In today’s world, where technology is almost always considered necessary, it is not easy for families to go about their everyday lives without any kind of techy gadget involved. A lot of families now seek bonding moments that encourage them to get rid of all these electronic devices and instead make fun and wonderful memories to strengthen family bonds. One of the best alternatives that have been done by most is listening to music. Music can help people in many ways, including families. It increases closeness, helps develop better social capabilities, and evokes positivity.
Music connects kids to some kind of art.
I once sang a classic song while my daughter and I went for a drive. After that, she decided that she loved classic songs too, and then she wanted to learn how to play the piano. Indeed, the universal connection that is formed by singing or listening to music together provides guidance and support as your kids start discovering music as an art form. If you introduce them to melodies and songs at an early age, they will learn to connect emotions of love, comfort, and fun with music sooner rather than later. Look for someone who can teach your kids how to sing, play an instrument, or simply appreciate different kinds of music. Let them explore what genre they enjoy most and which gives them a sense of relaxation and peace. This way, they can associate music by reducing their stress levels or providing them hope despite everyday challenges. When they learn this, they will also come to appreciate just listening to music with you at home, where they are safe and loved.
Listening to music strengthens bonds.
When you introduce music to your kid, you somehow destroy the wall of power and pave the way for a closer bond between you and your kid. Sometimes, being able to appreciate music is among the first things in your kid’s life that they can perhaps have in common with you as their parents. Most of us want to introduce music that their children can relate to, such as songs sung by teen artists or by adults that dedicate their songs to their kids. Typically, children feel far away from their parents because they see them as an authority, but when they listen to music with them, and their parents try to explain what the songs mean to them, they feel the barriers crashing, and they see their parents as friends they can reach out to and who are trying to reach out to them as well.
Music helps improve mood and social capabilities.
By listening to music, some specific areas of our brain are stimulated, and eventually, we learn to feel for others or to empathize. This is scientifically called the theory of the mind. Once we learn this, we begin to identify others’ feelings and how to appropriately react to these feelings. My mom used to sing me a song entitled ‘My Darling, Clementine,’ and when I had my own baby, I couldn’t think of a better song to sing to her than that. Indeed, music that is passed down or shared develops a sense of closeness, even increasing loyalty to family members when they gather around and connect through beautiful melodies.
It is important to note that just as you would like your children to learn and understand you through your music, you should also try and relate to their kind of music. Nowadays, most kids and teens are into hip hop and pop. If they happen to share it with you, don’t give up right away. Try to decipher the meaning of the songs they’re sharing. Perhaps they, too, are communicating how they feel through these songs. So then music does not only become a source of entertainment but one that bridges the large gap between you and your children.
Music encourages expression and physical activity.
How can music get you to perform physical activity? By having a dance party with your family at home! It’s also a way of expressing yourselves in ways that talking cannot. You can teach your children to throw their worries away by dancing it out with all their heart and to feel how light they become after. Dancing has been proven to help reduce stress and anxiety levels; hence, people often go to dancing classes as one of the ways to have peace of mind and improve their mood. When parents bond with their children through music, they are not only instilling the value of togetherness as a family but also the importance of learning how to manage their lives positively. They will learn that you don’t really need to go somewhere else to find happiness when they are troubled. They can do that at home, with their family – or simply by self-reflecting with the help of music.
Yes – music is one of the best tools for strengthening family bonds.
These are only some of the several ways by which music affects a family’s life and the advantages of using it to bond and connect with each other. Once or twice a week, have your kids set their phones and gadgets aside. Turn off the television and take out your favorite instrument, like your old guitar. Sit down on the piano and play a song for your family as they sit together in the living room. Or have a barbeque at the back porch and some great music playing while you and your children dance to the beat of your most-liked songs. And let the music do wonders for your family!