How do your kids let loose, while remaining in the boundaries of what is right and wrong? All that pent-up energy waiting to be burned off, while you try to keep the day from turning into a train wreck.
It has become pretty hard to find something your kids can do to turn off the brain, stop the day-to-day structure, stay away from screens and just be a silly kid. It’s not like when we were a kid and just get tossed out the door to play and figure it out. So many societal factors now prohibit that kind of logic. So what do you do? A treadmill isn’t going to cut it.
In our house, for many years, it has been all about the dance party.
Because rhythm is a dancer, it’s a kid companion.
Cranking some tunes and just dancing has been a form of stress release, family fun and sometimes choreographed brilliance in our household since our first kid could walk. It makes for a lot of laughs, exercise and a chance to showcase some creativity. The bonus as a parent, it’s entertaining as hell to sit back and watch.
I personally have never liked dancing. Always feeling awkward and worried about looking stupid. Maybe I did not have enough kitchen dance parties as a child. Even to this day, several drinks would be needed to even come close to what our kids drop on the dance floor. I am kind of jealous.
Our two boys, they have no care in the world when they are busting a move. It’s always quite surprising to see how well they pick up a beat and truly lose themselves in the song. They pick up the lyrics (thank you for family friendly versions) much easier than I ever have and when they don’t, it’s makes for some amazing wordings.
As a form of exercise for kids, dancing is just as good as any gym class. It makes a child use their mind and body all at once. When you can’t get outside to play a sport, dancing can be done pretty much anywhere. The kitchen, the car, the basement and even at school as long as the teacher doesn’t mind.
Since we have moved into our new house, the dance party has returned. Before, we had people living below us, so we tried to keep the noise down. But now, it’s like a scene straight out of any Toronto club on a Friday night.
Katie and I have always been into music, even if that has decreased since kids. We love a good song while cooking or even doing dishes. There is some form of tunes playing in our house all the time. It has rubbed off on the boys.
Singing in the car, dancing in the rain, bobbing heads while eating breakfast, our boys are plugged in. It’s great.
Even Harry got an A in music at school with notes commenting on his singing and dancing. He certainly did not get those skills from mom and dad.
Just being free and letting your body move spontaneously is great for our guys. It builds confidence, it clears stress and it let’s them show off what’s in their mind.
Boy’s Fave Songs
- Hotline Bling by Drake
- The Hills by The Weeknd
- Watch Me (Whip Nae Nae) by Silento
- Hello by Adele
A History of Dance Moves
Harry even participated in his school’s danceathon to raise money this year.
Get the message? It’s time to unleash the dancer in your kids and watch the magic happen. We plan on having dance parties for years to come. I am sure eventually it will become uncool to do that with mom and dad, but we hope our boys take their obvious rhythm with them wherever they end up. Need a helping hand to get out of your chair and just dance, well I suggest starting with Rhythm is Dancer of course.