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Parents disagree on type of music for toddler's listening

Play all the music. See what he enjoys. Play that. I have some bad news. Your son is quite likely to love dumb bouncy pop stuff like "Let's Get Ready to Rumble" because he's two and it's all bouncy. ...
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Parents disagree on type of music for toddler's listening

Let him listen to whatever he wants and let him BE whoever he wants to be. Just because you would like your son to listen to certain type of music or you would like him to be a musician doesn't mean ...
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Parents disagree on type of music for toddler's listening

From my personal experience, if you want your child to enjoy the things you do, make it fun and expose them to it regularly. My son is 4 now, but when he was younger I would sing to him every night ...
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Parents disagree on type of music for toddler's listening

Your kids will get their own tastes in music no matter what you do, so it's an unproductive argument to have with a spouse. Do you listen to exactly what your parents played you? I highly doubt it. I ...
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When to give up learning an instrument with a 6-year-old?

I really feel like you are not looking at the situation objectively. You list 7 issues that present obstacles to your daughters success. You realize that it took a year and a half for her to learn the ...
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How can I forget children toys riffs?

Not sure this is the answer you want to hear. I learned to not hear those toys along with zoning out repetitive kids sounds that meant everything was fine. It took time. I have also used other songs ...
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Parents disagree on type of music for toddler's listening

I agree with the rest of the answers here, largely, in that you should remember your son is a separate person, and should not go into this thinking he's going to do what you want him to do with his ...
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Parents disagree on type of music for toddler's listening

Warning: Some of this post is going to come across as a little harsh, but everything I say, I say because I want to help. Anything that I say bluntly, I say it that way because I think that hearing it ...
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How can I forget children toys riffs?

Embrace it or, in the words of a song you will soon know if you don't already... ♫ let it go, let it go ♫ Don't try to unhear or get the song out of your head. Instead, accept the fact that it is ...
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Parents disagree on type of music for toddler's listening

I didn't really develop any music tastes until I was at least 16, and even then it was mostly things that were related to things I liked (video games, internet culture, ect). Your son is two years ...
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Parents disagree on type of music for toddler's listening

This may sound rude, but you should do the opposite of what you're trying to do. Force them to listen to all the "horrid" music, and make them prize their opportunities to listen to the good stuff! ...
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How to approach a child who argues about music practice?

To some extent this depends on why the child is in music. In general, I prefer not to force my children to do any one thing - if they don't like music, then that's fine, don't do it. They have to do ...
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What age should I start my son in music lessons?

No, four years old is not too young to start violin. A few things to keep in mind: Finding the right teacher, one with experience teaching young kids and making music fun, is critical. The right ...
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Parents disagree on type of music for toddler's listening

In one of your comments you wrote: Unfortunately my wife hates most of what I listen to. I have very little time with my son because I work a lot and he listens only to her music, when I try to ...
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How can I forget children toys riffs?

Play a song you like two or three times in a row. That will get your song stuck in your head. You still have a song stuck in your head, but at least it won't be the Barney song or whatever.
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When to give up learning an instrument with a 6-year-old?

The Elite Music Academy in Toronto has an excellent Q&A page discussing many of your concerns. While, as the title of the page suggests, it's aimed at parents considering starting lessons for ...
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Music that helps a baby to sleep

If it is a small baby, generally the singing of the parents is better than any other music as the baby knows this sounds well. When mine are small, if I play anything at all it would be ocean sounds ...
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How can I forget children toys riffs?

You might consider getting rid of those toys. Your daughter is 7 months old, and won't be attached to any of them in a meaningful way. Replace them with more hands-on, less electronic options, and ...
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Commit for a year when starting musical instrument at 8yrs?

I think a year is a reasonable timeframe, if the child wants it enough - but the child really will determine this. One of most the challenging things to teach is persistence - instead of flitting from ...
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How can I forget children toys riffs?

Make up your own different words. If it persists beyond the time where that is amusing, start making up different words (specific to the situation at hand) whenever it’s stuck in your head. A cure is ...
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How do you determine when to start a child on music lessons without pressuring them?

I was personally exposed to music at a very very young age. My mom started me on piano and violin when I was 3 years old. I grew up with music (both my parents are musicians and my brother does music ...
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How do you determine when to start a child on music lessons without pressuring them?

Simple: Check whether he likes the lessons and actually wants to do them at this time. As long as you don't push them "Go to the music lesson! Now! Don't do other things, right now is music time!", ...
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How can I forget children toys riffs?

The researchers found partial support for the theory that earworms occur as a result of the Zeigarnik Effect, in which our minds get stuck on incomplete mental processes. This theory suggests that our ...
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Which is better for a toddler - music or podcasts?

There exist plenty of songs for children, starting with very simple ones, that a toddler may actually learn to sing - it is a very useful activity for speech development. If you cannot remember any ...
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Are there proven practical benefits from teaching music to children?

I have not found strong effects of musical training on non-music related skills in child development in the published research. Intervention studies that are well-controlled, for example, with music ...
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When to give up learning an instrument with a 6-year-old?

Although the benefit of learning an instrument is an amazing skill to have if your young child wants to enjoy this hobby she may want to try other instruments and if she doesn't want that there are ...
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What age should I start my son in music lessons?

Suzuki is very much appropriate for four years old - in fact that’s later than many start (3). The main thing is to decide ahead of time what your goals are here. Is it to enable him? Or to teach him ...
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Which is better for a toddler - music or podcasts?

I could not locate any thorough research that indicated whether a podcast or music would be more beneficial for a toddler to listen to for development purposes—only a cursory article covering the ...
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