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If you are interested in your child being rhythmically inclined, not challenged, or maybe even in them playing a musical instrument someday, (at the very least, being able to keep time to the music others play), my best advice is START YOUNG!
For you gals who have been tromped on far too many times by a number twelve cowboy boot worn by a well-meaning fellow asking you to dance, I’ve got good news for you too. To avoid this problem in the next generation, read on…

Teach your babies what rhythm is by starting as early as two months of age. Bounce him/her (gently at first) on your knee while music is playing, dance around the room (not too fast) with baby held tight but still feeling your body movements. Sing to baby. They know your voice from the time they spent in the womb, so all those songs you belted out in the shower during those long months will sound familiar to the wee one. Have fun with it! You’ll enjoy this time too as you break free from the old routine of JUST BEING MOM!
The ability to hear and bounce, or sway to different beats before even one year of age is not extraordinary but rather a sign of good development of your baby’s five senses and the world around him/her. Sing lullabies as you rock baby’s cradle. Auditory (hearing), concentration, motor skills, and gurgling sounds that imitate talking and singing can all be encouraged and well developed by the tender age of six months if you include music and rhythms.
Don’t be afraid to make a fool of yourself bouncing and dancing around (preferably in rhythm) to a musical beat in front of your stationary baby. Little tykes love watching gestures and movement in others, and this develops their hand/eye coordination as well.
MOMS REMEMBER; your son doesn’t have to grow up to be a left-footed clodhopper on the dance floor. Nor is it necessary for your daughter to blend in with the floral wallpaper and spend time on the benches of life. Teach them to love music and rhythms. Encourage baby to dance! (Now, if your religion forbids dancing, that’s a shame because it never hurt anyone to kick up their heels and cut loose a bit. Besides, as a baby, it surely can’t lead to anything bad if kept behind closed doors with only Mom or Dad as the child’s partner.) Remember; bouncing and swaying to musical rhythms is good for better development of baby’s senses and motor skills.
In the “Good Ol’ Days,” everyone danced, and they took their babies and young children with them to barn dances, and fiddlin’ contests. Kids were taught early on to participate by playing instruments or dancin’ up a storm― it didn’t seem to warp us any, and come to think of it, all of us have rhythm in some form or other.
So get off that couch, put on some great music, and DANCE with your baby, folks! Teach your offspring early in life, having rhythm is a great asset, helps tremendously in the development of young children, and can be carried on for generations to come.

 


 

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