Monday, May 25, 2015

Guest Post - 6 Reasons to Buy an Instrument for Your Toddler



Toddlers are easily attracted to things that make a sound. It comes as no surprise that they enjoy musical instruments. Whereas you as a parent will probably shudder at the thought of equipping your little one with a drum set (for obvious reasons), but there is actually a good reason to do so. Here are a few benefits.




  1. It can teach your kids discipline -  Learning an instrument is not an easy task. As any other skill you want to acquire in life, it requires patience and persistence. Unless you are devoted to it, you won't be able to master it. Likewise, your children will learn to be patient and disciplined. They will understand that if they don't spend time practicing, they won't be able to learn the instrument. If they want to succeed, they will have to dedicate some time to it.
  2. Your children will build confidence -  No matter how advanced they are, they will be proud of their progress. Even if they are not extremely successful at learning the instrument, your kids will build confidence. Mastering a new skill is always an opportunity to learn new things, no matter how old you are.
  3. This is a great opportunity for your children to make new friends - Children are exposed to instruments in Preschool, Kindergarten, and elementary school. Many move on to play a musical instrument in high school. When they grow up, they can join music clubs and meet other people with common interests. There are a few things that can bring people together and music is among them. Your children will be able to build social skills. Children want to communicate with their peers too. Consider inviting other parents with their kids so that they can show off their skills and socialize.
  4. Music is a stress-reliever - Unless you listen to gloomy songs, music can lift your spirits and relieve stress. The same thing will happen to your kids. Don't disregard your children's dramas. Anyone at any age has problems. No matter how inconspicuous your kid's problems might seem to you, to them they are pretty stressful. Children have many fears. Learning an instrument can take their mind off the drama. Before they start worrying about bad grades and problems with peers they will learn that there are many great ways to shake stress away and music is one of them. If you are lucky enough, they will choose to play the piano or the guitar over the drums.
  5. Here are a few to consider buying -   A pair of rhythm sticks, maracas and classic xylophone seem very appropriate for your toddler. There is even a complete band available if you want to buy your small one more than one instrument.
  6. Music is great. It is food for the soul -  There are no disadvantages of good music. It has a whole host of beneficial effects on living creatures. For example, in human beings, it is shown that relaxing music can lower blood pressure and is good for the heart. Music can make you dance. Everybody enjoys music. No doubt your small one will too.
Most toddlers have short attention spans. They may get bored quickly, but is wise to encourage your children to take up a hobby. This will help them discover what they like doing and what they don't. Nobody knows if they will enjoy a particular activity unless they give it a try. Someday your kids will thank you.


Patricia loves to play along with small children. She has two beautiful nieces who teach her new things every day. She is keen on topics related to DIY, home improvement and sustainable living.  Patricia is co-owner of HomeCleaing Chiswick


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Sunday's Best Linkup - #21




Welcome to Week 21 of  Mother 2 Mother's Sunday's Best Linkup This is the last week for our May Flowers theme. It's the month to plant gardens and flowers, open pools, fire up backyard grills, makeover outdoor spaces, and turn the kids loose in the yard. In addition, we would like activities for kids inside and outside, recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover and gardening tips, SEO and blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, backyard projects, front porch makeovers, spring organization tips, and ideas for indoor flower arrangements.  

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Blogging Tips From Pro Bloggers - Life In a House of Testosterone #BloggerInterviews



Welcome to Blogging Tips From Professional Blogger Part II.  Today I am interviewing the witty Kim Miller from Life in a House of Testosterone. Kim will contine to enlighten us with tips and tricks for those who wish to grow their blog.  Lets begin the interview:

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sunday's Best Linkup - #20




Welcome to Week 20 of  Mother 2 Mother's Sunday's Best Linkup Our theme this month is May Flowers. It's the month to plant gardens and flowers, open pools, fire up backyard grills, makeover outdoor spaces, and turn the kids loose in the yard. In addition, we would like activities for kids inside and outside, recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover and gardening tips, SEO and blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, backyard projects, front porch makeovers, spring organization tips, and ideas for indoor flower arrangements.  

Sunday's Best Linkup #19




Welcome to Week 19 of  Mother 2 Mother's Sunday's Best Linkup This week we're celebrating mothers around the world. Our roles as mother's doesn't come with a manual, and it's a job that we never stop doing no matter how old our children get. We can change jobs or retire from them, but you never stop being a mother. For all those moms who have lost sleep, don't eat, shower or brush your teeth, endure vomit, poopy diapers, and picky eaters only to get up the next day and do it all over again, Mother 2 Mother would like to wish each of you A Happy and Blessed Mother's Day.  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Whoopi Goldberg: Sugar Plum Ballerina Books Review



I love Whoopi Goldberg. She was a teen mother who gave birth at 17 and went on to become a funny, highly intelligent actress and author. She is the mother of 1, grandmother of 3 and great grandmother of 1. I discovered the Sugar Plum Ballerinas books while looking for Christmas gifts for my granddaughter. I'm a diverse person who incorporates diversity into my blog, but truth be told there's not much on the market for Bi-Racial, Latino or African American children in the form of books relating their culture. The market is getting better, but there's room for improvement.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Turn It Up Tuesday #86

Welcome to Mother to Mother and the 86th week here at Turn It Up Tuesday! Hope all of the mothers out there had an amazing Mother's Day!!!

Guest Post - 7 Easy to Grow Indoor Plants

                                       

                                     
It’s hard to admit this, but I am terrible at growing houseplants. The list of greens that have met their doom under my thumb is rather extensive. This knowledge of my innate ability to either drown a flower or deprive it of necessary nutrients – like water – is a subject of shame when I look at my mother-in-law’s garden, which is full of blooms worthy of Eden.

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