Posts tagged child development
Where Is Your Child's Safe Place?

Where do you think their safe place is and let's talk about what I mean by that.

This came to my mind because dancers and music lesson kids are back at Thrive this week to start their Fall semester.

What's happened is there's something I noticed and as students came in our doors this week, some of them haven't been here in several weeks or even some a few months and they came in and smiles and open arms.

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What Is The Most Important Journey For Your Child?

Let's say you're out with your child going for a walk, and you're walking through the nature center, or the woods, or metro park, and you start at the beginning, and you know that you wanna go down to a certain point, or get to a certain point in the park.

After about 20 or 30 minutes you get there.

So what do you want your child to remember?

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What Happens When You Count To 12

I have a question for you. What happens when you count to 12? Let's count.

That may seem like a long time when you're with a toddler because it takes a toddler 12 times longer to process a piece of information than it takes for you to process it.

If you process something instantaneously within one second, it takes your toddler 12 seconds to process that information.

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Why Saying "No" Might Be A No-No

I want you to think about putting yourself inside your child's brain.

We often ask you to do that, and this is another great example of doing that again.

Let's say we just opened the doors to our Kindermusik classroom, and there are some musical instruments on the floor in the middle of the room.

Your child runs in joyfully and picks up an instrument and starts playing, and then goes to another child and tries to take the instrument out of that child's hand.

You see that happening and you say, "No!"

Well, now, what's happened inside your child's brain?

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Savor the Moment To Have a Teaching Moment

A mom recently asked me about what should she do when she has promised her daughter she's going to go somewhere, like let's say we have plans to go to the library today and her daughter starts acting up and behaving in ways that the mom was not thrilled about.

And she said “Okay, well then we're not going to go to the library.”

The mom asked, is that the right thing to do?

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Why Saying "You're OK" is Not OK

Let me tell you a little story. It was a full moon on Sunday evening, and I came in Monday morning to teach my classes. I was in such a wonderful mood, my 10:15 class on Monday morning, which is usually goes so smoothly and have such a fabulous time.

We learn lots of things, we talk about our educational values, and the activities are so fun because these kids, they are so adorable. They have learned to socialize with each other and get along, and we laugh and we have a great time.

Well, the first activity that I tried didn't really go so well. They just weren't having it.

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3 Steps to Saying Goodbye to "Good Job"

Last week, we explored Why Saying “Good Job” Isn’t So Good.

I thought we should follow this up and help you with this a little bit more.

We talked about why saying good job is not always so good because it really puts a judgment statement to your child and when you say good job, your child is thinking, “Well, what's so good? What did I do? What's so good?”

And then if you don't say good job, they're wondering, “Am I good?” “Why didn't you say good job to me?”

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Why Saying "Good Job" Isn't So Good

Let me give you an example.

First of all, in our Kindermusik classes, very often we hear, "Good job," a lot.

Children put instruments away. "Good job. You did it. Yay."

What's happening is, is that we are actually giving a judgment statement.

"Good. Good job. Good job."

But let me ask you this.

Which do you think is more meaningful to your child?

"Good job," or ….

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Why It's Good To Let Your Child "Fail"

That's a hard word to hear, fail! But allowing your child to fail is a very important step in their growth and development.

I noticed in some of our classes when we are exploring something with our children, as parents we want to help them through it. But by doing that we're helping them too much and we're doing it for them.

For example, if we asked the children to paint a rainbow, the parents say:

“Oh no, the rainbow arches just like this, and then this color goes next. Just like this. See, there's your rainbow.”

But in a child's eyes, what's the matter if the rainbow is just a bunch of blotches or a bunch of splatters?

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Fewer Toys = Happier Kids this Christmas

Blog inspired by “It’s true! Giving your kids fewer toys at Christmas makes them happier” by Anne-Marie Gambelin

With the festive season upon us, I have heard many parents in the Thrive studios talking about Christmas gifts for their little ones. The trends, fads, must-haves and “hot” toys change every year but the pressure on parents remains the same.

