The bond between a parent and child is something so strong and so special. Many people never thought they can love a person so deeply until they had a child. Parenting is hard, but it’s beautiful and utterly rewarding. There’s no greater joy than seeing the person you brought into this world grow. And if you’re a child, you know you’ve been a piece of work sometimes (maybe until today), but perhaps you’d like to appreciate your parents’ selfless commitment and lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing you.
Over the decades, there are so many songs from parents to kids, and from kids to parents songs about parenthood and tributes that speak of this special love connection between family. Here are some of them:
- A New Day Has Come, Celine Dion
- Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy), John Lennon
- Blue, Beyonce ft. Blue Ivy Carter
- Daughter, Loudon Wainwright III
- Daughters, Nas
- Dear Theodosia, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr.
- Father and Daughter, Paul Simon
- Father Daughter Dance, Craig Cardiff
- Gabriel and Me, Joan Baez
- Gracie, Ben Folds
- Growing Up, Deb Talan
- Just Fishin’, Trace Adkins
- Here For You, Neil Young
- I Can’t Wait to Meet You, David Ryan Harris
- I Hope You Dance, Lee Ann Womack
- I Love You Sweet Baby, Kimya Dawson
- I Thank You, Sam & Dave
- I Turn to You, Christina Aguilera
- In My Daughter’s Eyes, Martina McBride
- Isn’t She Lovely, Stevie Wonder
- It Won’t Be Like This For Long, Darius Rucker
- Letter 2 My Unborn Child, 2Pac
- Little Star, Madonna
- Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel), Billy Joel
- My Baby, Britney Spears
- My Girls, Animal Collective
- Only One, Kanye West
- Sail to the Moon, Radiohead
- Song For The Baby, Kelis
- Sweetest Devotion, Adele
- Thank You, Dido
- Thankful, Kelly Clarkson
- The Early Days, Old Man Luedecke
- The Mother, Brandi Carlile
- The One Thing, Shakira
- The Sweetest Gift, Sade
- This Angel, Jennifer Nettles
- There Goes My Life, Kenny Chesney
- To Zion, Lauryn Hill feat. Carlos Santana
- What I Never Knew I Always Wanted, Carrie Underwood
- You are My Sunshine, Johnny Cash
- You Belong, Rachel Platten
- You’ll Be In My Heart, Phil Collins
- You’re Gonna Miss This, Trace Adkins
- Your Song, Elton John
Some Musical Activities To Try at Home
Music has been something humans have bonded over for decades, so it is not surprising that you can create a more memorable and deeper bond with your child by listening to the same music or finding artists that you both love. Introducing children to music has been proven to help with their development. It can thus be a great way to help them develop mentally and have fun with them simultaneously. Here are some musical activities that you can try at home.
Many people enjoy listening to music alone, but when you share the music you like with your children, you can share the experience of enjoying it together. Additionally, there are many songs with great messages behind them, which can help provide them with positive attention. You can sing the song with them, imitate their movements or simply interact with them to show that you are giving them and the activity your full attention.
Play Musical Games To Influence Emotions
One of the reasons why listening to music is so popular is because it evokes emotions. If you want to help teach your child to regulate their emotions better, you can use certain songs as they will help impact their mood and arousal levels. For example, singing them a lullaby and cuddling your child can help soothe them to sleep. It may also help reinforce certain habits they will remember for the rest of their lives.
Use Musical Games for Speech/Language Development, and Pre-Academic Skills
Music can also be used to provide a learning experience and help your child develop particular speech, language, and pre-academic skills. You can play certain games with songs which can be a fun way to spend some time together. You can also teach them practical skills such as counting, the alphabet, colors, and more using songs.
Many songs have talked about the relationship between parents and kids, highlighting the importance of that relationship. These songs are a tribute to this special relationship. They are perfect for listening to when you miss your parents or children.