I don’t know about you but my Tuesday had a case of the Mondays which is not cool. No amount of coffee or tea was making a difference. As motivated and accomplished as I was yesterday, today I was moving at the speed of a snail. I did manage to drag myself out of the house for music story time at the library.
This is our typical Tuesday, the 30min class gives me a sanity break when my son wants to listen. Last week was not very pleasant and we left without getting the coveted stamp. This week he looked at me and said “Me nice mommy.” It went much better than last week, praise the Lord! He listened and participated in his own way. Our good friend and her daughter (who is the same age) were there too. For one song her daughter decided to lay down and sing a different song while everyone else was standing and following along. My son decided for the standing windmill song with “shakers” to lay down and do the movements, humming along with his own words. Our kiddos aren’t the only ones who sometimes march to the beat of their own drum. Some moms get really frustrated, some completely ignore their kids (those are my least favorite), and others keep an eye on them but don’t interfere unless necessary. I try to only get frustrated when he really isn’t listening; wandering out the room, not following the rules. I help my son with the movements when he wants me to but lately I’ve been letting him do his own thing. I laughed today listening to my friend’s daughter singing her own song and my son doing his own moves. They were being creative and who are we to stifle that. Like I said, I don’t just turn a blind eye to disruptive or unsafe behavior but if he’s not hurting himself or others I let him go. His older sister still loves to make up stories, songs, dances and I love them!
Trying to be like everyone else is exhausting and boring! I like to be original and that’s what I want for my kids. So who cares if everyone else is singing one song, sing your own and rock out!