We all want a good relationship with our children. We want our children to know that we care about them and are there for them. Spending time with your child doing something fun can help strengthen your bond and help them build skills they’re going to need as they grow.
Hi, I'm Melodie with the Violin Practice Partner, and I've been teaching violin for 25 years. It's my mission to help light the world through music by helping children learn to play the violin, while also gaining confidence, learning important life skills, and improving their academic achievement.
One of the most important relationships in your child’s life is with you. Working now to build a connection and bond with your child will help you stay connected as they grow older. If you use music as a way to connect with them, you can both enjoy your time together, and build a connection that will last.
#1 – Share musical experiences with your child
Studies reveal that when parents share a musical experience with their child, it has a positive effect on the parent-child relationship. These experiences with your child will help them build empathy and social interaction skills they will use for their entire life.
#2 – You don’t have to be talented
Musical experiences with your child don’t have to be elaborate. Listening to music together, dancing, singing along to the radio, or playing instruments together are all great ways to connect over music. You could plan an outing to a concert or performance, participate in a community choir, or even learn to play an instrument together.
#3 – Listening to music together
Studies reveal that listening to music activates areas of the brain that are associated with empathy, positive feelings, and pleasure. It has also been proven that listening to music stimulates the neurotransmitter that activates the pleasure center of the brain and releases dopamine.
#4 - Create a lasting bond
Participating in some form of music appreciation with your child builds a connection between you. The musical bond that you create with your child today, could be the thing that still connects you through the teen years when your child starts to become more independent.
I really appreciate your presence here and how much you care about connecting with your child. If you already connect with your child through music, comment below, I’d love to hear about it! If you found this article helpful, share it with a friend!