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What is Co-Regulation and how do you do it?

Co-Regulation. It’s the buzz word of our era of parenting. So what is it? In extremely simple terms, it means to calm your baby. But there’s a twist. The focus has shifted a bit since grandma raised your parents.    But let’s back up. In order to understand Co-regulation let’s look at Regulation. What is … Continue reading What is Co-Regulation and how do you do it?

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12 Rhythm activities to do with your baby

Dear Tunester, We’re in the thick of it. It feels like everyone we know has COVID, if the kids aren’t home they’ll be sent home within the hour, and we’re one Antigen away from a thin line on the T. You know what we need? TO BANG IT OUT!!   This week our focus is … Continue reading 12 Rhythm activities to do with your baby

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3 minutes is all you need

Dear Tunester, Today I offer you a 3 minute activity that will increase your baby’s well being and will be enjoyable for you both. Its a win win. Let’s get to it. 2022 has begun!  Remember how last week we talked about the only parenting resolution you need to have? It was doing what you … Continue reading 3 minutes is all you need

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My parenting resolution for 2022

Dear Tunester, I’ve got a parenting resolution for you that I think you can actually keep. Not only that, It’s one resolution that will have the biggest impact on your baby’s and YOUR well being.   You know how people say – enjoy your time with your baby, it goes by so fast?   It’s … Continue reading My parenting resolution for 2022

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The best way to handle family ‘baby experts’

Dear Tunester, Despite the pandemic putting a damper on our holidays once again (we hate you Omicron), many of you will be seeing family in the next two weeks. And that can be heartwarming and helpful. But it can also drive a tired mama INSANE.   Why? Because our family possesses the unbridled power to … Continue reading The best way to handle family ‘baby experts’

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3 Holiday Music Activities to do With Your Baby

Dear Tunester,   Today I’m going to give you 3 holiday music activities to do with your baby including a brand new ditty and a holiday playlist! Let’s do this.   When you look back on your favorite holiday memories, what was going on? Where were you? Were you eating? What were you doing? Who … Continue reading 3 Holiday Music Activities to do With Your Baby

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3 ways my husband and I revive the romance

Dear Tunester, There are two things that can beat a marriage to a pulp: Babies Covid Since you know exactly what I’m talking about, let’s just call out the highlights. With the baby – Utter exhaustion, running on empty, and zero self care are not food for romance. Neither is the “Who Sleeps More” debate. … Continue reading 3 ways my husband and I revive the romance

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The 4 best times to connect with your baby

Dear Tunester,   At this point you know that my biggest mission is to help you feel more in tune with your baby; To help you think less about all the technical stuff and focus on what really matters – your connection with your baby.   It’s the kind of thing we need reminders about. … Continue reading The 4 best times to connect with your baby

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The Utimate Fussy Baby Playlist

Dear Tunester, It’s the witching hour. You’re so tired you’re practically bumbing into walls, your baby is fussy even though you’ve gone through the “what could be wrong?” checklist and can’t find a reason, you’re watching the door just waiting for relief to step in so you can STEP AWAY.   And your baby is … Continue reading The Utimate Fussy Baby Playlist

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To sleep train or not to sleep train?

Dearest Tunesters, today’s topic is one that I know you think about ALL the time – SLEEP.   Believe me, I was right there with you. I was blessed with three terrible sleepers. Apparently there are miracle babies out there who sleep through the night from the get-go. I didn’t get one of those.   … Continue reading To sleep train or not to sleep train?

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How to teach your baby a song

Hi Tunester,   This week you are going to conduct a science experiment with your baby. Let’s see if they can learn a song in a week.   Think it’s possible? I do too.   The tools we’re going to use to make this happen are repetition, gestures, and connection.   REPETITION: Your baby is … Continue reading How to teach your baby a song

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How to raise a morning person

Today’s tip is a simple reminder. Your baby is learning how to be in the world by watching YOU.  Let’s talk mornings.   You know how some people naturally wake up with a smile? And some wake up feeling like the sunlight is an annoying imposition?   I have a feeling you’d like your baby … Continue reading How to raise a morning person

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Should I Ignore the Tantrum?

