You Should Know
Undoubtedly, the most important reason to learn music is to make music. Nonetheless, there are oodles of educational by-products from studying music that simply cannot be ignored. These include larger vocabularies, more advanced reading skills, better memory, and higher test scores. In addition, there are improved reasoning, creative thinking, and problem solving skills. Kids in musical groups like band and choir also develop teamwork skills, self-discipline, self-esteem, and they know how to reach short and long term goals. Talk about transferable skills to every academic subject!
Gosh they’re adorable, but so demanding. We know. We’ve been there. But before you go and make another promise to your kids that you just can’t keep, remember this. They’re listening. And they’re remembering. And they’re learning from you. So, if you make a promise, keep it. It shows them they can trust you. It reinforces their respect for you. And, it teaches them to be promise keepers too. If you don’t think you can follow through on a promise, don’t make one.
Awe is defined as a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder. Experiencing awe can be as simple as taking a walk in nature, losing oneself in music or beholding art. Scientists explain that when people experience awe, they have a reduced sense of self-importance. And, multiple studies have shown that people who experience awe more often are kinder, more generous, more creative, feel less rushed, and have healthier immune systems. Isn’t that awesome?
Children, like adults, want (NEED) to be praised. But how we praise them can have an impact on their mindset. Experts say to instill a “growth mindset” in our children; we should praise the process over the person. That way they recognize the effort it took to get where they are. Praising the person can create a “fixed mindset” making children believe their abilities are innate (which can cause frustration when success doesn’t come easily). So next time, instead of saying, “You’re a good singer,” say, “Good singing!” It just may help them sing even better.
Try munching on sesame seeds. That’s right; these humble seeds can be used to gently remove plaque and tarter without damaging teeth. Simply pop a handful of sesame seeds into your mouth and chew them up, but don’t swallow them. Then dry brush your teeth with your toothbrush while the seeds are still in your mouth. They will act as a scrub and delicately scour the surface of stained teeth. Who knew?