It’s well know that songs can help kids learn things better. Put a bunch of information to the tune of a known song, and they’ll memorize it much easier than repetition, flash cards, or the (tedious) like.
I haven’t used that yet for Toddler, but I think I will soon. First I need to learn some myself! I can’t recall any from my school days since I have mom brain now. Buuut, I do sing songs a lot – pretty much all day long.
(I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as Toddler sings most of the day as well – at nearly 100dB).
Erika at Dorky Mom Doodles co-opts songs all the time, and I realize we do, too. Sure, I sing traditional lyrics, especially when songs get stuck in my head – which is always – but for the girls I’ve taken to taking the lyrics of rather well-known songs and using it to get them to do something. The singing catches their attention and they tend to listen a bit better than if I just said the words.
Crazy, yes. But I’m a mom of two, so I’m allowed to be a little crazy … right?
Can’t Touch This. This song is probably MC Hammer’s most well-known song, which means my girls probably will never hear it … but they will hear my version! I sing it when they reach for something they shouldn’t. I actually keep these lyrics about the same, as I sing, “You can’t touch that!” (Side note: those pants!!!!!!! Ah, the 90s….)
Give It Away. I sing this at clean-up time, usually accompanied by a weird dance, though not quite as strange as what the Chili Peppers did. My words are, “Put it away, put it away, put it away, put it away now!” Cue open-mouthed stares from Toddler….
Let it Go. When Toddler and Baby are fighting over the same toy – or just plain fighting – I bust out their mutually favorite song. Depending on the situation, the lyrics change, but for example I might sing, “Let it go, let it go! That is your sister’s toy! Let it go, let it go! Find something else to hold!” Usually it prevents tears, being the great distraction that it is; mostly it causes Toddler to belt out the real lyrics in a half scream, half wail. Yikes.
So, that’s my main list for now. It does grow every day. What about you? Do you use songs for coercion as well? (Let’s hope you sing better than me!)