Let’s talk tantrums.    As annoying as they are, the fact that your baby has tantrums means that they’re doing exactly what they should be doing.   It’s their way of asserting independence, experimenting with limits, and expressing their emotions. They do it with what they’ve got – their voice and their body.   Sometimes … Continue reading Should I Ignore the Tantrum?

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9 things I wish someone had said to me when I had my baby

I was so cocky going into motherhood. Were you? Even if someone had shared the wisdom I needed when I was crazed with my first baby I’m not even sure I would have listened. But boy do I wish I could have taken in what I know now. It would have saved me endless heartache, … Continue reading 9 things I wish someone had said to me when I had my baby

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5 September Survival Steps

Raise your hand if you’re feeling super stressed these days 🙋‍♀️🙋🙋‍♂️   Me too. That’s because we’ve got the perfect ingredients for a Stress Pot Pie:    SEPTEMBER. Always a stressful month. You barely have time to wash off your sunscreen before you feel the energy of the school year starting and workplaces kicking into … Continue reading 5 September Survival Steps

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A surprising way to socialize your baby

Dear Tunester,   Are you feeling like a turtle coming out of your isolated shell these days? Although we’ve been waiting for the world to open back up for a year now, peeking our heads out into the social world may not be as easy as we thought.   And what about your baby?   … Continue reading A surprising way to socialize your baby

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How we decode Airbnb listings

Dear Tunester,Are you planning on going on a trip soon? Maybe you’re ready to venture out and rent a place now that the sun is peeking out from the COVID cloud? Well, I’m here to help. As you know, my family is on a year long road trip this year. And along with learning how … Continue reading How we decode Airbnb listings

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7 tips for skipping the sleep competition with your partner

Today’s post is all about that awful (and often secret) competition we have with our partners once we have a baby to take care of. I call it: “Who Sleeps More”.   You know what I mean.   I’m talking about the darkest part of ourselves that gets unleashed when we are thrown into a … Continue reading 7 tips for skipping the sleep competition with your partner

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This baby CRIES every time she hears this song 😥

Dear Tunester, Did you know that your tone of voice can have a direct impact on your baby’s emotional state? I’m going to show you a video that illustrates this in a surprising way. But first, let’s talk TONE.   Tell me if this has ever happened to you – You meet someone new and … Continue reading This baby CRIES every time she hears this song 😥

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How 2020 changed my life

Dear Tunester, When I asked my girlfriends if we were getting together for our traditional laugh/cry year in review over wine, they thought I was joking.  Are we really going to analyze our goals from last year, and see how they panned out? Are we actually going to plan new ones for this year?  I … Continue reading How 2020 changed my life

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Has 2020 made you a better parent?

Dear Tunester,   2020 felt a lot like 6th grade did for me.   We had just moved to Israel. In the midst of my awkward, pimpled youth, swinging violently from overconfident to wanting to bury myself deep in a hole, I found myself in a completely foreign country. I didn’t speak the language, the … Continue reading Has 2020 made you a better parent?

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Your Family Zoom Reimagined…

Dear Tunester, I’m in the back of a brown Buick station wagon gazing out at the endless wheat fields outside my window. Did I have a seat belt on? Probably not. We’re on a road trip and it’s my dad’s turn to pick the music. Willie Nelson is crooning and I’m rolling my eyes. Another … Continue reading Your Family Zoom Reimagined…

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This is how we’ll win this election

Hi Tunies, Let’s take a breath together. It’s election day. A really important one. And on top of that we’re living through a f*cking pandemic. And on top of that you’ve got your kids home. All the time.   Are your nerves running high? Have you been stress-munching on that leftover halloween candy? Me too. … Continue reading This is how we’ll win this election

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The secret to writing a GOOD song with your baby

Dear Tunester, When we first started mapping out our year-long road trip, there was one place I felt we had to go despite the fact that it would mean a dip south before we head north – Nashville.   On our way there we prepared. We listened to John Denver as we went through the … Continue reading The secret to writing a GOOD song with your baby

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Tantrums – It all comes down to THIS.

Dear Tunester, How have you been? It’s been a little while since we last checked in. For those who don’t know, my family has been on the road for a month. We decided to throw it all to the wind, pile into a car, and explore the country this year. All while the kids study … Continue reading Tantrums – It all comes down to THIS.

