Calming Songs for Kids: Valentine’s Day Music Guide for Mindful Moms!

Music and Activities carefully selected this Valentine's Day can calm your kids and help them feel loved.

Many of us are so busy these days, that if we aren’t careful we might just miss out on the fun of the best holiday around – Valentine’s Day. A holiday all about love is just what both families and kids need around this mid-school year, winter-chilled time. To make it easy and practical, we put a high quality Valentine’s Day Music Guide together so you can make memories that count this year!

These musical selections are accompanied by kid- and family-friendly activities such as snuggling under warm blankets, making and sharing treats, and giving hugs. What could be cozier than that?

Why more cozy activities? I’m glad you asked.  🙂

We’re working off the principle that more hugs lead to greater feelings of calm, social connection and happiness. The hormone in our brain that increases these positive feelings is oxytocin. It’s made naturally, but only when we activate our sense of deep touch (for example, when we give hugs or snuggle). Babies and moms achieve higher levels of oxytocin all the time during the early years when nursing and naps actually increase the oxytocin levels in both mom and baby.  It’s not called the ‘cuddle chemical’ for nothing (an Oxytocin-fueled bonding effect has also been demonstrated between people and their dogs after prolonged eye contact, if you can believe it)!

But as kids grow, we need to be mindful of how much we hug each other. We need to remember to snuggle and hug to help our kids thrive and know they’re safe, secure and loved. As grownups, we can get the message to feel better from a variety of sources that raise our oxytocin levels among other calming neurotransmitters, but kids need us to help them out.

It sounds simple, but in our house, we actually have to check to make sure we hug enough! We are all so busy! So here is a guide to the music and activity that make for good neurotransmitter stimulation – all natural and so effective to make sure your Valentine’s Day is jam-packed with good feelings and great memories. Give it a try!

Music Guide for Valentine's Day

Cozy music for kids and families = a memorable Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Music Guide for Mindful Parenting–Make Memories!

A Mindful Song About How Kids Love Their Parents

This is a jazzy song that toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarten age, or early elementary students to learn. It can be learned during circle time over a few days, or in music class for a Valentine’s Day presentation. The words can even be changed, so “dad” is put in the place where “mom” is written, to create a Valentine’s gift for dad too.

Whatever you choose, have fun, and put a smile on someone’s face this Valentine’s day! Love is too good not to share.

This is an easy song for kids to sing for Valentine's Day

I hear the words to this Valentine’s Day Song for Mom being sung to match the melody of “The Farmer In the Dell”….but feel free to pick out whatever melody feels right for you.

Jazzy Valentine’s Day Music for Kids and the Whole Family

One of the best and most famous songs for Valentine’s Day is, not surprisingly, “My Funny Valentinefrom the Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart musical Babes in Arms, which first debuted in 1937. Since then, the song has appeared on over 1300 albums, as interpreted by a wide range of artists.

A listener attending to the lyrics outside of the context of the musical could apply the sentiments in the song to just about anyone in our lives that we love. Our kids are no exception.

“You make me smile in my heart, your looks are laughable…and she’s my favorite work of art…is your figure less than Greek, is your mouth a little weak, but when you open it to speak…are you smart?  Stay, little Valentine….stay….Each Day is Valentine’s Day!”

Of course our kids make us smile in our hearts, and their looks are sometimes laughable. The things they say are often smart, or even wise beyond their years. And of course, we’d always want them to stay small and adorable. “Stay, little Valentine” we can say when we are quiet and aware of the deep love we have for our kids.

Here’s Chris Botti’s version of My Funny Valentine, featuring one of my faves, Sting, singing to his wife. Play it for the one you love, and enjoy the rich sounds of the exceptional arrangement. Kids will benefit from listening to this soothing, classic song, and they’ll be introduced to a fabulous jazz standard as well!

 

Play it and have your kids relax to it during the chilly inside days of February. A cup of warm milk (or hot cocoa) and a heart-shaped cookie could make this song come to life and stay in your kid’s ear long after the beverage has been finished. Sitting by a fireside, under cozy cuddly blankets…a perfect setting to make this song into a family memory or Valentine’s tradition. Couldn’t we all benefit from more chances to love each other while listening to some good music? No doubt this jazzy song could give us all the chance for more love this Valentine’s Day.

Good Songs for Kids for Valentine's Day

Singing Simple Valentine’s Songs During Cozy Valentine’s Day Activities

During the holidays there are often many activities that kids engage in that involve crafting and baking. Why not introduce some little rhymes and songs as part of the fun? This Valentine’s Day, get your song list ready. Make sure your activities always have a hug or snuggle portion too! It makes everyone more calm and happy by increasing the oxytocin levels in the brain. Here are some easy and cute songs to help you get started.

 

I am Making Valentines ( to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb…or London Bridge?)

I am making valentines,
Valentines, valentines.
I am making valentines,
For the ones I love.

Watch me as I cut and paste,
Cut and paste, cut and paste,
Watch me as I cut and paste,
My special valentines.

See me mail my valentines,
Valentines, valentines,
See me mail my valentines,
To the ones I love.

 

A Hug from You (to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

It’s nice to get to a hug from you,
Hug from you, Hug from you.
It’s nice to get a hug from you,
So, let’s give one right now.
(Hug a friend)

Pair these songs with a cup of herbal tea, cocoa or a fresh bowl of stove-top popcorn, as well as a big blanket snuggle or a Valentine themed book, and you have made magic this Valentine’s Day, despite being so very busy.

Keep your cool. You got this covered, mama!

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