Today I am sharing a peek into the 10-Day Family Recharge, which begins today, and writing about how I use music to help set the mood in our family. (You can also watch a quick Recharge welcome video I made this weekend — while hiding in my car — right here. :)
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Ready. Set. Go.
Welcome to Day One of the 10-Day Family Recharge. Yeah!!!
One of the first things I do — before I host an event, set off on a road trip, or even start my work day — is to think about how I want to feel and what music will help to get me there.
(This is an important part of how I ‘Set My Compass’ — Step One on the Daily Rhythm Sheet found in your Welcome Kit.)
So today as we begin our 10-Day journey towards Reconnecting and Recharging with our families, I thought it would be appropriate to start with a Soundtrack.
I watched this You Tube video (“Bohemian Rhapsody On the Way to School“) a while back and was touched by the power of singing, sharing music and being silly with our kids. I was also inspired to put together some car-singing music of our own!
Today, I am sharing some of my thoughts about creating a positive mood using music, along with some of our family’s current favorites.
And I’m inviting YOU to create your own family playlist(s)!
I hope you enjoy!
Love + Light . . .
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One of the most important things that I have learned to pack in my parenting ‘tool box’ is a good playlist and an easy way to access it.
Music sets the stage. It shifts the energy.
It speaks to us on a visceral level.
This is why millions of dollars are spent creating soundtracks for our favorite movies.
And this is why I am inviting you to:
Take some time to create a playlist (or two or three) that feels good and lifts the vibration in your home.
(Or some other wonderful way you have of listening to music that I don’t even know about — and that you can share with the rest of us!)
The point is to play DJ for a bit and pull together a special family mix that sings to your heart and helps you to feel connected to those you love.
How we listen:
We generally listen to music through Spotify, which my husband and I are able to stream through our phones using a (relatively inexpensive) wireless speaker. In the car, I am able to plug in my phone and listen to Spotify or my iTunes playlists. In my husband’s car, which only has a CD player and no adapters for electronic devices, we tend to listen to audio books, the radio, or a favorite CD.
(Note: Spotify is a paid service. I’m not an affiliate, nor do I have any connection to the company. It is just what’s working for us right now, so I am sharing it. I’d love to hear what works for you!)
Current Favorite CDs:
Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players – Pop Fly (Singing in the car / dancing around the house music.)
Spa Suite (Quiet music for starting and ending the day.)
Our Current KidzBop / Family Dance Playlist on Spotify:
I should note that our children our 8 and 6 and are really starting to take interest in Top 40 music. Even just two years ago, our playlist would have looked very different than this. (As in a whole lot more Dan Zanes and Laurie Berkner and a whole lot less Top 40 dance music.)
As our children’s interests evolve, we’re wading our way through these uncharted waters and navigating Pop Culture together. Sometimes we (my husband and I) say no to a song that they request if we feel the language is out of line with our family’s values or just not age-appropriate. Sometimes we stretch ourselves a bit and say yes, even though some words might make us slightly uncomfortable, but the overall feel is positive.
It’s a dance.
Sometimes it’s smooth. Sometimes we step on toes.
But no matter what, we’re in it together.
If you already have a playlist of favorite songs, when is the last time you cranked it up and danced and sang with your family? (Family Karaoke anyone?)
If you do not have a Family Playlist, start jotting notes as you move though your day. Songs you like. Songs that remind you of something fun. Ask your kids. Check out the Kidz Bop collections. Borrow some CDs from the library. Start building your Family Playlist.
For those of you with older children, how do you navigate Popular Culture and determine what music feels okay for your family?
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Wishing you a beautiful Monday.