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6 ways to ease your kids’ transition into fall

Here we are squeezing out the final drops of summer as the sun sets on this season.Can you almost hear John Travolta and Olivia Newton John singing “Those summer, niiiiiiiiiiiihiiiiiiiiights?” So…now what? Now we transition. In past years, I’ve written blogs during this time about going back to school, picking up our routine again, rediscovering … Continue reading 6 ways to ease your kids’ transition into fall

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We’re actually doing it

Dear Tunester family. We’re actually doing it. The thing we’ve been thinking about for years: Traveling long-term.   For years we’ve talked the idea into the ground, analyzing over and over when the best time would be to do it. Do we go when the eldest is in 7th? Before the youngest enters school? When … Continue reading We’re actually doing it

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Phone down, summer back. Let’s do this!

You guys—I need to detox, and I need your help.   I’m doom-scrolling at 6am, grabbing for the phone at every single lull, stopping tasks mid-way to give myself an “Instagram break”, and worst of all—flipping through my boring feed while my kids are right in front of me.    Are you in this boat? … Continue reading Phone down, summer back. Let’s do this!

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How to nurture social development while social distancing

  So here we are, almost 6 months in. That’s six months sans  popcorn and martinis with the girls, emotional downloads with parents at the playground, and surprise run-ins at the cafe. Our social lives have moved to a rectangle screen and 6-feet-apart hang-outs  with a select few.   And then there’s our kids’ social … Continue reading How to nurture social development while social distancing

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The Coronator Accelerator

Corona Corona,  You’re like a bulldozer.  So much disaster  Everything moves faster   Here’s the gist. I know that your days may be moving at snail speed because maybe  you’ve got your kid hanging off of you at all times, but today I want to talk about how things are also moving so much faster. … Continue reading The Coronator Accelerator

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The ultimate family road trip playlist

Guys, summer is finally here. And although Rona might not be going anywhere anytime soon, it’s time for us to move around a bit and get out there and explore. Safely, physically distanced, of course. Grab your map and sunglasses, or rather your Waze, Cheddar Bunnies, apple slices, water bottle, sunscreen, lovey, paci, books, mask, … Continue reading The ultimate family road trip playlist

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What parenting a baby teaches us about joining the anti-racism movement

Dear Tunester,   I’ve been going back and forth all week on whether to write this post, and, if so, how to do it. There are so many voices we need to be listening to right now. I keep asking myself, “Who am I to add one more? And what if I say something wrong?”  … Continue reading What parenting a baby teaches us about joining the anti-racism movement

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How to talk to your kids about race? Start with a song

Dear Tunester, It’s been a week to end all weeks. I know we all feel raw, emotional, fragile, and scared. For ourselves. For our children. For the future. But I can feel change on the horizon. Can’t you? It keeps my hope alive.   It’s taken a lot to shake our country to its core: … Continue reading How to talk to your kids about race? Start with a song

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How to break out of the quarantine rut

Dear QuaranTunie, Did anyone else’s week go by in a flash? Could May possibly be almost done? Is it Tuesday already?? This month feels so different from March and April which moved like a snaaaaaaiiiil.    You know why? It has to do with newness and sameness, novelty and monotony. Let’s look back.   In … Continue reading How to break out of the quarantine rut

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How to write your family quarantine song

Dear Quaran-tunie, Yeah, many parts of this period of our lives has sucked big time. BUT I wonder if one day we will look back on this time as a sweet one for our families too. A moment in which there wasn’t a feeling that time was limited and someone was always rushing out, to … Continue reading How to write your family quarantine song

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How to get through this? You’ve done it before

Does anyone else feel like all the cards have been thrown into air and you have no idea how they’ll land?   I mean, suddenly ALL the questions are top of mind.   On a broad level I’m talking about things like “Will the economy ever recover? And “Will life as we knew it – … Continue reading How to get through this? You’ve done it before

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Getting your kid to love Facetime with grandparents

Dear tunies, It’s looking like this new reality of Zoom grandpa hugs and Facetime grandma kisses is going to last a while. But the problem is, our kids are kind of over it. So this week, let’s talk about something that’s become essential to our living these days—how to keep our little ones engaged with … Continue reading Getting your kid to love Facetime with grandparents

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How to get siblings to get along – Part 2

