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Apryl Duncan

Rocking with My Rugrats

By May 14, 2012

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I'll let you in on a little secret. Try to keep it quiet.

A picture of kids playing with bowls as musical instruments
Everyone's a rock star at our house.
Photo Apryl Duncan
It's really loud at my house. I mean LOUD!

My boys love music. We listen to Coldplay, dance with Usher and sing along with the Beatles.

I even made the mistake of teaching my 5 year old how to make the "rock on" sign with his fingers. He thrusts his little hand high in the sky several times a day and shouts, "Rock on, Mommy!"

Sharing music with them started long before they were even born. My older son gave me his very first kick when I was pregnant with him while I was listening to Rick Springfield's Jessie's Girl. I don't think it's any coincidence that Rick Springfield's Greatest Hits is my boy's favorite CD.

As much as my kids enjoy singing and dancing around the room, nothing gets them wound up as much as making their own music. We have plenty of musical instruments -- a guitar, drums and a tambourine, to name a few.

But what really brings out their inner rock star comes directly out of my kitchen cabinets. Pots. Pans. Wooden spoons. Measuring cups. Mixing bowls. Tongs!

My kids can make a musical instrument out of anything. This usually means lots of beautiful noise is coming out of our house at any given time.

Making musical activities a part of their daily routine brings out creativity you just can't teach. And when they're all grown up and head out on their world tour, I'll be the one in the front row singing right along with them ... while wearing my ear plugs.

Rock on.

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