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Lastly, consider listening to more music! Smartphones make it easy to have music at our fingertips and even by knowing one artist or genre that you like, Pandora can do the rest for you! I used to only listen to children's music when my kids were awake and playing until I was at a friend's house one day and she was actually listening to good music that we both enjoyed. It dawned on me that not everything had to revolve around my precious little ones and that it was probably good for them to be exposed to a variety of music (so long as the lyrics weren't wildly inappropriate, which can be harder than it should be to ensure.) Another great way to boost everyone's mood, is to put on a few fun songs and dance! Our line up: 'Shake It Off' by Taylor Swift; 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams and 'I Gotta Feeling' by Black Eyed Peas. The funny thing is, my daughter now requests these as a lullaby at night.
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Now that I've become conscious of these small efforts that make my senses happy, I'm finding more and more changes to make and items to use that all help pass the long days of January. I added a brightly colored mat in front of my washer and dryer, put a lavender scented plug-in in my bedroom, and I keep a stash of dark chocolate covered caramels in my cupboard. It's the little things! Happy Winter.
About the author:
Liza d'Hemecourt is the blog coordinator for Parent Talk. She formerly taught kindergarten and first grade and now lives in Needham with her husband and two children.