We know that the power of a mother’s voice can calm and even heal a little baby, but in turn whoever wrote some of the world’s best known children’s songs certainly knew what they were doing to create such catchy timeless classics.
Songs like ‘twinkle twinkle’ and ‘Mary had a little lamb’ have pretty solid track records for consistently entertaining children and keeping the family content.
When I first became a mum I was dubious about some of the more recent tunes from my new ‘friends’ until I realised that I too could be caught quietly singing ‘mashed potato mashed potatooo’ like it meant something while I was in line for the photocopier at work.
The song I find most versatile in my house is ‘row row’. Its uses are endless. It’s a fun game that I can play with the one year old and the three year old; it can be played up into a melodramatic performance; a brilliant way to coax away the tears after a fall; or a distraction and indication of time when I’m brushing knotty hair or encouraging the kids to brush their teeth for a decent amount of time.
To the composer of the song: thank you.
Let us know your favourite song or nursery rhyme….
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