005 Cheri Fuller, adapted from When Children Pray (Multnomah Publishers) and The Mom You're Meant to Be: Loving Your Kids While Leaning on God (Focus on the Family)
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