My Resolution for 2023 (and what I’ve learned about parenting in Israel)
Dear Tunester, Today I give you my resolution for 2023 and what I learned about parenting from living in Israel for the last year and a half. Happy new year dear Tunester! It’s 2023! Do you have a resolution for this year? Here’s mine… A friend of mine was over recently when she asked … Continue reading My Resolution for 2023 (and what I’ve learned about parenting in Israel)
Feeling second child guilt? Try THIS
Are you feeling parenting guilt about not spending enough time with your eldest? Here’s a hack to help you feel much closer to each kid and kick that guilt to the curb.
3 fresh activities to do with your 6-12 month old baby
Dear Tunester, today you’ll learn 3 fresh activities to do with your 6-12 month old baby that will boost their development and amuse you both. When I had small babies at home they changed so quickly that last week’s favorite activity quickly became old news. I scrambled to find new ways to stretch my baby’s … Continue reading 3 fresh activities to do with your 6-12 month old baby
How to hack diaper changing
Dear Tunester, today you’re going to learn a way to make diaper changing go from struggle to smooth sailing. I bet you didn’t realize how deep in shit you would be as a parent, in more ways than one. But today let’s focus on the literal. How many times a day do you deal POOP? … Continue reading How to hack diaper changing
5 things I would never do as a therapist who works with parents and babies
Today you’ll learn the 5 things I would never do as a therapist who works with parents and babies and a mom of 3. Dear Tunester, If I had a baby today oh what a mom I’d be… Don’t we all have perfect vision in hindsight? There are so many things I know today that … Continue reading 5 things I would never do as a therapist who works with parents and babies
What it’s like to think like your baby
Dear Tunester, today let’s dive into the minds of our babies and see how it is to think like them. Imagine you just entered a wild costume party, in a circus, with musicians playing music in every corner. Senses overload! What do you look at first? Your eyes dart from one costume to the next, … Continue reading What it’s like to think like your baby
What instruments to buy for your baby
Dear Tunester, You know by now that music-making with your baby doesn’t require any instruments. You’ve got it all in your body, voice, and hands. That said, instruments can be a great way to get your baby excited about music. It can be surprisingly delightful to blow into a harmonica and hear a chord, or … Continue reading What instruments to buy for your baby
How to weather the September storm
Dear Tunester, The Sand castles and barbecues have been great, but I’m counting down the days, no, the HOURS until my kids go to school. I need some quiet time in the house without running a food stand and a cleaning service. That said, I’m bracing myself, because no matter how much I promise that … Continue reading How to weather the September storm
My baby is growing too fast!
Dear Tunester, you’re doing it. Your connection with your baby is growing daily. You feel it deeply as you lay together on the floor, sunlight dancing on the rug, making faces to each other and giggling and cooing. You inhale the moment. It’s beautiful and magical. But the moment is suddenly broken. Into your mind … Continue reading My baby is growing too fast!
When to respond to your baby’s cries
The perfect mother responds to her baby every time they cry. WRONG! By now you know that that’s impossible. Not only that, it’s not even what’s best for your baby. The question is – how can you know when to respond and when to let your baby work it out on their own? It comes … Continue reading When to respond to your baby’s cries
Help your baby develop emotional intelligence
Dear Tunester, develop emotional intelligence by being your baby’s first “therapist”. Have you ever been to therapy? If you have then you know that one of the things they try to do is to help you make sense of how you behave and why you do what you do. Often we’re playing out patterns of … Continue reading Help your baby develop emotional intelligence
How to fly with babies without losing it
Dear Tunester, After two long years of barely any air travel you might have declared this summer your Summer of Travel. Sure, you’ve got a baby or two, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned its that you never know when that boarding ramp is going to retract and the flight attendant is going to … Continue reading How to fly with babies without losing it
Family RoadTrip Survival Kit
Dearest Tunesters, You know what I miss? Being on the road. As hard as it was to be on a year long road trip, as many times as I had to say “stop touching her!”, as angry as I was when my husband had to stop to see “one more thing,” as heartbreaking as it … Continue reading Family RoadTrip Survival Kit
How to develop fine and gross motor movement
Dear Tunesters, Today let’s talk about the best ways to get your baby moving and to develop their fine and gross motor movement. My second kid was a physical child from day 1. From the minute he could roll over, he was on a mission to MOVE. My first wasn’t that way at all. He … Continue reading How to develop fine and gross motor movement
How to respond to tantrums
Dear Tunester, This is a post I wish I had read when my babies were toddlers. Tantrums can be relentless, and I might be a therapist and all but my fuse can be short as anyone’s when it comes to a screaming toddler who won’t put on a coat in the dead of winter when … Continue reading How to respond to tantrums
Love Letter to the Modern Father
Dear Tunie, A couple of weeks ago, my husband was quarantined with our youngest in the bedroom. Apparently we’re doing the ‘rona in stages. During that week I missed him terribly. When he travels for work, I rally. I turn into power mom and get it all done. The kids are in bed with time … Continue reading Love Letter to the Modern Father
3 Reasons Your Soothing Method Isn’t Working
Dear Tunester, Do you have a soothing method for your baby that you can rely on? Bouncing? Shushing? Driving? Singing? Feeding? Most likely you have a few methods that work fairly well for your baby, but nothing that works all the time. That’s ok, there’s no such thing! But there are definitely things you can do … Continue reading 3 Reasons Your Soothing Method Isn’t Working
Parents, are you Ok?
Dear Tunesters, How are you doing? It’s not an easy time to be parents. A pandemic, a shooting, a formula shortage, a war, all on top of what is already an extremely challenging time. It’s always hard to parent babies. But these days it feels like the walls are caving in. After I had my … Continue reading Parents, are you Ok?