After all, we just want our children to be happy and to see those eyes lights up with delight on Christmas day.

You will be relieved to know that buying your child more STUFF might not be the answer to a happier household.

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Frogs, Crows, Sheep and Language Development

“What does the cow say?” 


 “That is right!  What does the sheep say?” 


 “You are right again!  And how about the frog, what does the frog say?”  


“Oh, no baby, the frog says ‘Ribbit, ribbit.’”

 “KVA, KVAAA!”  insisted my little one with a hint of offense in her voice.  That was the debate I came to witness when picking up my toddler, Anna, from Nana’s house.  

“Oh sweetie, both you and Nana are right,” I exclaimed as I rushed to the rescue.

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How To Calm Your Child With Music

If there is one maxim in motherhood, it is: There are no uneventful days!  A new day brings forth a new challenge. 

Today’s test had my toddler, Anna, turning naptime into hyperactivity time!

Parents familiar with the napless toddler will anticipate the looming disaster. 

Wiggling and giggling on the bed, Anna’s cards were laid on the table revealing an endless “crankyorama” that was to come.  Panicking, my mind scrambled for solutions. 

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Why Music Gives Your Child Life-Long Benefits

It takes time and repetition for all the learning to be absorbed and processed in your child's rapidly growing brain.

You see, Kindermusik is not about instant gratification.

In this day and age of ubiquitous immediate rewards, that may be difficult for some parents to swallow.

But you can't just press a button and have immediate delivery of the life-long benefits that Kindermusik provides. It takes a little time and patience to tease out the magic.

Despite my enthusiasm, I can't sing loudly enough about the life-long benefits from Kindermusik classes. Luckily neuroscientists agree...

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How Music Helps Your Child With Speech

Communicating with a child who has a speech delay can be challenging, especially when she needs something but can’t verbalize it.

Did you know that incorporating music into regular interactions might help?

Many researchers believe that music activates the entire brain, connecting the right and left hemispheres.

study conducted in 2010 found that children who received music therapy showed an improved understanding of speech, cognitive structures, and even level of intelligence.

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Creating a Special Bond Through Mommy and Me Music Classes

As a mom, you are the first person your child bonds with.

You are also a teacher, role model, and protector.

You want the best for your little one, and strive to create a safe and loving environment that will stimulate learning and independence.

What if there was a place to help you do just that? A place where you'll meet new friends, learn about your child's developmental stages, and be encouraged to learn right along side your child as you create memories together.

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How Music Makes Parenting Easier - Music Classes Help Moms and Dads, Too!

We often talk about how wonderful music is for our little ones. It helps them develop early literacy skills, enhances their imaginations, and it's just plain fun. But we don't always talk about how music makes parenting easier.

Here are three reasons that Kindermusik is good for moms (and dads), too:

Music add fun to everyday chores. Parents and kids together can sing a special "clean-up" song that makes putting toys away into a fun activity. Or, while you're brushing your kid's teeth, try singing this song to the tune of "Row your boat." Make up silly additional verses as you brush along!

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Smoothing Transitions: How Music Makes Parenting Easier

In parenting, one of the greatest daily challenges comes from the need to transition.

Simple transitions for adults, such as getting from one's living room to the car, can become an enormous and dramatic scene when kids and car-seats are involved, ending with the parent feeling drained and the child upset.

By putting the transition to a soundtrack, the rough edges and heartbreaking cries of our most treasured little angels can be alleviated, sometimes as quickly as the time it takes to sing a few notes of a song, or the opening phrase of a chant.

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3 Ways Kindermusik Equals Early Literacy Development for Your Child

Did you know...  There are numerous studies linking music instruction to higher literacy development in children?
A study by Butzlaff involving more than 500,000 students found a "strong and reliable association" between music instruction and scores on tests of reading comprehension.

Kindermusik recognizes this correlation, and we work hard to create an environment where young children are exposed to numerous language and literacy-rich musical activities.

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