It’s important to me that I spent one on one time with my children. I am still trying to figure out the balance of this whole work at home/stay at home mom title I have going on, but this is precious time together takes priority. Something that has worked for me the last few months is to have each child enrolled in a class individually that I take them to. I like to call them our little “dates” and we usually retreat to one of our favorite cafe’s for a sweet treat afterwards.
This past season Gemma was in a gym class, Siella in ballet, and Ryder in karate. I made sure to be present for almost all of them and tried to be conscious not to schedule appointments or events at these times. With summertime just around the corner, and Siella already out of school I am beginning to plan out our summer schedules.
The girls and I had the opportunity of taking two trial classes with Music Together this past month. Music Together is a class I’ve taken in the past when Ryder was younger, and just adore how sweet this class is. Siella and Gemma are 21 months apart and each enjoyed the same class, while taking away something different. Siella loved the vocal part in the class, while Gemma had a blast pounding on the drums. Both classes were a mix of parents and caregivers and every adult in both classes participated, something I think is extremely important and makes for a successful class.
Musical activities, especially the Music Together classes are something my children look forward to each week. While they are learning the fundamentals of music, they are having fun while we spend our special time together. Music Together offers music classes for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Their philosophy is based on the premise that all children are musical and that parents play a crucial role in activating their child’s music development. The classes include songs, rhythmic rhymes and movement, and instrument play activities that are developmentally appropriate for the children and easy for caregivers, regardless of their own musical ability.
Music Together were one of the first music programs for young kids in New York City created over 19 years ago and were the first music class I ever signed Ryder up for. They create a fun, informal, social setting that spurs engagement and supports each child’s musical development. The program has grown from a few classes in a residential building downtown, to over forty classes held at thirteen different NYC locations.
The girls and I loved the classes so much that we signed up for the summer semester. I decided that while Ryder is at camp this summer, this will be a fun activity for “just the girls” to do together.
Visit www.musictogethernyc.com for details and locations.