After a day of singing along to high-pitched tunes demanding that you all fall down, you might be looking for songs you and your preschooler can both enjoy. These songs capture the joys and frustrations of parenthood, some having been written by parents themselves. Whether you are looking for something new to inspire your children to dance, making a collage for Father’s Day or attempting to recharge your batteries before another round of “Ring Around the Rosies,” check out some songs for parents.
The Coffee Song
Singer and songwriter Ralph Covert understands kids. His clever, beat-driven tunes make his Ralph’s World albums popular for preschoolers and their parents. He includes a track for tired parents with “The Coffee Song,” on the Ralph’s World album, “At the Bottom of the Sea.” In this song, he jollily sings how “M-O-M-M-Y needs C-O-F-F-E-E.” The song is entertaining and oh-so-true.
Teach Your Children
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young captured the responsibility and sweetness of parenthood in the classic, “Teach Your Children,” first released in 1970. The classic crooners encourage parents to let go of their personal problems and “feed them on your dreams.” Children will choose their own way in the end, but that isn’t the point. Over 40 years later, the fact that they love you is still what matters most.
I Hope You Dance
Grab some tissues for Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance.” Filled with advice for a courageous life and a mournful look at the wonder of childhood, this song captures the hopes parents feel for their children in the present and for the future. It also may inspire you to take a spin around the living room with your preschooler, because in every life, one should take the option to dance.
In My Daughter’s Eyes
Becoming a parent is life changing, and Martina McBride captures the best of them in her song, “In My Daughter’s Eyes,” first released in 2003 on her Martina album. McBride’s ballad reminds parents that they are seen as heroes in the eyes of a child, and points out the undeniable need to live up to that expectation. Nothing inspires someone to be a better person more than seeing their reflection in a child’s eyes.