Inside: Here are the absolute best love songs for kids so that you can share them with your own child for an instant dose of powerful connection.
In my family, we show love for each other in the typical ways you might expect – hugs, I love you‘s, and playing our favorite games together.
But one of our go-to ways to communicate love might be a little non-standard: song lyrics.
When one of my kids feels sad or we need to repair our connection after a tough moment, I’ll play one of our favorite love songs for kids. Then depending on whether it’s a mellow or an upbeat song, we’ll cuddle up on the couch or have an impromptu dance party. Or sometimes while they’re busy making art or building with LEGOs, I queue up a special song and say, “Hey, listen to this. It makes me think of you.”
And it works, every time. Because research shows that listening to music together creates healthy bonds and builds positive memories.
But Here’s the Problem With Love Songs for Kids
Most love songs aren’t all that kid-friendly. Often, love song lyrics are clearly about the romantic love of a couple. I’m guessing playing “When a Man Loves a Woman” for your kid probably isn’t the effect you’re going for.
Plus, many love songs’ lyrics are flat-out not appropriate for kids.
Obviously, you would never want to play an overtly risqué love song for your child, but a lot of love songs have at least a line or two that could create an uncomfortable moment when you play them for your child and you’re both paying very close attention to the lyrics.
But here’s the real kicker when it comes to love songs for kids: The songs that are specifically made for kids tend to be so saccharine you can’t help but cringe, and they often sound like they could be the theme song to an obnoxious kids’ TV show. Swinging wildly to the other end of the spectrum, the songs written about a parent’s love for a child are typically so slow they could put you right to sleep.
The best love songs for kids are the ones you and your child will actually want to listen to together.
I’m a mom of four, a Certified Parent Educator, and the author of Happy You, Happy Family. I believe if you want to nurture a loving parent-child relationship that will last into the teenage years and beyond, the time for nurturing that kind of relationship is now. As a bonus for joining my weekly newsletter, download my free cheat sheet of 75 Positive Phrases Every Child Needs to Hear, plus three important pitfalls to avoid when encouraging your child with positive phrases.