Hi Tunester,  Last week we talked about IF, WHEN, and HOW to intervene in your kids’ altercations. We separated the types of fights into Lion Cub Fights and Helpless Rage fights and discussed what to do in each situation. If you missed it, click here.   Today we are covering more crucial info to help … Continue reading How to get siblings to get along – Part 2

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10 ways to help your kids get along – Part 1

Before we dive into an info-packed Tune In, I wanted to let you know I’ll be doing a special individualized workshop for parents on sibling challenges. See below for details on how to register. It’s limited to 10 so act fast if you’d like to join.   Now let’s talk siblings.   Having kids home … Continue reading 10 ways to help your kids get along – Part 1

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6 Activity ideas for quarantine with a baby

Dear Tunester. Do you have a baby 0-12 months old right now and are thinking—what the F**k? And HELPPP?   I mean, it’s hard enough to have kids of any age during this time. Mine won’t let me finish a thought without coming in to ask me to cut a rainbow, make a sandwich, play … Continue reading 6 Activity ideas for quarantine with a baby

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The ONE thing you should be doing right now

Quarantunie, It’s week 4. Time to be real.    We talked about some activities you could be doing. We talked about ways to feel more present with your baby.   But the fact is, the one thing you should be doing right now IS NOTHING.   You know all of those art projects your crafty … Continue reading The ONE thing you should be doing right now

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6 tricks to win at being present during home-stay

Dear Tunie, It’s day 1,298 of being home and your kids are driving you insane. I get it. But you’ve also told us in our classes that your kids are also what is keeping you SANE. They are keeping you distracted from the news, busy with meal prep, frazzled with keeping them out of danger, … Continue reading 6 tricks to win at being present during home-stay

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6 Original Quarantine Music Activities

“Hello, 911? Yes it’s an emergency. My kids and I are stuck inside the house. I’m about to lose my sh*t. Why yes, I’d love some Emergency Music Entertainment ideas. Like, NOW? “ Let’s do this.   IDEA #1: The Human Piano Set up pillows on the floor in a circle around your child. As … Continue reading 6 Original Quarantine Music Activities

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How to deal with our new reality

Dearest Tunester, Here we are. A new reality. Our normal routine thrown out the window. So how do we deal with this? Here are my two cents. At least for this week.   We take it day. By. Day. It is so easy to slide into our fears. There are so many unknowns! But worrying is … Continue reading How to deal with our new reality

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How to relieve anxiety. And boy do we need it now.

First of all, let’s all take a deep breath.   There’s alot going on these days. We all seem to be teetering between-  “Omg the apocolypse!” and – “Eh it’s just the flu,”  about 10 times within an hour.   That takes a huge toll on our nervous system. So today let’s see how music … Continue reading How to relieve anxiety. And boy do we need it now.

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Family dating – the new frontier

In the last post we explored mom dating. But once the kids get a little older,  we are thrust back into the dating scene. This time, it’s Whole Family Dating.   Why Family Dating? Because it’s important. We all know the joy of having children can also take its toll on our social life. You … Continue reading Family dating – the new frontier

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It’s back to dating…

Ladies – You finally did it. You found the person you want to start a family with. Or maybe you even decided to do it on your own. It only took the first half of your life.   And what now? Dating again?   Yup. It’s Mom-dating time.    You spent the first part of … Continue reading It’s back to dating…

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How to get kids dressed & out the door? This song.

Deer petunias – It’s getting colder and that can only mean one thing: Layers.  All the endless layers to put on your baby. I know how frustrating it is.    First, you have to find all the pieces.  I’m talking the socks, the gloves, the sweaters, the hats, the snow suits.    Then, worst of … Continue reading How to get kids dressed & out the door? This song.

