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    Music Therapy Helps Families

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    It is well documented about music’s ability to make the brain a better, high-performing organ but a recent new story about a music therapy program for dysfunctional families made our hearts swell.

     

    Reuters reports on a study published in the Journal of Music Therapy that shows how music therapy can be just as effective as traditional programs for helping to repair and rebuild dysfunctional families. Researchers identified 18 families in which the children were on the verge of being removed from their parents due to emotional neglect. Half of the families were exposed to music therapy programs that involved playing instruments, listening to music and playing musical games with the presence of a therapist. The other half of the participants underwent more traditional treatment.

     

    After six to 10 music therapy sessions, parents said they felt less stressed by their children’s moods and felt more empathetic toward them and, overall, reported having less negative feelings toward them.

     

    Yet, all families can benefit from shared musical experiences, not just those who attend formalized music therapy sessions, says Stine Jacobsen who led the study.

     

    “Singing together or singing for your infant or toddler can be a very intimate bonding activity and comes naturally for some families,” Jacobson says. “The earlier you start interacting nonverbally with your child in a meaningful way the more you might see or feel the benefit.”

     

    So sing out loud with your children. Dance in silly ways and listening to your favorite songs. It just might make your family stronger.

     

    The benefits of music therapy has been well documented in other patients. Read our blog post about music therapy’s effectiveness for Alzheimer’s patients.

     

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    A Music Parody Video That Has Us Laughing About Motherhood

    By now, it is no secret that we love parody videos. Maybe today’s families aren’t gathered around the piano singing songs as much as they were in the early 1900s, but this is certainly a way to be musical and creative with your family. Just ask the Holderness family.

     

    The latest performer we’ve found is Deva Dalporto who describes herself as a bored mom with a video camera (who also is living with a serious autoimmune disorder) who has made viral music videos that have spoofed Taylor Swift, Iggy Azalea and Idina Menzel but our favorite is her take on Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.”

     

    In “I Just Need Some Space,” the mother of two sings:

     

    I am your mama I told you to come inside

    Don’t make me yell cause I’m feelin’ freakin’ fried

    (Freakin’ fried, freakin’ fried)

    No I can’t read that book for the fifteen millionth time

    (Ooo bop bop, shadoo bop bop)

    So just put down the glitter glue

    And go ahead and move along

     

    It’s funny, yet loving and an honest portrait of parenthood. As she writes in her blog: “And be warned, I like to write and make videos with a sense of humor because I like to laugh at the insanity of life, so please don’t take me too seriously. My kids aren’t always total life suckers. Not when they’re sleeping, anyway.”

     

    We also love that her adorable children are featured and we hope one day they can start singing or playing instruments too!

     

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