Music is good for the soul. And the family.

We are FAR from a perfect family.

It’s not even something we strive for. Perfection is not only – pretty much unattainable, it’s also overrated, boring and not worth worrying about.

Our kids are good – for the most part – but certainly have some bratty tendencies. I mean, if I’m being honest.

There. I said it.

That felt good.

That being said, as a mama, whenever I start to feel stressed, annoyed, overwhelmed – there is one thing I do that is pretty much guaranteed to help.

Play music.

Yep. In the car. In the house. In the backyard. Wherever we are, we have music nearby. Sometimes, it’s even live music. Having a musician for a husband is pretty much the best thing ever. On a relaxing Sunday morning – he’ll bring out his guitar and play for the girls. They love it. They sing along, dance along and really relax and enjoy the time.

It’s a great way to re-frame a crabby attitude, settle a small sibling battle, or even get lazy-bone kids to move around! I love it. It’s also a great way to get the girls to sleep. Both Emma and Ella have playlists they listen to that helps to get them relaxed and doze off. (***most days)

This is one of my favorite pictures ever. Emma was just a few months old. She was hooked on music from that moment on.

I read somewhere that music is actually good for your heart. Like not just – I love music – like, my heart is healthier because of music. It’s true. Research has found that music improves cardiovascular health, reducing a person’s risk of developing heart disease. It’s also been found to lower blood pressure. How cool is that?

Albert Einstein reportedly said, “If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician.” Yeah, and he was a genius, so that says something!

So music is always in the air. On the radio or live and in person.

And on Tuesday nights, my husband takes that up a notch! He and Emma started a daddy-daughter duo for Facebook Live. It started as a way for them to play and dance for family and friends spread out around the country.  It turned into sometime pretty cool. Thousands of folks watch the videos – and say they show it to their kids.

It’s become a weekly thing – and we love it. We actually look forward to Tuesdays!

So check it out by following my hubby on FACEBOOK.  They usually go live around 7 or 7:30 p.m. – depending on how dinner and bath time goes! Sometimes, sweet Ella gets involved, too. Let me know what you think… or maybe what song you’d like to hear. Scott takes requests. Sometimes.

So, the next time your little one is having a tough day, put on some tunes – it might help soothe the moment. 🙂

Trust me, your kids will NEVER forget those afternoon dance parties in the kitchen. My older girls still talk about that kind of stuff!

Mary Friona

Mary Friona

Following my heart with my husband and four daughters. An Emmy Award winning journalist lucky enough to work in television & radio for 20 years - seeing wonderful places, meeting great people and telling their stories.

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