13 Songs That Make Parenting a Toddler More Fun!


Raising a toddler… wow! If you’ve got one, you know what I mean.

I absolutely adore my son and generally feel like I’m pretty lucky. He usually obeys. He’s positive and smiles a lot. He usually eats his vegetables and picks up his toys. But I haven’t figured out the potty training thing yet and every once in a while (a lot more often since he turned two) my son throws a really terrible, embarrassing, screaming, throwing, kicking tantrum!

I’ve tried several different tactics for calming the storm but one method has proven to be the most effective so far…

A while back my son randomly picked the TV show “Daniel’s Neighborhood” (a cartoon spin-off of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood) from a line-up of shows on Netflix. We were watching the episode when one of the songs really stuck out to me. It was called, “When You Feel So Mad That You Want To Roar”. As the song played a couple times during the show I sang it under my breath so I could remember it later. I had the distinct feeling that it might help my son calm down.

It helped me that same day!


So your child wants to quit music lessons?


Is every lesson day a struggle?  Not to mention practice… forget that!  If your kid wants to throw in the towel on music lessons here are a few things to consider or try:

1.  Change up the repertoire!

Does your child sing when they think no one is listening? Do they listen to any music regularly on their iPod/iTouch/etc?  What music do they ask you to play on the radio in the car?  Whatever music excites your child, try that first!   If your child doesn’t seem to have a musical preference then check out my list of recommendations in my next post “45 Modern Pop/Rock Songs for Piano” (I’ll do a guitar list soon)!  Ask your child’s teacher to pick a good match and CRANK UP the distortion on the amp or play the piano with gusto!  And remember, you PAY the teacher!  The teacher wants to keep their student base… so don’t be afraid to be truthful with them about your child’s attitude toward lessons (though I’m sure they’ve probably noticed 😉 )!


My book (a glance inside)…


Since last September, I’ve been working diligently to bring you the first book in a series designed to help parents teach their children music… even if they don’t know music!

The Problem?  

While most children begin school with a head start on letters, numbers, colors and even words, they’ve had little or no exposure to reading music or learning music theory.  This unfortunate trend shouldn’t be surprising as there are almost no resources that enable parents, especially non-musical parents, to teach their children music.  Often, it isn’t until a child is enrolled in private lessons or takes a class at school (if their school is fortunate enough to even have a music program) that they have any music learnin



THE thing that gets me through Chicago winter!

Though it’s *technically* spring now, it’s 17 degrees right now in Chicago.

I don’t do well in cold weather.  I am self-diagnosed SAD (seasonal affective disorder).  I lose my zeal for life, I’m terrible at calling friends back, I’m not very productive, I forget to put on makeup… I have SAD bad (Dr. Seuss anyone? “Dad is sad. Dad had a bad day”).  When we were in college, my husband wrote a song “Always Winter, Never Christmas” (inspired by C.S.Lewis’ book “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe).  You don’t need to hear the lyrics to know it was really, really sad… (more…)