It's no secret that kids love music. Parents play music for their children when they're babies as a way of calming and soothing them, and as they grow older as a way of bonding with them. Kids love to watch videos and movies with memorable songs that let them feel connected and engaged and that they can sing and dance along to. Netflix is even launching a new show for kids called Motown Magic that will introduce kids to classic Motown music while also educating and entertaining them.
Music doesn't just entertain children and get them moving, singing and dancing, but it also acts as a great bonding tool for dads and their kids. So while listening to Baby Shark for the millionth time with your child may seem annoying, it's actually helping dads and children bond over their common love of music. Dignity Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States, recently surveyed 1004 fathers in the US who had children under the age of 18 who said they enjoy listening to music with their children.
A whopping 96% of those dads said they listened to music at least once a week with their children, while 78% said listening to music with their kids made them feel happy and 61% said listening to music with their children made them feel more connected, which is amazing. So how does Baby Shark come into this survey? It seems that while Baby Shark may be an annoying earworm to many parents, it's the third most popular song that dads are listening to with their kids.
Dr. Danton Kono, a pediatrician at Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group told Romper there's a reason why children love to sing along to Baby Shark any chance they can, and why parents should encourage it. "Repetitive sing-along songs can improve language development and listening skills when children are very young," he said.
Baby Shark is a silly and repetitive song, which makes it easy for kids to sing along to. Add in the Baby Shark actions and can kids have a ton of fun singing and dancing along to the popular children's song. The survey showed that half of the fathers with children ages five and under were listening to music every day with their children.
The survey also showed that music isn't just a bonding experience for dads with younger children. More than 1 in 3 dads asked were still listening to music daily with their teenagers which proves that cultivating a strong bond over a shared love of music at a young age can carry over for years.
Here is a list of the top 10 songs dads are bonding with their kids over:
- Natural” by Imagine Dragons
- “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
- “Baby Shark”
- “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
- “Wheels On The Bus”
- “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X and ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
- “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee
- “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco
- “Dancing With A Stranger” by Sam Smith and Normani
- “Wow” by Post Malone
Music is so powerful and such a connector and it's nice to see that dads are bonding with their children not only over popular music but children's music as well.
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