Being a parent is rarely easy. We are highly motivated to support our kids as much as possible, but in some situations it can be difficult to know exactly how to help. Here are some things you can do in class to make things more interesting and enjoyable:
♥ Love this moment of togetherness. The time you are with each other in class is one of the rare instances in the day where you have permission to put your phone away, forget that dinner will require preparation later, or that there are stacks of laundry waiting for you. Despite what others say about treasuring every minute because they grow up so quickly, it is more important to treasure the beautiful moments when they happen. Let Kindermusik time be included in some of those moments.
♥ Model for your child what your expectations are for him/her. Want to raise a reader? Use the time before class to share a book, or listen during class story time, too. Do you value the vocal development we offer in class? Sing with us! (Honestly, your kids don’t care what you sound like.)
♥ Encourage your child’s creativity. Modeling, as discussed above, is a great place to start. Consider an activity like instrument play: how is your child playing with the sandblocks? Can you do something similar with only one? Can you do something similar in a different spot, or to a different rhythm?
♥ Engage your child. If you asked him/her questions like, “How might we play with this scarf differently?” what kind of answer would you get? Do you know your child loves dancing? How might you mirror what he or she is doing?
♥ Stay with them. It may be that they just can’t sit in a circle at a particular moment, and that’s OK. But make sure they know you’re with them and that you’re interested in their safety. When they’re ready, they’ll join us. If we’re all up dancing, be sure to dance near your child, so that when he/she is ready to come back to your arms, they know where to find you.
If you ever have questions, talk to your teacher. There’s no perfect way to parent, in or out of Kindermusik class, and we want you to feel comfortable with us.