So for the longest time I just thought DS hated the radio or me singing in the car. I mean, he's fine with me singing him lullabies or nonsense songs (lalalalala type thing), so it must just be in the car.
Nope, he doesn't like me singing outside of bedtime or turning on Pandora at home while I work. It is a little funny to watch him tell me "SHHHHH" everytime I sing a little phrase.
But he is just fine with instrumental music. Anyone else have a kids like this? What music do you listen to? Will I ever be able to train him to sing Wheels on the Bus with me?
nectarine / 2243 posts
My daughter is the same way. She will randomly sing songs she has apparently picked up at pre k, but hates it when DH or I try to sing with her. She only sings spontaneously. She doesn’t like the radio. However she does like jingles on some commercials and is obsessed with “singing in the rain” so we watch the movie clip sometimes on YouTube and she occasionally sings (the gene Kelly version, so weird). Toddlers are bizarre creatures. Oh and she hates it when I whistle and I’m a habitual Whistler who has no idea she is whistling.
persimmon / 1385 posts
My DS is a little like this. He loves listening to music and singing. But other people are only allowed to sign requests (made by him) and occasionally sing along to the radio. We are, under no circumstances allowed to spontaneously break into song or sing along with just him. Preschoolers are strange creatures...
ETA. And yep, just like @Littlebit7:, I am NOT allowed to whistle or hum a tune. lol
coconut / 8079 posts
Our son loves to sing. Like sings all the time when he’s happy and relaxed and playing. DH also loves to sing, but gets in trouble ALL.THE.TIME from DS for singing. And he prefers to talk in the car but will occasionally tolerate the radio and sometimes likes to pick CDs from the library. He’s almost 4.
kiwi / 656 posts
My son likes the radio/songs with words BUT I have started to get “noooooo don’t sing mommy!” A fair amount these days. I remind him to ask nicely and sometimes with oblige him and sometimes I will tell him that I am going to sing anyway. I refuse to let him dictate everything all the time, so I sig sometimes even though it would be easier to stop so he wouldn’t scream at me. But I want to sing and sometimes living with other people means you lose sometimes, toddler.
kiwi / 705 posts
Is it possible he just doesn’t like ‘kiddy song’? Like if you play a beautiful lyrical song would he appreciate it? My little niece was snobby about music and only enjoyed really high quality stuff.
apricot / 388 posts
It’s funny, my DD doesn’t like songs without words. She says they are “broken!”
pear / 1750 posts
Oh yes, my almost 3 year old is the same. I’m only allowed to sing sometimes. In the car is usually a “mommy don’t sing!” although once in a while I’ll get him to sing along to something. I will say he’s a great little singer when he wants to sing. he doesn’t mind it when i sing in our music class or at bedtime. As soon as I’m done singing to his lullabies I get “go, leave!”