How Singing to Your Child Aids Both Their IQ & EQ Development
Singing is one of the best things we can do to lower stress and boost our mood, and many parents sing to their children in hopes of seeing that wonderful smile on their little face.
If you understand the power of flow of energy with intention, and the power of energy from sounds on the mental and emotional state of humans, it’s no surprise that singing to our children creates an emotional bond, and therefore aids the development of EQ (Emotional Intelligence) from the child’s earliest age.
Before we dive deeper in the mental benefits of singing to your child, we share this video about a 10-month-old baby that has gone viral (close to 22 million views…)
Now, all babies cry. And some a lot! But, in this video you’ll see a baby shedding truly emotional tears rather than plain crying, while listening to her mother sing. It seems as though the child understands the lyrics as she goes through a whole range of emotions, offering the occasional wistful smile between streams of tears. Watch the priceless reaction in the video.
But did you know that apart of the emotional connection and the related development of EQ, there are major benefits of singing to your child on the mental level too?
Studies have shown that singing to your child can help them develop even before they learn to speak. Let’s explore why this is the case.
Benefits of Singing to Your Baby Before They Can Speak
Most parents start singing to their children from the day they are born. And even if that is largely before they can even speak, research has now shown that singing is an essential precursor to learning to speak. The way we sing might sound very different to the way we speak in sentences, but songs actually contain a lot of important characteristics of our native language.
Researchers believe that singing is a crucial part of helping your child develop the language skills necessary for their nursery and school education.
Studies have shown that children respond differently to live music than they do to recorded music, and babies are more responsive to music that comes directly from the parent. Therefore, it’s important not to rely on recordings or television shows when your child is still a baby. If you do, make sure you sing along with them at the same time!
How Singing to Your Child Supports Learning
When children are old enough to understand more, singing is an amazing way to help them absorb information. Attaching important information to a melody makes the information easier to absorb. Whether this information is educational, or whether it’s simply helping them to learn regular patterns of speech in our language.
The benefits are even greater when children are encouraged to sing along, which not only helps to develop their skills of reciprocal communication, but also on the use of their voice and their longs, as well as many health benefits on their breathing and the vibrational effect singing has on all their organs in the chest, lower belly, throat, eyes, nose, and brain.
And if you stimulate them to creating actions and dances to go along with the songs, this helps to improve their total body motor development, coordination and sense of rhythm. Furthermore, children with a better sense of rhythm have been shown as more likely to read well!
How to Introduce More Singing Into Your Child’s Life
Now you know how important singing is to your child’s development, it’s time to make sure you include it as much as possible. If you’re not a good singer, or don’t remember lyrics of your own childhood songs, you can purchase special children song books with lyrics online.
Some say you can sing any song you want to your child, however, we tend to disagree on this one. Yes, for the development of the mental faculties that would be okay. However, on the development of the EQ, the emotional development of your child, we suggest you choose your songs wisely. To help you get direction, try to get clear of the intentions you have for your child. Do you want your child to become a happy individual being? Choose music and lyrics that are positive and makes you happy…
There are also a number of musical baby groups one can attend to get started. Then, when your child starts school, encourage them to sign up for the school choir. Additionally, try to include singing as part of your daily routine, for example as they are going to bed, or get them to sing along when you’re listening to the radio in the car!
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