Lilu and I have always bonded over music. Ever since she could talk, we have made time during every day to sing and dance to our “jams” (generally super-cheesy 80’s music.)
Like any kid, she’s not always very enthusiastic about waking up for school.. One day last week as I was tucking her in to bed, I told her I was going to come in the next morning with music blaring to wake her up. That way, I explained, she would have to be in a good mood.
7am rolls around and I forget. Lilu didn’t. She sat right up in bed: “where’s the music?” I quickly retreated to my room to grab my phone. When I came back to help her get dressed (she still lets me choose her outfits–I’ll enjoy it as long as possible) I was playing “Higher Love” (our official family song.)
Well wouldn’t you know, Lilu hopped right out of bed with a smile on her face, already suggesting which song to play next. The rest of the morning was entirely pleasant as we ate breakfast together, heads bobbing to the tunes playing from my portable speaker. Lilu was even ready for school ten minutes early.
Lilu is very big on traditions, so I believe we will be jamming out each morning from now on. Adding music definitely improved everyone’s mood– myself included. I’m not sure why I didn’t think of it sooner, but I’m sure glad I found a way to make mornings a little bit easier!