Are you looking for ways you can bond with your family or kids at home? Perhaps you are wondering how you can keep your kids busy at home? I wanted to share with you how learning to play the piano brings our family closer together.
We heard that saying that says we should spend time with our kids while they are young because when they get older, they only want to spend time with their friends. Try to look back at your teenage years, is this statement true or not? I’ll let you answer that.
Two years ago, I bought my daughter her first keyboard for Christmas. It started with just her learning how to play the piano. A few months later, I begun thinking about how learning the piano with her could benefit us. So I made an effort to try to join her when she is doing her lesson. Fast forward a few months later, I am fully in and learning how to play the piano with her. My five-year-old son saw how much fun we have together, so he is now learning to play the piano with us too. Now, we are creating loads of memories together, sharing each other’s love and abundance of laughter.
Benefits of Learning the Piano Together
Strengthens our Bond
This experience has made us feel closer to each other. I saw a huge difference when we made learning to play the piano as a family activity. My kids are just so happy to see me learn to play the piano with them as well. There are plenty of benefits to spending time with the family. It makes everybody in the family feel emotionally connected and closer to each other. When you create a close connection with your child, you are gaining countless benefits. You will be raising a happy child and building their confidence at the same time. It isn’t enough that we tell our child how much we love them. We need to put our love into action for them to feel it. We also don’t want to regret later and say that we wished we had spent more time with our kids. There are so many ways that we can connect with our kids. Other examples are playing outdoors, gardening, or even playing board games. I am glad that my family found playing the piano to be a time for us to bond together.
It teaches us Patience and Sharing
We only have one piano in our house. Sometimes it is a challenge when everyone wants to play at the same time. This experience allows us to learn how to share, manage our time, and be patient when we have to wait for our turn. These are behaviors that are important to learn from a very young age.
Taking turns is one of the most critical social skills in life. We all want the best for our children. We want them to develop friendships, to be a great friend, and a great partner. If we teach them how to be patient and how to wait for their turn, they will become polite, and everyone will want to be around them. If they don’t learn patients and sharing, they will have a hard time playing and making friends.
More Family Time Results In Less Behavioral Problems
We all have seen or read this. According to research, more family time results in fewer behavioral problems, especially for the kids. The more time we indeed spend with our kids, the more opportunities they have to connect with us or share with us anything that is bothering them inside. They will learn how communication is the key to solving any problem. Teaching kids the importance of how to talk through problems will help them become better communicators later in life.
When we spend more family time with our kids, the more they will feel important and loved. During this family time, our kids can learn from our behavior, and we can observe and learn their strengths and weaknesses, which can help us with our parenting.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health has created a program called “Building Blocks for a Healthy Future”. The program focuses on how important it is to spend more family time to mitigate the emotional and behavioral problems for kids later in life.
Learning the Piano teaches Grit
What is Grit? In simple words, grit means the ability to see a task through to completion. In psychology, “grit is a positive, non-cognitive trait based on an individual’s perseverance of effort combined with the passion for a particular long-term goal or end state (a powerful motivation to achieve an objective)”.
Grit will help our children succeed as adults. Plenty of studies suggest that this perseverance is a huge factor in their long term success.
Learning to play the piano allows us to struggle and fail. Being with my kids on this process allows me to model behavior and show them a positive result if I keep trying. Here’s a short video of my daughter from one of our playtimes. She struggled on a note. It took her a bit of practice to finally get it. But she never gave up until she got it.
Here’s a fun questionnaire that you can answer to check your grit level. There’s no right or wrong answer to these questions. The idea is that the higher your score is, the higher your grit level. This grit scale was developed by Angela Duckworth. Angela is a distinguished professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Have fun!
A family that plays together is happy and healthy
Playing the piano with the whole family produces lots of fun, silliness, connection, and lots of laughter. These decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells, and infection-fighting antibodies throughout our body.
What happens when we laugh?
Have you heard of the term Endorphins? Endorphins are natural chemicals that our body produces when we feel good. The effects of laugher and exercise in this sense are very similar. Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol. Keep playing with your family and rip these benefits.
One day, I saw a quote that said, ” the family that isn’t working is the family that isn’t playing together. This quote reminded me of how important quality time is with family.
Learning the Piano is a great activity for the family
I am so glad that our family found learning the piano as a family activity that we can do together. Happy, well-adjusted children and contributing members of society are one of our main goals as a parent. There’s an old saying that goes: families that play together, stay together.
I used to think that learning to play the piano is very difficult, so I would not even try. I used to think that looking at sheet music can give you a headache. Now, I am learning to play the piano at the same time building great memories with my kids that will last a lifetime.
I hope you are inspired and will continue to spend more quality time with your love ones. If you are thinking of learning the piano as an activity for you, below is another article that I wrote that might help you get started.
Enjoy all the benefits from the family’s love, connection, and laughter.
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