|Flanna's favorite artist right now--Lorde from New Zealand|
Somehow, magically, I coerced him into just walking with me for a few minutes in the hallway. I used my handy dandy emotions thermometer (see below) and had him tell me how he was feeling. Turns out he was "tired", he grumbled. His morning had been rough. He just wanted to go to sleep.
Well, I have a soft place in my heart for kids who like to sleep. I myself wish sleep was a recognized hobby or competitive sport, because I would get the gold medal.
But back to my story.
The transformation was instant. His face brightened. He smiled and danced a little in his seat. He sat up straight. He completed his speech work without needing a single redirection. What had been an exhausted, defiant, upset fourth grade boy, became Mr. Cooperative Student of the Year, just like that.
So, you've got a cranky kiddo? Just add music. You've got a grumbly 4th grader? Just add music. And hey, if you yourself are feeling overwhelmed and tired and heading home from work to pick up your child from childcare and trying to remember if you defrosted the chicken last night and feeling guilty that there is no way you're going to the PTA meeting tonight…well, maybe, just maybe, you can Just Add Music. And let the moment be transformed.
What about you? Do you find that adding music to your day makes it better? And what's your favorite music right now?