How many of you sing to your children

Lissa - posted on 06/24/2011 ( 31 moms have responded )

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A while ago I was absentmindedly singing a lullaby at work, a colleague was surprised by this. He is in his 60's and from an island in the outer hebrides, he told me his grandmother used to sing it to him. It's a very very old traditional lullaby which her granny had sung to her. We got to talking about it and I sing a lot of the very old traditional songs to my children, my mothers family as far back as anyone knows was an islander but these songs are dying out. I also sing them an Italian nursery rhyme (Dana you might know this one)

Sega sega mastro Ciccio
una patatina e una salsiccia
la salsiccia ce la mangiamo
e la patatina ce la conserviamo

Did any of your parents sing traditional songs to you and do you sing them to your children. I fear it's a dying culture.

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Jo - posted on 07/21/2011

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I always sang to my children and my nephew as babies and they each have their own song. I love that sometimes they will just start singing it or humming it. I know then that they know how much I love them and that they are thinking about me even if it is subconsciously.

Esther - posted on 07/18/2011

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I sing to my son every night. Always the same songs in the same order. I start with two Christian songs in Dutch (even though we're not religious but these were songs my mom sang to me when I was little and they are sleep inducing), then a Dutch lullaby and then I switch over to you are my sunshine, hush little baby, rockaby baby and then "beautiful boy" by John Lennon. When Lucas was 2.5 and had to be taken to the ER to get stitches in his forehead, the only thing that calmed him down was me singing those songs to him. I'm certainly not a great singer but it's good enough for him.

Alison - posted on 07/14/2011

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oh, someone marked my post as funny as I was editing it. I studied professional writing in college and have this habit on constantly redoing what I write.

Alison - posted on 07/14/2011

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I wish I knew more lullabies. I sing church songs with my kids and sometimes rock a bye baby (but I don't like that song).

Stifler's - posted on 07/13/2011

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I used to hum Saturday night and Wake me up before you go go and now I've started singing Baa Baa black sheep and stuff since this thread but I feel Logan loves normal songs better.

Charlie - posted on 07/13/2011

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All the time , I sing them guns and roses sweet child of mine to sleep and my fiance and I always jam ...he plays guitar , I sing.

*Lisa* - posted on 07/13/2011

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My mum used to play her guitar and sing to my brother and I. I found it so comforting. Except there was this one song that used to make me sad. I remember crying one night because I thought she was singing that she was going away. Totally missed the point of the song. Anyway I also sing to my almost 2 year old. He tries to talk over me at first but then just gives in. I recorded a few songs and my husband uses those to put him to sleep too. Fun!
Oh and hi everyone! been a while :)

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We love music in this house. =)

My husband is always singing hymns. My daughter loves nursery rhymes. We do a fair bit of the traditional children's songs too.

It's fun. It connects us as a family. Not to mention, it's great for developing vocabulary and verbal skills!

Becky - posted on 07/11/2011

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I sing to my kids all the time. Lullabies, songs from their favorite TV shows, Sunday school songs, nursery rhymes, etc. Whatever pops into my head. At my son's request, I even made up songs about all his Cars. I think I missed my calling, I should've been in one of those silly kids bands! haha! Although recently, my 3 year old has started asking me to please not sing. So maybe I have an overinflated perception of my talent in the area, LOL! My boys both love being sung too though, and they love music. My 3 year old sings all the time, and my 22 month old is starting to sing "The Wheels on the bus" with me - he sings "round and round, round and round" it is the cutest thing!

Vegemite - posted on 07/10/2011

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I'm always singing to my kids. My husband asked me why the other day. I do it because they love it and it keeps them concentrated on something other than having to put up with me changing them, bathing them, drying them, putting them in their car seats, getting impatient while food is being prepared. Whatever else will cause them to have to keep still for more than a minute otherwise it's all a big struggle.

Jayce - posted on 07/06/2011

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I can't carry a tune in a bucket but I'm always singing. I sang lullabys when my guy was little, I make up silly songs about whatever we're doing at the moment, I sing along with the radio and my guys kiddie CDs. I will sing along to the music playing in stores while shopping and I will belt out a tune while out for a walk (got some dirty looks while singing '5 Green and Speckled Frogs' while out for a family walk tonight. Their loss, we were having fun).

I honestly don't remember if my parents sang to me (I think they must have).

Merry - posted on 07/05/2011

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I used to sing when putting Eric to sleep, I would sing amazing grace, he requested it a few times, he called it 'sweet sound' I usually ended up humming it because it took him a long time to fall asleep and my voice got tired.
He also loves kid songs, like twinkle twinkle is a favorite of his, and today he picked up his toy guitar and started singing Itsy bitsy spider, water spout, down rain, water out, *mumble mumble* all rain, Itsy bitsy spider again.
So cute! He's almost getting all the words (hes2)
He also likes 'no more monkeys jumping on the bed'
Oh and his favorite Sondheim on cd in the car is Justin biebers song 'baby oh' well idk if that's the official name, but that's what Eric calls it :)

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One of my son's favorite songs is Sugar Town by Nancy Sinatra. :)



Tom T. Hall songs are also great.

