The Connection of Sound: Bonding with Your Kids through Music

I’ll never forget the day my mom called me into the living room and as I entered I noticed a recognizable box sitting in the middle… it was her vinyl music collection. We sat down for an hour digging through the old box as she told me all the stories she had about the music of the time.

That day was the day that I fell in love with music; it was also the day that I really started to bond with my mom on a new level because I got to know a lot more about her than ever before. Suddenly there was a “cool” factor to my mom.

Whenever I visit my parents you can bet that music is always one of those big conversation topics.

You see – music is one of those items that can really bond you and your child unlike any other type of activity or interest because music is so personal.
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The Amazing Healing Power of Music

Jerome Preisler, author of Daniel’s Music
Topic:
One family’s journey from tragedy to empowerment through faith, medicine, and the healing power of music
Issues: An amazing story of survival against the odds; how Daniel Trush suffered multiple aneurisms, was in a coma for more than a month, endured multiple strokes, and was given slim to no chance of survival. But just a decade later, he completed the NY City marathon.

Hofsas House + Carmel Food Tours + Thinking Teacher + Daniel’s Music

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hofsas house hotelKeri Tice, from Hofsas House Hotel in Carmel by the Sea, California


carmel food tourStaci Giovino, owner of Carmel Food Tours


Oliver Quinlan, author of The Thinking Teacher
Topic:
How teaching educators to become better thinkers helps children become better thinkers too
Issues: Why the traditional teaching model of simply delivering a curriculum is completely inappropriate for the 21st Century; helping children become participants in the subject they’re learning rather than simply acquirers of information; how to develop yourself into a thinking teacher who will help nurture thinking children


Jerome Preisler, author of Daniel’s Music
Topic:
One family’s journey from tragedy to empowerment through faith, medicine, and the healing power of music
Issues: An amazing story of survival against the odds; how Daniel Trush suffered multiple aneurisms, was in a coma for more than a month, endured multiple strokes, and was given slim to no chance of survival. But just a decade later, he completed the NY City marathon.

Forget the Savage Beasts, Will Music Soothe My Child?

Dear Mr. Dad: My 9-year old son is having some medical tests in a few weeks, some of which involve drawing blood, and he’s already getting nervous. He’s had shots before and did okay, so I don’t think this has anything to do with needles. When I ask him about it, he says he’s worried about how much it’s going to hurt. Honestly, I’m a little nervous about the whole thing too. Is there anything I can do to help him?

A: You have my sympathy. My youngest went through a seemingly endless series of procedures, including some pretty heavy duty blood draws. Fortunately, she’s like me in that she seems to enjoy watching needles go into her arm. Still, like your son (and most other normal human beings), she’s not wild about the pain.

It’s good that you’re thinking about this now. Pain during medical procedures can traumatize kids and may have long-lasting negative effects (just think of how many people are scared of going to the dentist). Before you schedule the lab work, talk to your pediatrician. There are topical anesthetics than can minimize the pain of the needle sticks. And your doctor may be able to order a mild sedative for your son, as long as it won’t interfere with the blood tests.

I also suggest that you talk to the lab tech about bedside manner before the blood draining starts. With my daughter, the phlebotomist laid out 19 vials on the table. I have to admit I was a little freaked out, thinking she’d have no blood left at all. My daughter seemed to take the whole thing in stride, but it would have been somewhat less shocking to take the vials out one at a time.

One of the best ways to help your child is to distract him—something a number of studies have found is very successful at reducing pain and anxiety during medical procedures. You could read him a story, sing a song together, recite a poem, watch a video, let him play a game on your smart phone (as long as he can do it with one hand), or even do breathing exercises. As I’m sure you know, the patterned breathing used in many childbirth prep methods doesn’t actually reduce pain; it just makes it a little easier to get through.

One of the simplest distractions of all is to simply bring your MP3 player and a few of your son’s favorite tunes. A new Canadian study found that children who listened to music while having IV needles inserted into their arms in the Emergency Room were less stressed than those who didn’t listen to music.

Lisa Hartling, a researcher at the University of Alberta and the study’s lead author, found that besides reducing the children’s stress levels, there were also some positive “secondary outcomes,” including lowering the children’s heart rate, reducing the amount of pain they perceived, and making it easier for the provider to actually do the procedure.

Hartling also noted that playing music reduced parents’ anxiety, which leads me to perhaps the most important thing you can do: try to relax. Our kids take cues from us on how to behave, especially in unfamiliar or potentially frightening situations. If you look (and act) nervous, worried, or scared, your son will immediately assume that there is something to be nervous, worried, or scared about, and he’ll behave accordingly.

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Making Music Together

[amazon asin=B000RMUHTA&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 1: Ken Guilmartin, founder of Music Together, and author of Music Together.
Topic: A research-based, developmentally appropriate childhood music program.
Issues:All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning.

How Children Learn Music + Military Family Programs + “Spouse Calls” Columnist + Young Military Journalists

[amazon asin=B000RMUHTA&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 1: Ken Guilmartin, founder of Music Together, and author of Music Together.
Topic: A research-based, developmentally appropriate childhood music program.
Issues:All children can learn to sing in tune, keep a beat, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning.

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