Nursery rhymes and football seems like an odd combination, I know. This afternoon, however, they made the perfect pair.
Nusery rhymes aren’t for everyone. In fact, they’re basically for a small (pun intended) demographic. Most of us don’t get in our cars on the way to work humming “The Wheels on the Bus,” or “Old MacDonald.” If you have small children in your home, though, well—they’re basically a daily part of life (kinda like brushing your teeth). Whether you really feel like it or not, you kind of need to do it anyway.
In fact, I believe singing nursery rhymes is one of the most fundamental ways to teach your child how to communicate. There are others (i.e. reading, drawing, speaking, charades, you get my point). However, from the time I was able to prop my children up on my legs, and stare at their inquiring eyes, I have sang nursery rhymes to my children to help them communicate.
What’s that? You fell down? That’s why you’re crying? Here, let me kiss your boo-boo and let’s sing “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider.” No? How about “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star?” Chances are, your child will like singing them with you. If not, chances are, your child will lie their head up against your chest and let you sing to them. Either way, they are a pretty awesome way to spend time with your kid(s).
Having multiple children in your household is a challenge in itself, but trying to get more than one to do anything at all cooperatively, is more than I can handle sometimes. It is a rare moment when I (or my wife) get actual 1 on 1 attention with our kids.
This afternoon, one of the babies fell asleep, and the other was making a ton of noise in their room. Fearful of waking up the sleeping baby, I (although I was trying to watch my Kansas City Chiefs whoop up on the Oakland Raiders) gathered the wide-awake baby up, sat her on my lap, and had some much-needed 1 on 1 time.
Yesterday seemed like eternity ago (where she was singing Justin Bieber’s “Baby” all freaking day long). Today, seemed much more like a normal dad to 18 month-old conversation. Basically, I was like “Say Football” and she would mutter something that kinda sorta resembled the word football. She basically is a professional at speaking gibberish. Don’t believe me? Click here to find out what I mean. Luckily for her, I’ve taken gibberish three times already, so I can speak it pretty well. I love our conversations, and I love singing nursery rhymes with her.
Please keep in mind, I am no professional singer. In fact, I probably fudge half of the words to basic nursery rhyme songs. However, I will take these memories I make with my children with me everywhere I go in my head forever. Sometimes, as adults, we are too busy to stop and smell the roses (or in this case, sing some nursery rhymes) that we forget how crucial they are (were) to our learning.
The football game I was watching was incredible! Almost every time I glanced behind Audrey’s head at the TV, the Chiefs had intercepted the ball again (six interceptions in one game)! They beat the Raiders 28-0, the first time they had shut out an opponent on the road since 1973!
I have to tell you though, it was so much more enjoyable to watch cuddling with my baby, singing songs, and spending time with her. I truly do treasure times like those. I hope you’ll take time to sing a nursery rhyme soon (even if it’s in your head). Don’t worry, I won’t tell. 🙂