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4 secrets to enjoying songtime at home

Hi in-tune parents,    Today, I’m going to let you in on some behind-the-scenes secrets – the things I do to make my music classes more enjoyable I’m hoping that you can use the same techniques with your babies when you play music with them.    Being the leader requires extra energy and confidence.    … Continue reading 4 secrets to enjoying songtime at home

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Sleep and how to get it

Dear Tunesters,  I can talk about music up the wazoo but the fact is that your biggest chagrin is sleep. I know. That’s why I’ve dedicated this Tuesday Tune-in to sleep and how to get it. After working with thousands of parents and dealing with three babies of my own, I’ve come up with what … Continue reading Sleep and how to get it

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My theme song for 2020

Dear tuned-in parents – I talk a lot about having songs for your baby to transition from one thing to another. Diaper to new diaper. Clothes to pajamas. Awake to asleep. Well, today’s Tuesday Tune-in is about a song for YOU to transition – from this year to next year.    Your theme song is … Continue reading My theme song for 2020

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5 parenting resolutions you can actually keep

Here’s my challenge to you this year –    What if we thought about resolutions a little bit differently?    Instead of making changes in order to reach some grand goal we have in mind, what if we make small adjustments to our daily habits so that we can enjoy NOW even more?   Can … Continue reading 5 parenting resolutions you can actually keep

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The two things that made this year possible

As I prepare for our ski trip, ripping open packing tape on boxes to find fleece everything – pants, shirts, neck warmers, I have an image of last year’s ski trip.   I was on a ski lift with my brother in Maine and we were talking about my business. He said – “Why don’t … Continue reading The two things that made this year possible

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You are a tradition maker now

Dear tuned-in parents,  December is here and I am feeling my usual inner conflict between loving the smell of pine trees and the sight of twinkly lights and my disdain for all the in-your-face sales. The festival of lights is definitely a time to celebrate together but it is also a time to go inward … Continue reading You are a tradition maker now

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How to get through the Winter Witching Hour

Here it comes you guys – Winter is on its way. Evenings are getting darker and that means a lot more time at home with our babies.    Let’s stay calm. We can get through this.    Honestly, if it were just less sunlight on it’s own, then we could deal. But it feels like … Continue reading How to get through the Winter Witching Hour

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Parenting Mistakes Through the Eyes of an 8 Year Old

In today’s Tuesday Tune-In I’m going to give you the secret to parenting.  It’s true. It makes all the difference. And if you ask your kids, they’ll say I’m right. It was actually my son who really drove this lesson home for me. A couple of years ago, he started writing a book that he … Continue reading Parenting Mistakes Through the Eyes of an 8 Year Old

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Today’s Panel of Judges…Family!!

Dear Tunester Family, My big online course launch is behind us and now we can focus on the next big thing: the holidays. And specifically, the feeling that our family judges our parenting choices.    For those of you with a baby, this is a new frontier. And for those of you with bigger kids … Continue reading Today’s Panel of Judges…Family!!

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The real reason I don’t spend time with my baby

Dear Tunester – Today I want to talk about a topic that’s both painful and beautiful: Time. I’ve been thinking a lot about the phrase, “I don’t have time.”    As in: “I don’t have time to spend time with my baby.” Or “I don’t have time to do music with my baby.” – I … Continue reading The real reason I don’t spend time with my baby

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I just did something awesome/crazy/scary

I’ve got some big news for you all and it deserves its own Tune In, not even on a Tuesday. Do you have non-New Yorker friends or family who you wish could have taken my class with you? Do you work 9-to-5and wish you could have taken my class if time was limitless? Now. Everyone. … Continue reading I just did something awesome/crazy/scary

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I’m not a real musician

Today’s blog is about finding your musical creativity despite your limitations. You know, the self-diagnosed level of musical genius you do – or don’t – have. Even more than that, today is about finding your musical creativity within and because of your limitations. Many parents in my groups say that they are not musicians, that … Continue reading I’m not a real musician

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What’s so good about music, anyway?

Dear tuned-in parents, As you know, I’m sold on music as a way to communicate with our babies. Let’s say I’m a 10 out 10. This Tuesday Tune-in is for any of you who are floating around a 6 out of 10. Basically this is for those of you who are saying: “I feel like … Continue reading What’s so good about music, anyway?

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Step one to a happy baby

Dear tuned-in parents,  Today it’s all about you. It’s time to time to tune in to YOU. As you know, attachment theory shows that in order for parents to be emotionally available to develop a secure bond with their baby, they need to have THEIR needs met as well. And in case you’ve forgotten what … Continue reading Step one to a happy baby

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This song is magic

  Dear in tune parent, If you have taken my class you know the soothing song and probably use it quite a bit. It works, and you’ve told me it can be a life saver.   But today I’m  not talking about the soothing song to get you though the tough moments. This song is … Continue reading This song is magic

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Ready? Let’s tackle tantrums

Dear tuned-in parents, To begin today’s Tuesday Tune-In, I want to tell you how my morning went. Spoiler: It has nothing to do with music and everything to do with tantrums – a parent’s least favorite sound. Everything was normal to start. I gave the kids morning hugs – my eldest on the couch, my … Continue reading Ready? Let’s tackle tantrums

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Your music is within you. Your baby wants to hear it.

