What is the mindset of your child in the morning?
Are there exclamations of, “Good Morning!”, to you and your child’s sibling/s? Or is it more along the lines of groaning, “I’m tired!” and “I don’t feel like going to school!”? Or do you ever hear this line, reminiscent of some of my collegiate mornings, “Turn the lights off and don’t talk so loudly!”?
Every morning brings an opportunity to start anew.
Why not consider adding positive mindset work in the guise of music? You’re not only setting your children up for success, but you’re creating an environment that sets yourself up for success, too.
What parent doesn’t need a mental boost in the morning?
Here’s what I mean. I’m giving you three song suggestions that you needn’t worry about being a professional singer in order to do with your kid.
“Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’,” from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical, Oklahoma!.
“Oh, what a beautiful mornin’,
Oh, what a beautiful day.
I got a beautiful feelin’
Ev’rything’s goin’ my way.”
“You Are My Sunshine,” written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell. Here’s the chorus:
“You are my sunshine.
My only sunshine.
You make me happy when skies are gray.
You’ll never know, dear, how much I love you.
Please don’t take my sunshine away.”
“You Are My Sunshine” also happens to be the state song of Louisiana!
And, finally, another song to positively impact your child’s mood is “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” from Disney’s Song of the South by Allie Wrubel and Ray Gilbert.
My, oh, my, what a wonderful day.
Plenty of sunshine headin’ my way
There are many others! These just happen to be our favorites. You can easily google them to hear multiple recordings in order to get the tunes in your head.
I purposely composed a song that is a morning mantra.
In my upcoming children’s album, I wanted to include a song that encourages a positive mindset. I consciously thought about words that could impact a child’s thoughts and make them feel empowered and ready for the day. My song is called, “Starting Here, Starting Now.” Think of it as a morning mantra for your family. Here are the opening lyrics:
Full of hope.
Full of heart.
This day we start.”
My daughters, Mo and Gigi, both sing the opening canon (think “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”) and I can’t wait until you hear it!
Have you listened to “Do Unto Others,” yet? If not, head on over to my website and sign up for the FREE download! For a limited time you can download one of our songs that teaches about the Golden Rule. It can also serve as a morning mantra!
We look forward to hearing your morning music mantras!