Have you ever heard someone say, “You need to learn how to relax”? Well, they were right. Relaxing is a learned behavior that even the youngest child can begin developing.

In Kindermusik, we include a quiet time specifically designed to learn and practice relaxation techniques, such as rocking, listening to soothing music, or snuggling a favorite
stuffed animal. Your child’s world can be full of stimulating experiences. Teaching her how to relax after a period of activity gives her time to recoup and prepares her for what’s next. An added bonus: Children who know how to relax and self-soothe can be better sleepers. (Although, you might still wish for a visit from the Sleep Nanny at 2:34 am!)

Forget about a “play list.” Make a “relax list” in iTunes. When your child needs to wind down for naptime or bedtime, play songs like “Sleep, My Little Bird” and “Wild Geese Are Flying.” Eventually, she will begin responding to the musical cues and the relaxation techniques from class and . . . well . . .relax. You will, too! Let music make bedtime easier.

Looking for more relaxing music to listen to with your child. Search “lullaby” at http://bit.ly/nfeDRe for Kindermusik favorites!

Here’s a little something to get you started!

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