Testing boundaries tends to show up at times of transition (like, ahem, trying to leave the house when we're late and we gotta GO). Music can be a miraculous tool for easing those transitions. There are no limits-- take your toughest transition and try it. We use specific music while brushing teeth, cleaning up, getting out the door and in the car on the way to school (to calm nerves).
Music can be a powerful tool for a toddler's endless need to move and groove. It can also "hold" those BIG emotions and help them transition to smaller, more manageable emotions. Imagine my own epiphany when my husband (not the music therapist in the family!) discovered that our toddler ate faster and stayed in her seat when he played certain music during meal times. GENIUS.
The possibilities are endless, and we'll cover all of that. For now, let's dive into my very favorite music for toddlers!