So here it is, not just a couple of days from Piper’s first birthday (!!!) but the anniversary of my 72 hour labor, and horrendous hospital stay.
It’s, actually, a lot to process. And there certainly hadn’t been time to do that right after she was born!
I’m sure I’m not the only mother to come around to the first birthday of her first baby and feel the dichotomy of elation for the birthday of this amazing, sassy little ball of love and light and a deep anger and grief in relation to the trauma and post-partum experience. (Piper was in the NICU and although completely healthy and passed all tests within the first 48 hours, she was kept there – we were separate – the whole of my stay . Which was long to due the emergency C Section).
So….I’ve decided to take some of my own advice. ”When I’m feeling angry, and every thing’s gone wrong, I want to sing, and Angry Song!” The best way to deal with our emotions is to, well, feel them. So – why not sing my angry song? And why not share it with you, too?! So……. I edited the live version of the Angry Song from the Miss Nina & The Jumping Jacks gig at the Brooklyn Public Library from this past December.
As you’ll see and hear from the song – sometimes feeling our anger can get to be even a little fun. And presto – catharsis!
We are so in-love with our little Piper – her joy and light far outshine the experience of her birth. But one can’t help but feel reflective at the first birthday. I’m sure you can relate! (Feel free to leave a comment below, if you’d like!)
Hope you enjoy the video. It’s a great opportunity to discuss anger with your children and how to deal with our angry feelings without hurting others or ourselves.
Wishing you a wonderful week! xoxo
Well, sure, we’ve done If You’re Happy and You Know It before. But this time, by request, we’re going to explore some other feelings as well as happy: sadness, anger, silliness & love!
These emotions and their accompanying faces and behaviors seem self evident to us – but children don’t always readily identify them within themselves and need to see how other human beings exhibit feelings. So using song to demonstrate can be very helpful and educational for them.
And of course, it’s just fun. Fun to freely express feelings through song. Woohoo!
Enjoy the video and I’ll see you next time!
A short and sweet version of a Girls Scouts classic, Make New Friends. In honor of Valentine’s month I thought I’d keep the Love flowing to all of our friends.
This is a simple sing-along song, and I’ve provided the words at the bottom of the video as I sing them.
Once you and your little one know the words, join hands in a circle with some friends and sing it while you go round-and-round. It will emphasize the second verse of the song, too: A Circle’s round, it has not end – that’s how long I want to be your friend.
Enjoy the video!
Happy Almost Valentine’s Day!
Okay…so we’re a few days away, but if I wait until next Tuesday to share this video, it will be too late!
Back in December I had my new friend, Amelia Robinson of Mil’s Trills, come over to perform her song “You Have My Heart” for the video show. And we decided it was the perfect song for Valentine’s Day which is why we waited all this time before sharing it with you! If you like this song, please check out Amelia’s website and her new debut CD, “Everyone Together Now” over at www.MilsTrills.com.
And parent’s I gotta tell you, although I knew of Amelia as a fellow musician and entertainer in the Kindie Music community, I “found” this song as mom. I came across her video of this song at some point when Piper was a just a few months old because it was filmed at one the location’s that my Mommy group often met at. And when I saw the video of her singing to all these sweet toddlers, I just melted. And sang the song all day long. You can find that video over at her website on her video page.
Enjoy the video and the song – a sweet love song that also includes some body identification for our young ones.
Have a wonderful week and I’ll see ya next time!
Happy Valentine’s Day month!
A little under the weather this week, so I’m taking a little break to get some rest and sharing with you a whole playlist of Miss Nina’s Love song videos!
Just hit play and you’ll get to watch Bushel & A Peck, followed by Skinnamarink, You Are My Sunshine, Love Grows, Tony Chestnut and Snuggle Puppy!( Or rather, your child will get to watch them, and you’ll get nearly 20 minutes to yourself! )
Enjoy – and I’ll have a new video (with a special guest!) for you next week.