Dear tunies, Today’s post is a reminder to you that – even though it might not always seem this way – your music is within you. Now let’s figure out how to get it out. Why? Because your baby wants to hear it. Pinky swear.   It might surprise you to hear this but I … Continue reading Your music is within you. Your baby wants to hear it.

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What second-child guilt is really masking

Tunesters- I'm going to say it right out: We didn’t give the second kid as much attention as we gave the first. But read on. I don’t think it’s such a bad thing.   For those of you who already have a second child, you might know this firsthand. For those of you who are … Continue reading What second-child guilt is really masking
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I bet I know your baby’s first word (& here’s why)

Hi, you! I see you doing the hard work of prioritizing tuning into your baby. With all the time you spend down on the floor with her gazing at her tiny lips and toes, you’ve probably cherished some of her tiny sounds, too. These tiny sounds turn into big babbles (and eventually, yes, demands for … Continue reading I bet I know your baby’s first word (& here’s why)

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When you feel distant from your kid, do THIS

Dear Tunester, This week’s post is a super simple strategy for tuning in that you can try out immediately. Like right now. It’s fun; it’s easy; and it a superpower: This game can repair a temporarily broken relationship with your child.   Every now and then I feel like one of my kids drifts away … Continue reading When you feel distant from your kid, do THIS

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How to reclaim your routine (Hint: music)

Dear Tunesters, I hate to say it but it’s time for us to get back to work. The summer has been a blast. We can still taste sticky melted ice cream on our fingers, feel the salt in our hair and see the rosy glow on our cheeks. As wonderful as it was, if you … Continue reading How to reclaim your routine (Hint: music)

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Your Labor Day Weekend survival guide

My Dear Tune-iverse, Any plans to share a summer house with family or friends this weekend? Our intentions are so well meaning when we make plans to get all our favorite people under one roof. Sure, there are differences in what people eat and don’t eat or what music they like or don’t – but … Continue reading Your Labor Day Weekend survival guide

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You can’t stop time. But you can do this

Dear Tunester aka Parent in Tune, In today’s Tuesday Tune-In, I’m going to share what we can do when we feel like time’s rushing by so fast and our babies are changing and growing in a way that’s equally exciting and heartbreaking. I mean, I know time doesn’t go by fast when you’re not sleeping … Continue reading You can’t stop time. But you can do this

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What are your 3 things?

This Tuesday Tune-In is short and sweet – and the point of it is to hear from you at the end. Recently, while listening to a podcast I love called “Magic Lessons,” I heard a quote that I’ve been thinking about a lot by playwright/performer Sarah Jones: “What if joy is my only metric for … Continue reading What are your 3 things?

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The Mozart effect. Is it a thing?

Okay, in-tune parents – Today I’ll be your mythbuster. Does the Mozart effect really work? Is classical music actually better for your babies? Will it make them geniuses? I’m going to do my best to dive into this question. Plus, as a special bonus, I have been working on a classical music playlist that is … Continue reading The Mozart effect. Is it a thing?

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17 roadtrip games to keep the peace

It’s summer! Let’s go somewhere. Wait. The dreaded road trip. What will we do with all those hours in that small air-conditioned space?   Whether you are traveling to the beach, to the country, to your hometown, or cross-country destinations you’re going to need some go-to activities for those moments when everyone is getting antsy … Continue reading 17 roadtrip games to keep the peace

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THIS is what summer sounds like

You! Tuned-in parent. Sun! Summer is here. It’s my favorite favorite season. I don’t care how sticky it is and how much we sweat. We are finally free from the indoors! Our babies get fresh air! You with me?   We don’t despair by 5pm because we can just go outside. And see friendly faces. … Continue reading THIS is what summer sounds like

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Summer: Keep your schedule or toss it?

