You know when you, your friends or perhaps your children say something that just has to have a song lyric attached? Who, for example, hasn’t shouted ‘STOP’…then followed it up with ‘in the name of love’ or the slightly more bouncy ‘right now, thank you very much…’!?
Well, since having a child (now a 2 year old) my husband and I do this A LOT. This means that our parenting soundtrack is currently a heady mix of nursery rhymes, Bob the Builder/Little Red Tractor/Timmy Time and completely random snatches of random songs.
After going to a friend’s house and hearing her use the exact fragment of a song line that we do during an outfit change, I realised that we weren’t alone in this habit. In fact, I concluded that it was a universal trait. Probably.
Baby: crying (mostly only on changing table)
Parents sing: ‘Don’t cry for me (insert full name of baby here)…the truth is I never left yooouu!…’
Continue until crying stops or you wear yourself out with the effort of repeating the only two verses you know
Title song from Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
Baby/Toddler: just woken up
Parents: ‘Go-ood Morning, Good Morning you slept/didn’t sleep (delete as applicable) the whole night through! Good Morning, Good Morning to yooouu!’
Good Morning – Singin’ in the Rain
Baby: staring intently into my eyes
I sing: ‘What do you seeeee? When you are looking at meee…da da dee dummmm dum de daa daa daa daa, da-da deee dummmm….DA’
Doll On a Music Box – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Toddler: waiting to get their top taken off
Cool Me: ‘Put your arms in the air…like you just don’t care’
Sooo many to choose from, what an overused lyric this is! I’m going for in the style of Word Up by Cameo
Toddler: wanting to get down from high chair
Me (it’s like a disease, I can’t help it): ‘Hop down…Summer in the City, back of my neck getting dirty pretty…’
Summer in the City – Lovin’ Spoonful
Toddler: pretending to do buildering ‘my have a hammer…’
Parents sing: ‘…I’d hammer in the morning, hammer in the evening. All over the laa-aa-aa-aand’
If I Had a Hammer – Peter, Paul & Mary
Toddler: Looking out of the window and pointing… ‘people!…’
I croon: ‘…who need people…’
People – Funny Girl (think Barbara Streisand)
Toddler: Ascending stairs ‘my coming up…’
My personal favourite…ready!?
Parents belt out: ‘I want the world to know, you got to let it show!’
I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross
Toddler: Finished dinner and wants to get down ‘walk out door…’
Parents in full power-ballad mode: ‘…just turn around, ‘cause you’re not welcome anymore (whisper that bit)…I’ve got all my life to live, I’ve got all my love to give, I will survive, I will SURVIIIVVVVE!’ Uhhhoooohhhhhhohoohaahaahooohooo….
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Toddler: wants to rid himself of an object ‘take it’. Sounds like ‘tek’-it…’
I rap (oh yes): ‘…to the bridge’
Sexyback – Justin Timberlake (feat. Timbaland…and yes I’m Timbaland)
Nephew: Needs a post-meal babywipe ‘clean me up’
Mad Aunt: ‘Buttercup, don’t break my heart! Ba dum dum dum!’
The Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup
Ahh the fun
we I have. I think we’ve been blessed with a toddler that clearly realises our need for entertainment and so indulges us in phrases that lend themselves so perfectly to musical interludes. I do sometimes see his little face screwed up in thought though…as if he’s somehow trying to commit the moment to memory and ensure we never volunteer to supervise his school discos. It’s very similar to the face I see when he watches us dancing too…
I’d love to think I’m not alone in this…what’s on your parenting soundtrack!?