• Marie Van Gend

Launch time!

Well what an exciting day it has been. The podcast has been released to the world and it is being taken up all over the place. Yay! As well as that I had a chance to share the news about it on Radio National, Life Matters this morning. Hilary asked some excellent and quite challenging questions but I think I winged my way through OK. You can listen to it here https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/reviving-the-art-of-singing-lullabies-to-children/11447130

Huge thanks to Radio National for giving me this platform.

I hope you have subscribed to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or whichever provider you use. Subscriptions really help with the distribution.

I have called this blog Launch Time - but that has also made me think of "time" in relation to babies and lullabies. One of the hardest adjustments for new parents (and I remember this well) is how little you achieve in a day/ hour when a baby suddenly arrives in your life. How can one small person consume so much time? It is particularly hard for people who have transitioned from a high powered high achieving job to suddenly feel as if the only thing they have achieved in a day is brushing their hair. So often we gain our sense of value from what we "achieve" in the world we inhabit - and that can completely go out the door with a baby.

So how does this relate to lullabies? I spoke at an ante natal class a couple of weeks ago, and we were discussing whether they planned to sing lullabies or use technology instead. Several mothers said that "lullabies take up so much time" that they'd rather use a device so that they could get some jobs done. I get it, but it misses the point, really. Yes, lullabies do take time, but it is one of the closest, most critical and valuable uses of your time. It is far more important than tidying the house or cooking dinner. This is the time you will be closest to your baby, the time when you will develop communication and also an incredibly important time for your OWN mental health as singing will sooth and relax you. Research has shown that lullabies sung by mothers and fathers result in better sleep patterns - so you may well get time back as your baby sleeps more. It takes time, but it is time you will never regret giving.

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