Music in the womb means less crying after birth!
Dear Parents in Tune – We talk a lot about how to connect with your baby once they are in your arms. This week, let’s spend some time talking about tuning in to them BEFORE they arrive into your arms. Specifically, let’s see how music in the womb can effect your baby once they’re born. … Continue reading Music in the womb means less crying after birth!
My daughter wasn’t musical…here’s what happened
Dear Tunester, Today we’re going to talk about whether your child can develop musical talent or if it’s hopless if they weren’t born with it. My son came out of my belly singing. He could follow a tune by the time he was a year old. My second was the same and seemed to have … Continue reading My daughter wasn’t musical…here’s what happened
How to teach your child to listen to their inner voice
Dear Tunesters, Today’s topic is about teaching our kids what we often wish we knew how to do ourselves – listen to our intuition. In this post you’ll get some examples of listening to your inner voice and a quick but powerful exercise for teaching your kids how to locate that voice when they’re in … Continue reading How to teach your child to listen to their inner voice
A trip around the world through DRUMMING
Dear Tunester, Today let’s take a trip around the world with your baby through DRUMMING. When I was in my 20s I traveled to Cuba twice. The first time I went with my brother. With wide eyes we took in the polarities of Cuba. The culture was rich with music, food, architecture, energy, and at … Continue reading A trip around the world through DRUMMING
How to help your baby through new situations
Today we’re going to talk about how your baby learns to feel about new situations and people. I call it the Quick Glance. Have you ever noticed that when you encounter a new situation or a new person your baby quickly looks over at you? Just like a cub in the wild, your baby is … Continue reading How to help your baby through new situations
Is playing music as good as singing to your baby?
Dear Tunester, I often get the question of whether singing to your baby is more beneficial than playing music on speakers. It’s time to look into this quandary. Here’s what you tell me – you’re on a long drive on the highway, your baby starts to fuss, the fussing escalates to crying. Your baby doesn’t … Continue reading Is playing music as good as singing to your baby?
How to inspire a Growth Mindset
Hi Tunester, I don’t want to freak you out, but whether your kid ends up with a Growth Mindset or a Fixed Mindset, is entirely in your hands (and in the hands of teachers, nannies, etc.) Eek! First let’s define these terms: What’s a Growth Mindset? A growth mindset is the belief that your abilities … Continue reading How to inspire a Growth Mindset
How to increase language through DRUMMING
Dear Tunester, Today you’re going to get a short lesson on drumming with your baby so you BOTH get smarter. Studies show that when you engage in drumming with your baby, it helps them develop language! The reason is that language is extremely rhythmic. For instance, when we speak we syncopate words without even realizing … Continue reading How to increase language through DRUMMING
How to turn your Baby in Buddha
Dear Tunester, Today you’re going to learn an easy game to make your routine walk more exciting and turn your baby (and you) into Buddha How are you feeling about your walk or your drive home these days? Bored of it? Seen it a million times? Do you know the sidewalk cracks like the back … Continue reading How to turn your Baby in Buddha
6 fresh music activities to do with your baby
Dear Tunester, today you’re going to get six fresh baby music activities. Let’s do this! If someone asked you – How important is music in your day to day life with your baby, which of these would you answer? Its what gets me through the day. Once in a while I’ll put something on but … Continue reading 6 fresh music activities to do with your baby
Please Make Mistakes!!
Dear Tunester, Do you know what makes your baby’s brain grow? It’s surprising. Read on… If you follow me on Instagram you know that I’m a bit addicted to podcasts. I listen to them in the car, on a run and while cleaning the bathroom. My favorite these days is called Huberman Lab. It’s a … Continue reading Please Make Mistakes!!
The magic toy you’ve been neglecting
Dear Tunester, Did you know that balls are one of the best toys for your baby? Here’s why… You know I’m all about connection right? Helping you find joyful and peaceful moments during your day to bond with your baby. Well today let’s talk about a much neglected toy in your home that can actually … Continue reading The magic toy you’ve been neglecting
Your Parent Superpower – TRAUMA
The other day at therapy I was talking about the work I do, helping parents connect to their baby, and my therapist said – “That’s what you wanted as a baby but didn’t”. And I realized she was right. At the risk of pulling out that tiny violin playing the “poor me” song, I can … Continue reading Your Parent Superpower – TRAUMA
How to alter your voice
Dear Tunester, Today I’m going to explain the importance of your voice for your baby, and how you can alter your voice to be more effective. As a kid I had a raspy voice. When I sang with my cousins it was clear that they had the “prettier” voices – smooth, light, clear. Mine was … Continue reading How to alter your voice
The ultimate Valentines game for you and your child
Dear Tunester, Valentine’s Day is around the corner and we can either dismiss it as a money seizing Hallmark holiday, or use it as a reminder to be more intentional about how we show our love to those around us. Let’s choose #2 this year. Why? Because if there’s one thing Covid has taught us … Continue reading The ultimate Valentines game for you and your child
4 ways to turn a tantrum around
Hi Tunester, Today’s post is all about what to do with your toddler when you hit those hair pulling tantrum scenes that you know so well if you’ve got a baby over 12 months: I want that! No, I want THAT!! No THAT!!!! No No No No!!! I can do it myself! I can’t do … Continue reading 4 ways to turn a tantrum around
The best way to read a book to your baby
Dear Tunie, This week is all about making your book-reading to your baby the best it can be. Why read books to your baby? The research is very clear – It is extremely beneficial. Here’s why: Cognitive: Reading books to your baby develops their language and communication skills. It also develops their ability to think … Continue reading The best way to read a book to your baby
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?
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
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
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
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’
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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 ?
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
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?
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…
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
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
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.
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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…
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!!
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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.