How I used a song to turn a toddler's slouch into a stride.

by Babs Hadjusiewicz July 01, 2009

dad and child's hand picI was power walking the other day when I came upon an Under-Two taking her papa for a stroll. Now, this Under-Two had obviously decided her strolling was done. So she was into some hard-core fussing. She noisily prodded to be picked up. The more Dad balked, the louder she protested. Speeding pace, I mustered some songbird breaths, and came up alongside them, singing, "I am walking. I am walking..." Fussing ceased. This little lady stared curiously at me and then began to mimic my moves, right down to my arms swinging. Under-Two, Papa, and I strode forth, one deep voice and one soft giggling-hum joining in to sing, "...Walking tall. Walking tall. Look how I am walking. Look how I am walking. I walk tall. I walk tall." WOW! In just seconds, major behavioral change. Dad smiled big-time as his Under-Two strolled proudly-tall at his side. One little rhythmic “tool.” You can click here to get that tool, its tune, and more iterations. Then you'll be ready for a fusser of any age. And that might be your own fussy self.

Babs Hadjusiewicz
Babs Hadjusiewicz


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