What Is Your Parenting Theme Song?

As I sat in the car listening to one of the many pre-set music stations, singing along I might add, I thought about the soundtrack of my life.  What songs best represent me?  How do the songs I enjoy define me?  Or do they?
Immediately, I started making a list of my favorites. You know, the songs that are guaranteed to make you dance a little no matter where you are.  The song that can take a grumpy moment in time and make it go away.  The songs that make you sing even if it’s off key.
Here are some of the songs on my sound track:
Dancing Queen by Abba.  A classic by my standards and perhaps a way to determine my age.  (But we don’t really need to think about my age.)  🙂
Let It Go by Idina Menzel.  Despite the fact that the song was overplayed by radio stations EVERY WHERE in order to make young girls take notice, I like the song.  It causes me to belt out the words most every time.  It makes me remember that sometimes you just have to get over it.
Staying Alive by the Bee Gees.  After all, don’t you just feel like some days as a parent you are just trying to stay alive…  And you should see my moves when this song is on!
Shout by Tears For Fears.  Some days you need to shout, shout, and let it all out.  Enough said.
You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party by the Beastie Boys.  Remember the days when you could go out whenever you want?  You had multiple options for going out?  And now you have to rearrange the moon and the stars to be able get child care at night…  But it is important to get time away-so make it a priority!
All I Wanna Do by Sheryl Crow.  Not only do I love the lyrics of this song, but it makes me remember a time when there were fewer responsibilities.  I did not have to do laundry for 4 people.  I did not have to think about meal planning.  I did not have to rush home from work to relieve the babysitter and make sure homework was completed.  My life was simpler and I could think about having fun most of the time.
And yet, the ultimate song that represents my life is You Are My Sunshine.  This song has been sung by many recording artists including Jimmie Davis, Charles Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Willy Nelson, and Johnny Cash.  It has been sung by mothers and fathers everywhere while holding sleepy children.  It is a classic children’s song often sung at bedtime.  It is THE SONG that I sing to my children every night before they go to sleep.  And it does make me happy!
Do you have a Parenting Theme song?

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Joyeux Parenting

I am the proud mother of two beautiful children and have lived in Boston for most of my life. I have over twenty years of experience as a Child Development Specialist working with new families, pediatricians at Mass General Hospital, and Early Intervention. I have a wealth of knowledge and expertise regarding the challenges related to breastfeeding, behavior management, picky eaters, discipline, sleep, and development. I love being a wife and mother and sharing my experiences-the good, the bad, and the ugly. I am constantly learning about new evidence based information as it relates to parenting. Most importantly, I think it is crucial to recognize that we all make mistakes and learn from them. I am a firm believer that humor is essential as you navigate the world. Parenting should be full of joy and that is why I started my business Joyeux Parenting. Thank you for allowing me to share my experiences with you.

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