Ye-es! No-o! Ye-es! No-o!

3 Mar


There’s a mom in one of my classes who calls herself “totally not musical.” (“Baloney!” I say)Anyway, to her credit, she sings with her daughter throughout the day even though she says she can’t sing. (“Baloney!” again.) On a recent morning, her daughter was in her crib declaring that she wasn’t going to get up. The mom starts telling the daughter that she will, indeed, get up, and the daughter replies that she won’t. (Does anyone else think that this is more of a teenage-to-mom conversation than a not-yet-two-year-old-to-mom conversation? I would have paid big money for my kids to stay in their cribs and refuse to get up!) ANYWAY, again to her credit, the mom starts singing, “Ye-es!” To which the child sings back, “No-o!”





And on it went. Each time, the mom’s “yes” song got higher and higher, and the daughter’s “no” song got lower and lower. (Can I tell you that I LOVE this?) They were having an intense musical conversation, where not only the words but the mini-melodies of the “songs” were conveying so much information. The mom told me that hearing her daughter’s pitch get lower and lower represented the daughter’s posture of going against her mom — her opposition to the mom’s wishes. Wow. If a picture speaks a thousand words, then a song conveys a thousand emotions. Through song, this family is learning a whole new way of communicating. To that, I say, “Ye-es!”


4 Responses to “Ye-es! No-o! Ye-es! No-o!”

  1. Megan Peterson March 3, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    Haha…Age and bedroom furniture changed to protect the guilty? I don’t mind admitting it’s me and my kid, but she’s in a toddler bed and almost 3, hence the reason for the battle of wills πŸ˜‰

    • annesailer March 3, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

      Oops…I really did mean to type “not-yet-three-year-old.” It’s impressive that she’s in a toddler bed and out of the crib…so her soon-to-be-born baby brother has a place to sleep, when he makes his appearance! Other than that, your identity is still super-secret. πŸ˜‰

      • Megan Peterson March 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

        I don’t mind outing myself πŸ™‚ But yes – she’s been out of the crib since August, thankfully. She sees the crib now and goes “awww…baby bed! So cute!”

        But I also wanted to share that today’s song was her meowing, woofing, and panting. Someone enjoyed our new song the other day!

  2. annesailer March 7, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    You can send in this story, by the way, to the national MT office and be entered to win an instrument set. It’s a fantastic story!

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