Dear tune-iverse, The other day, I was hanging out with a friend and we were talking about how summer comes along and everything gets thrown off. All the little pieces of our lives that we managed to arrange, just so, tend to get all jumbled into a little fiesta. We kind of go from my … Continue reading Summer: Keep your schedule or toss it?

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How to survive a flight with a baby

Dear parents – Let’s tune in. This Tuesday Tune-in continues our summer-transportation series. (Last week, I gave you a playlist to use in the car. Go here to check it out). Today, let’s talk flights. Keep reading for my tips or watch this video of my kids and I on a flight. Listen, if anyone … Continue reading How to survive a flight with a baby

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Your summer drive playlist for kids

Summer is upon us and that means two things: 1) spending a lot of time outside 2) spending a lot of time in the car getting to the places where we will be outside   Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered. This week’s Tuesday Tune-In is all about introducing you to Kindie (kid-indie) music you … Continue reading Your summer drive playlist for kids

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Holy shit, Schools out! All the feels.

It’s that time of year, in-tune parents: The end of the school year. We’re all excited, right? No wait. We’re all terrified we’ll never have a moment alone again. That’s right, right? Maybe we’re all sad our babies are becoming less baby-faced with every graduation. That seems more right. But the truth is: We’re all … Continue reading Holy shit, Schools out! All the feels.

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5 musical family activities

Dear tuned in parents, Today is all about family fun. Most of you connected with me when your first baby was tiny. Now, many of you have bigger families. I had your entire crew in mind when I wrote today’s Tuesday Tune-In on how to use music to bring everyone in your home together, including … Continue reading 5 musical family activities

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6 things I do to feel more present with my kids

Dear parents, In this Tuesday Tune-In (coming out a little later than normal becuase I had a show this morning,) we are tackling why it’s so hard to be PRESENT with our kids – or with anything for that matter – and what you can do to get in the moment. These days we are … Continue reading 6 things I do to feel more present with my kids

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A surprising way to soothe your baby

Hello, tuned-in parents, Today we’re going to talk about a technique that is used in music therapy called Vocal Holding. I think you’ll find that it is a nice alternative to purely consoling our babies with speech. And you might even find that it works better. I had to use it just the other day. … Continue reading A surprising way to soothe your baby

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You don’t need to enrich your baby

Today, I’m going to share 1 tip & 1 activity that releases yourself from the nagging belief that we need to do all kinds of things in order to enrich our babies. Welcome to the Tuesday Tune-In. Here we go. We really do drive ourselves crazy, right? It’s an epidemic of our generation. We had … Continue reading You don’t need to enrich your baby

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The most important moment when putting baby to sleep

Tell me if you relate. You sing a lullaby; give your baby the last feed; and prepare everything for a perfect landing into the crib. Your baby is drowsy and he falls asleep instantly. You’re doing an internal happy dance because Me Time is just around the corner. You taper your song a bit and … Continue reading The most important moment when putting baby to sleep

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Two songs that changed my life

I’m on a bus in Croatia, pregnant with my first baby. Mountains to both sides and a good two hours ahead of me. I put my headphones on to listen to the album I had recorded before I left New York. I needed to listen objectively, as an outsider. I needed to be real with … Continue reading Two songs that changed my life

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5 instruments for babies and kids

Drums:
As you know, I love drumming with little ones. If you’ve been in my classes for older babies, you know that we often dive into drum circles and learn drumming rhythms and styles from other cultures. For years, I’ve been looking for drums that don’t take up too much space and still sound good. I finally found them. These nested Frame Drums are perfect for pulling out and having a family drum circle and then being able to store them away.

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One way to feel happier today

Hello, dear parents, Today’s Tuesday Tune-In highlights a simple and quick happiness technique. I use it in groups all the time and do it on my own as well. It involves two things: Grounding through breath and feeling grateful. I write to you today from sunny Florida where I am spending spring break with my … Continue reading One way to feel happier today

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One quick way to solve diaper changing

Dear, People who deal with all the pee and all the poop: You’re going to love The Tuesday Tune In this week. Ok. Spoiler alert: I tell you how to write a Diaper-Changing Song. We all need one as bad as we need hand sanitizer. So I bet you didn’t realize how deep in shit … Continue reading One quick way to solve diaper changing

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What makes for an expert parent?

