Every semester I talk about how important it is to sing lullabies. I finally found a great article that tells some of the benefits of lullabies. And here is another one: http://thelovingnest.com/on-the-importance-and-benefits-of-singing-lullabies/
I was lucky enough to grow up in a family where music was a part of our every day life. We sang in the car, every night after dinner and my siblings and I were always sung lullabies before going to sleep. I can't remember a time when there was not music. My father came from a musical family and had a great singing voice. He taught me rounds, descants and harmonies before I was 4 years old. My mother never sang a note in key her whole life, but I loved it when she sang. She didn't know many songs but made up her own words to existing songs. I can still hear her singing, "Rock a baby, rock a bye; Rock a baby, bye and bye" to the tune of Rock of Ages. That is one of my most heartwarming memories from my childhood. I hope you enjoy both articles, and please sing to your child or children every night.
Deb - I had time to finally read your blog and thank you.
Lullabies have always been part of my routine and it has always hada calming a soothing effect, especially as babies but well into childhood. what I noticed a few times lately is exactly what you said, that my children will start telling me something about their day, or thoughts that may not always come out unless having that relaxed moment to unwind and think...........