Music Makes Me a Better Mom

Music has always been a big part of my life. I studied voice in high school. I enjoy quiet, but most of the time I’m listening to music. Until I had kids, that is. Then the filler in the background became cartoons.

The other week it dawned on me that I hadn’t listened to much music around the house lately. It inspired me to start again. I found the wireless speaker, it used to go with me everywhere, and had my husband set up the bluetooth for the TV speaker. My playlists might need a little updating, but the songs I  have still make me wanna dance. I listened to the music all day. It was one of the most productive days I’d had around the house in a while. Both kids were at daycare, and the music gave me life.

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Ever since motherhood, I find it hard to focus on completing one task. The music seemed to take me out of my head, and I didn’t feel lost or overwhelmed like usual. The music made me happy! Normally when nap time rolls around, the second I sit down to eat my lunch my energy just plummets! But the beat kept my blood flowing. My household chores weren’t as mundane. I was in a good mood. I felt like a better me. When I picked the girls up we had the best night. I was so happy to see them, like I am every time, but the feeling didn’t fade once we got home and the whining started. By the time bedtime came around I felt as though I had conquered the day. I wasn’t wanting to run for the hills pulling my hair out. The witching hour hadn’t devoured me.

“Music is What Feelings Sound Like”

I’ve started playing my music daily and I get to be more playful. I giggle and dance with the girls. They love it! We will take the music outside, Cora has even started wanting to sing in the car. I have more patience. The girls don’t ask for the TV on. I’m so disappointed I forgot how music can influence my mood. I still need my coffee every morning, but I have re-found a great way to put the spunk in my day.

It took me a few days to make it a habit again. Had to remember to keep the speaker and my phone charged. I started updating my playlists. I’ve always kept ones for different moods. Sometimes if I’m too playful the dance mix can actually distract me more than motivate me. On those days I listen to more easy/alternative rock. On rainy days, or “office work” days, I love cafe music like Sinatra. When I am hanging with the kids, they are obsessed with the Trolls Soundtrack. Luckily it’s a pretty fun collection.

It’s funny how music can effect a person. Almost every song from the 90’s and 2000’s I have a vivid memory to go along with it. It makes me so excited to think that in 10 years, when I hear these songs again, the memories will be of my family. Of these cute little faces smiling up at me!

“Music is the strongest form of magic” – Marilyn Manson

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Comments

  1. Erin Al-Awar

    I so agree with this. Every time I have music in the background it improves my mood and amps up the fun factor! My lazy person hack for this is turning on the Music Choice channel on TV. Calm me old school but whatevs! 😘

  2. To Give And Get

    It’s so wild I ran across this post when I did. I have been a stay at home mom since my daughter was born a year ago. I have always been a huge music lover and was always in the loop of new music and new albums. Ever since Lilly was born, I feel like I never listen to music anymore. The other day I was totally stressing over mom stuff and my boyfriend said, “Why don’t you sit down and listen to music anymore?” It really got me thinking…why don’t I. Music has always been a therapuetic thing for me. Growing up I was in choir and did all the competitions and concerts just to avoid going home after school. Music really use to be my life. How had I forgotten how much I love it and how much it helps my anxiety? So I turned on the music channel yesterday and just listened to music all day. Lilly loved it and was dancing and watching. We danced together, we laughed together, and for once I finally felt alright again. I totally back this post 100%. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Chelsea

      Crazy how we can get so wrapped up in motherhood we forget the simplest things we used to do just for us… listening to mediocre, our favorite pre-baby dinners, what we would do with our spare time, ha ha! Glad you got your groove back too!

  3. thecoffeemom0617

    I love just putting on some music and dancing around the house. It is usually how I get the motivation to clean the house haha. It usually ends up being 90’s and 00’s music, like NSYNC.

  4. Jacqui Woods

    We have music playing almost all day. My oldest likes the Kidz Bop iHeartRadio station, it’s not too bad. I get to sneak my music in sometimes.

  5. simplyburch

    We love listening to music when we clean and also while we are doing school. Such a fun and relaxing way to enjoy usually mundane activities.

  6. Laneic

    True! I play the music for the “tone” i want to set. I do it in my classroom too. Music is definitely connected to our emotional and spiritual state ♬♪

    1. Chelsea

      I love exposing them to all kinds of music. I can see it working as they have started dancing more and sing as they play throughout the day! Even making up their own songs!!!

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