Stifler's - posted on 07/04/2011

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Logan doesn't liek kid songs but if we put on Saturday night by Cold Chisel he shuts up. same with any ACDC and Wake me up before you go go by Wham.

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I tried singing lullabies to Ethan to calm him when he was a baby but they didn't work - I soon discovered a song he loved and that would instantly soothe him - The Bear Necessities from the Jungle Book - oddly it was a song I found myself humming when I was pregnant with him, so he must have got used to the tune in my womb :-)

Now we sing everything from nursery rhymes to rock music - we love music to sing and dance around the lounge, I'm sure Ethan and Poppy will cringe though when they get older lol.

Kellie - posted on 07/02/2011

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Rayne's favourite is 'The Wheels on the Bus', LOVES it. She can be having a total meltdown and she'll start calming down by the end of the first sentence. I don't sing all the time but she does enjoy it when I do. I just wish I knew more songs to sing, don't know any lullaby's at all either.

I seriously doubt anyone, let alone my Parents sung to me when I was little. They could have but I remember virtually nothing from before age 7.

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Sure what am i saying.I would of grow up hearing old Irish songs sang to us.I have thought these to my kids.It got me singing them again.My daughters were delighted.Not lullabies but its what would of been sang to the young by the grandparents of the family.

Jenn - posted on 06/29/2011

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Me...poorly! My kids like it and that's what matters. I do as my mom did and make up words to a tune they know and the words generally involve references to what we are doing at the time.

Stifler's - posted on 06/28/2011

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I wish I could sing but I'm too embarrassed even in front of my own kid.

Stifler's - posted on 06/28/2011

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My mother in law sings Baa baa black sheep to my son. It's funny.

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Lol well i never shut up singing.My girls could sing before the could do anything else.We love to sing.I love singing to them.My heart melts hearing them now singing back songs to me and there dad we sang to them as newborns.Ahh sure i sang before they were even born.

My mom never sang from what i recall.My foster mother was always humming..always.Pretty humming lol.



I always had a love for gospel music as a kid.No one around sang gospel.Heard it on tv and fell in love with the soul&passion of it.

I sing a few gospel songs to my kids.Eye on the sparrow.Change is gonna come.Bridge over troubled water, amazing grace.I love all types of music and also lullabies.Hush little baby, twinkle little star.

I tend to sing them my way.So the girls don't really know the original tune.They have wonderful little voices.I am very proud of them.



So happy i could pass on my love of music to my children. ♥ So in turn they can pass it on to there children.Pass on the songs i shared with them as little kids.

Nikki - posted on 06/25/2011

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My parents didn't sing to me, but I sing to my daughter. I wouldn't call them lullaby's but I know hundreds of children's songs from work so Issy and I have lots of fun singing together.

Elfrieda - posted on 06/25/2011

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My parents sang to me, not just traditional lullabies, but whatever they felt like. Hymns, songs that were on the radio when they were young, whatever. I sing all the time, too. I find it easier than talking all the time. You know how they say to talk about everything that you're doing so that the baby learns lots of language? Well, that's not for me. It bores me to tears. I sing instead.

As for traditional songs, I'm learning lullabies from all over the world to sing to my son, but in my ethnic group it's not so much lullabies as these little poems to do with the baby's hands and toes. I think they're called finger plays? My mother-in-law does them constantly with my son, and I'm trying to learn them.

Lissa - posted on 06/25/2011

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An added bonus of singing to them when they are tired is for years singing that song makes them sleepy. I was singing to a Josh when he was very small in a room with two ten year olds, a 13 year old , a 14 year old and my sister. My sister and i were trying very hard not to laugh when we realised half way all them them had stopped talking and were looking very bleary eyed.http://www.circleofmoms.com/positive-beh...

Riana - posted on 06/25/2011

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Likewise I have a very bad singing voice so yes I sing fun songs with my children but no I never sing to my children.

However my mom sings to all her grand children and must say it reminds me of her singing to me when I was small and I love hearing her sing to my kids. They love it too.

My two are 4 years apart (Annika 10 and Kobus 6) and when my son was a baby and even a todler his sister always used to sing Grandma's lullaby to him calm him down when he was upset. SOOO SWEET I love it.

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Unfortunately I have a HORRIBLE singing voice, and I promise I'm not just saying that. It makes me cringe. I do sing along with Roxanne, but no, I've never been one to sing a gentle lullaby to sooth her to sleep.

Haha! My mom sings that song to her. I don't know much Italian. There's also another one that she does with Roxanne on her lap.... I'll try and find the words to it.

Catherine - posted on 06/24/2011

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i try to sing nursery rhymes to my little 2 every day and they join in and I always listen to music when doing the housework so they are alway around music its helped my daugthers speak and my son dance moves

Shannintipton - posted on 06/24/2011

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I did sing to my first one and have now found out he thinks I stink. I had to laugh out loud. My little one chimed in too. They both think I do not sing well. His poor ears. No wonder he was crying all the time. LOL

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