Being Daddy – Dancing With Dad

My wife and I are both musical people, so it’s been a lot of fun to watch my daughter develop an affinity for music. From the time she was a baby, we’ve played many different kinds of music for her to listen to, from classical to rock, from country to jazz, from music for relaxation to songs for little kids. When she was a baby and was crying, or tired, I would often hook my iPod up to our speakers, take her in my arms, and sing and dance with her until she was feeling much better, or sometimes fell asleep. At times, when she would be sitting in her bouncy chair or swing, I would entertain her by singing and dancing, which would make her smile and laugh. Likewise, my wife would sing songs to her all throughout the day such as, “You Are My Sunshine” and “I Love You”, which would make her smile and laugh as well.

Now that she’s older, my wife still sings those songs, along with “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider”, which my daughter loves to sing along with her. This is especially entertaining when she says “Tinkle” instead of “Twinkle”.  And one of her favorite shows on TV is “The Fresh Beat Band” because of all the singing and dancing that goes on during the show. In fact, she will often stand in the middle of the living room, looking at the TV, and try to sing and act out all the motions the characters are doing in the show.

It’s unbelievably cute.

And if she’s in another room doing something, and hears either the opening theme, or the final song they sing at the end of every show, she will stop what she’s doing and run into the living room to participate.

But one of the things I’ve enjoyed the most is her dancing. Sometimes if there’s music on that she’s really enjoying we’ll catch her shaking her butt – I think she’s oblivious to the fact that she’s even doing it. Then there’s what happens whenever she watches her favorite Donald and Daisy Duck DVD. At one point Donald and Daisy are dancing to some Big Band music, and whenever this part comes on, she has to dance with them. Well, one day I decided I’d join in, so I grabbed her hands and started dancing with her.

This made her giggle and laugh hysterically.

So now whenever this part comes on, she runs over to me, grabs my hands, and makes me get up and dance with her – all the while giggling and laughing hysterically.

A few days later, I decided to play her some Glenn Miller, since she seems to appreciate Big Band music. Needless to say, we did more dancing. And now every time she hears Big Band music, either with Donald and Daisy Duck, or on Daddy’s iPod, she has a great time dancing with her Dad.

I have to say I enjoy it just a little bit myself.

Here are some of the library’s music CDs and DVDs my daughter has enjoyed:

CDs

Dancin’ Tunes

Best of Children’s Favorites – Mickey’s Top 40 Tunes

100 Toddler Favorites

Platinum Glenn Miller

DVDs

Fantasia

The Fresh Beat Band

The Backyardigans

It’s a Small World – Disneyland Fun

Come into the Kid’s Library and check out our large selection of CDs and DVDs that will engage your child with music.

I'm the Red Carpet Librarian and work to bring lifelong support services to the Topeka and Shawnee County area through outreach and programming. I also am a sports enthusiast, work closely with the library's sports collection, and provide programming to engage the community's sports fans.