Whenever the King gets cranky, irritated and unsettled (and I rule out hunger or a wet nappy as a cause to his misery), I know its time to break out the big guns and belt out a tune or three. Apart from milk, its the only way to calm the savage beast, this singing lark.
So why does singing calm babies? And when I say ‘singing’ I am by no means a Maria Callas. Characterized by a greater emotional voice quality, raised pitch level, undulations and faster/slower rates or tempo, the squeals of delight I receive are my equivalent to a standing ovation for the tone deaf drone I give off. An audience of one is all I need.
Songs like “Dance, magic, dance” and “Circle of life” seem to help optimize Kingsley’s grizzly moods and regulate his arousal levels. Chirping away disco styles calms the boy down.
Now I have been told that I can play recorded music to Kingsley too, but it won’t have nearly the same effect as singing will. You see singing is a super-charged way of connecting to my baby. It has the element of human interaction that little ones crave and need for their cognitive, language, and emotional development. Plus I usually get him off his grumpy bum for a dance-off as I bleat along.
Dance, darling DANCE!