I’m really excited about this Tuesday Tune In, friends. It’s about parents taking a page from sailors in order to figure out what makes for an expert parent. It was inspired by something a yoga instructor said in class this week. (Ok. It was Chase Connolly from my favorite studio.) I’ve been thinking about it … Continue reading What makes for an expert parent?

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What Hamilton teaches us about being with our babies

One of the things that makes Hamilton so unique is that it is almost entirely sung. When you listen to the soundtrack, you’re pretty much getting the entire show. And for those who were lucky enough to see it, it’s an amazing experience to see an entire story told without speaking.

It reminds me of when I had my first baby and all the books and blogs said to narrate what I was doing with my baby. This would help him develop language, they all agreed. The idea was that the more language the baby hears, the more they will pick up on the sounds, syncopation and structure.

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2 steps to feeling closer to your partner

When my plate is overflowing, my partnership is the first to suffer.

Okay. It’s true that he accepts my ebbs and flows. Maybe he’s even proud of me during those times. But I know that he also feels neglected. I start to see the signs: our conversations become all about household business, he stays up late watching TV, we don’t get in bed at the same time and we are a bit shorter with each other. I’ll even see negative effects trickle down to the household. The kids become shorter with each other and compete for attention. That’s a pretty convincing case that I need to shift my focus.

How do I make this shift? No need to immediately jump to sex. When there’s a rift in the relationship that can feel way too threatening. Instead, here are the 2 steps I’ve found work best. …

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3 ways to get your baby drumming

You don’t need to be a musician to lead a drum circle. You don’t need special drums. Break out the pots and Tupperware – or just use the floor – and start banging. Believe me: Baby will follow your lead.

There’s a reason for this: It feels good to drum with someone else. It’s similar to the feeling we have when we dance with other people. Humans enjoy synchronizing to the rhythm of music, especially with others.

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A quick way to feel present with your baby

I say, for the next week, Let’s see what happens when we push ourselves to give in for those two extra minutes – whether it’s the extra hug, the detour or the added rocking.

One of my biggest struggles as a parent is to do all of the things I do every day (career, errands, tasks, social life) and also find a way to be fully present with my kids.

I’ve found that this is one simple shift in my behavior that changes everything.

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One trick to feeling good about your singing

Here’s a method that I use when I’m singing at the mic. I’m hoping it will help you when you are singing to your baby. Because here’s the thing: Your baby wants to hear you sing. More than Paul McCartney, more than Aretha. Your baby wants to hear YOU.

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5 Minutes That Will Change Your Day

The Five Minute Journal
In the morning, you write 3 (or more) points for each of these:

I am grateful for…
What would make today great?
Daily affirmations: I am…

In the evening you write 3 (or more) points for these:
Amazing things that happened today
How could I have made today even better?

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I’m in Paste Magazine!!

“If you’re the parent of a young child, you probably know Vered. If not, you should. The Brooklyn-based singer and music therapist has a knack for writing songs for every kind of kid, from infants to older sisters, and every kind of childlike parent.” Paste Magazine

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Something Other Than a Mom

Some of my favorite classes to teach are dads groups. Usually they are organized by the moms who took my class, who want the dads to have the experience they did. And during those weeks I get to hear about it all through their eyes. Much of the stuff they talk about is the same. The … Continue reading Something Other Than a Mom

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Article in Scary Mommy!

Usually the fights have to do with sharing. Sharing a toy, a friend, a cousin, a food. And they do want those things, but below the surface, that’s not really what they are fighting over. They are competing for the love and attention of us parents. They want to know – do you love me the most? Do you think I’m the most special of all your kids? Am I unique and special?

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NEW ALBUM IS OUT!!

Hi everyone, I am so excited to announce that my new album has been released to the world. It has been a year of HARD WORK. Seriously, doing my classes, training a new therapist, recording an album, launching a Kickstarter, and oh yeah, raising three kids, has been alot this year. But now I am … Continue reading NEW ALBUM IS OUT!!

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The VLOOOOOOOOOOOG

People, I haven’t been great about posting on this blog. But that is because I have been spending my time posting on my VLOG! So if you haven’t subscribed already. DO IT! You will get the straight to your inbox right when I hit publish. And guys, the vlog takes alot of work. It takes … Continue reading The VLOOOOOOOOOOOG

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