I've heard a million parents lament the fact that they didn't get their children interested in music sooner.
There are also hundreds of adults out there that wish they had learned how to play an instrument when they were younger.
Studies actually support the idea that music stimulates certain brain connections and can actually help children grow smarter!
Music also provides an invaluable outlet for safe expression of feelings and emotions, and can also serve as an important learning tool throughout your children's lives!
Music helps educate in many ways, by developing children's memory skills and nourishing their spirit.
Now, some children are a bit resistant to music at first, but you can easily find ways to encourage them to enjoy music in many different forms early in life.
You need to simply adopt some creative ways to introduce music in your children's life without forcing them to take on a task they aren't interested in (Hint: don't go buy a saxophone and tell them to practice or else).
Here's how you can successfully and gently introduce music into your children's life:
- Allow them the opportunity to select an instrument they are interested in. Even if that instrument is something you consider too large or incompatible for them. Be willing to let your children make their own decisions and encourage them when they do.
- Play a variety of different music in the home whenever your children are around. Turn on the radio and turn off the TV, and make a point to try and play something different every day.
- Teach your children how to sign songs.