When life gets tough as a parent (approximately 89.8% of the time*) there’s a Musical Theatre song for almost every situation from tantrums to homework. Forget Supernanny, just whack on one of these songs and see what happens!
*this may not be statistically correct as we made it up
Encouraging Fussy Eaters
“Food, Glorious Food” from Oliver!
Sometimes it feels like it would be easier to get a date with Ryan Reynolds than to coax your child to eat. Well, if they don’t like what you’re serving, encourage them to use their imagination to conjure up something tastier – there’s no chance you’re caving in to make something else!
Food, glorious food,
Hot sausage and mustard!
While we’re in the mood —
Cold jelly and custard!
“Let It Go” from Frozen
During the next meltdown over the fact that you – stupidly – cut up a pear instead of presenting it whole, carefully step over the offending toddler, reach for your music device and crank this one up to 11.
For extra effect, skip forward to 2’59” and scream back at them “I’M NEVER GOING BACK, THE PAST IS IN THE PAAAAAAAST!”. It’ll teach them a lesson in moving on, and it will make you feel a whole lot better too. Win-win!
Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door!
“Tomorrow” from Annie
Yes, it’s rubbish to be stuck inside with a child when it’s grey and wet outdoors. But – hey – just stick out your chin, and grin, and say….”yes, you can watch another Paw Patrol but this is the LAST ONE”. For the 17th time.
Or sing this:
The sun will come out tomorrow
So you gotta hang on
’til tomorrow, come what may!
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow
You’re only a day away!
When They Won’t Go To Sleep
“Stay Awake” from Mary Poppins
You’ve tried every trick under the sun and furiously googled ‘why won’t my 4 month old go to sleep’ whilst attempting to hold the offending child in the Tiger in the Tree position – but nothing has worked. Sleep is elusive for all parties.
BUT have you tried reverse psychology……? If it worked for Poppins, it’s worth a shot (and if you can darn a sock whilst you sing it, you’re officially amazing).
Stay awake don’t rest your head
Don’t lie down upon your bed
While the moon drifts in the skies
Stay awake don’t close your eyesThough the world is fast asleepThough your pillow’s soft and deepYou’re not sleepy as you seemStay awake, don’t nod and dreamStay awake, don’t nod and dream
Teaching Them How To Sing
“Do-Re-Mi” from The Sound of Music
This one’s easy. If you’re keen on your child being able to hold a tune, just sit back and let Maria do the teaching! You don’t even have to go on a jaunty bicycle ride, sit in a horse-drawn carriage or skip round the grounds of a mansion house, she’ll do it all for you.
Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name, I call myself
Far, a long, long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow ‘So’
Tea, a drink with jam and bread
That will lead us back to Do
Do, Re, Mi, Fa, So, La, Ti, Do, So–Do!
Refusing To Do Homework
“The Smell of Rebellion” from Matilda
Not that we condone threats, but next time your son or daughter isn’t knuckling down you could tell them Miss Trunchbull is going to be the new Head at their school….
There is no mystery to mastering
The art of classroom mistressing.
It’s discipline, discipline, discipline!