I was listening to Ryan Seacrest on the radio a few weeks ago, and they were talking about how classic kid songs are no longer the norm when it comes to parents singing to their kids. Parents are opting for pop hits such as Rhianna’s Umbrella and Bruno Mars rather than the beloved classics we grew up on.
I hate my singing voice. No amount of alcohol can get me to karaoke, but when it comes to my kids – I learned early on to suck it up and let them endure it. So each night, since each of our children were babies – we still sing them lullabies (our kids are: 2, 3, 8 and 10.) Our 10 year old and 8 year old still ask for their night song, in which I will sing to them every night, even if they start closing the door on my face (I know it will eventually happen!) It’s a sweet tradition in our family, all apart of our bedtime routines. While I don’t shield my kid from the radio (okay, more like Pandora) – I hate the thought of these classic lullabies dying!
So in the spirit to keep the classics here to stay – here are a few oldies I will keep alive and sing to my grandchildren.
The Classics 1 of 6
Are classic lullabies dying? Here are 5 lullabies that this mom doesn't want to see die off!
Itsy Bitsy Spider 2 of 6
The hand motions to Itsy Bitsy Spider get me everytime. The toddlers trying to work the spider up the waterspout. Even before they could sing this, they had the hand motions down.
Row Your Boat 3 of 6
This is my 8 year old's son. It started with a nautical themed nursery and stuck.
You Are My Sunshine 4 of 6
My littlest tries his hardest to sing this, as it's his song - we get to "You make me happy" and then it goes to blah blah blah.... While I don't know if others would classify this as a classic lullaby, I so love this chorus.
Twinkle Twinkle 5 of 6
Am I the only one who totally botches this song each time I sing it, which is every night, regardless- Twinkle Twinkle is a family fave.
Wheels on the Bus 6 of 6
Wheels on the Bus is what we sing to Zeke every night. He rolls his fists, shhs and fake cries, as we sing the song. Last night he was so exhausted and was crying, but as I was carrying him up the stairs he kept rolling his fists - signaling, SING THE SONG!
What is Your Favorite Lullaby?
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