Yesterday I was running a mundane errand, the kind I tend to put off until necessity drives me to finally just take care of it.
You know, like running out of toilet paper or getting a ticket for having an expired car registration or getting a warning letter from a credit bureau because of your 4-year-old’s overdue library books.
(All purely hypothetical examples of course.)
(Have I mentioned that I’m a procrastinator?)
To be honest, I was kind of resenting the fact that I had to interrupt my schedule and feeling more than a little sorry for myself about the whole thing. And then from the backseat I heard a tiny toddler voice begin to sing.
I looked in the rearview mirror at my daughter, sporting Hello Kitty sunglasses and a ginormous smile. By this point her whisper had grown to a full-on toddler wail, belting out a favorite song.
You make me haaaaapppppyyyyy, when skies are gwaaaaayyy.
Suddenly I wasn’t feeling so sorry for myself anymore.
I started thinking about the importance of music in my children’s lives. They’re constantly walking around the house singing and dancing and being, well, KIDS. It brings me so much joy.
And since music is such a huge part of our life, why not bring some of those influences into the children’s spaces around my home? I’ve rounded up a wonderful collection of children’s song-inspired accessories and decor for your toddler’s room.
These simple reminders of the joys of childhood— the ring-around-the-rosies and tiny fingers playing Itsy Bitsy Spider—really put the drudgeries of adulthood into perspective. Maybe it’ll inspire us all to take a moment, between the paying of the bills and the scrubbing of the baseboards, to rediscover that childlike magic.
I hope you enjoy!
Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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