Toddler Thursday: Songwriters

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My daughters came into their own as songwriters when they were toddlers. Perhaps it’s my fault. I’ve always been a musical theatre geek. I’ve also been known to break out in song just to make the day brighter.

Toddlers love to write songs. What kind of stuff does your child come up with?M went through a phase during which every song ends “All day long.” Every single song ended like “The Wheels on the Bus.” Well, that’s the way I grew up singing that song. M and J learned the “all through the town” version. Where “all day long” came from, I’m not sure, but it was M’s songwriter signature.

Some examples of such songs were:

After I’ve shampooed her hair:
I using sanipoo,
I using a sanipoo,
Jessie using a sanipoo too.
My hair clean
And Sissy hair clean.

While in time out:
I go in time out.
I go in time out.
Not okay pushing Jessica.

On being offered a grape by her sister:
I don’t like grape.
No, I don’t want a grapes.

Because I have them, here are a couple of videos to illustrate a later artistic phase and her sister’s compositional prowess.

M’s Song


M: (introductory remarks) It’s about a blue Jasmine.
Me: A what?
M: Jasmine, a princess.
Me: Okay. Let’s hear it.
M: ♪ Jasmine a princess wanted a baby. She asked her mama. “Not today.” ♪ She bows.
Me: Beautiful! I love it. Thank you, M.
M: It’s a little song.

J’s Song

And now for J’s lengthier piece.

J: ♪ When I want my favourite toy, like a Cinderella princess, I ask my Mom with my words. When I want them, I got to ask to my Mom, “I want my princesses”. ♪

I think a bunch of this was filler. I certainly didn’t understand what she was singing.

Jessica: ♪ When I want a my pretty sun. When I want my Mommy to come back, I ask my Grandma or Daddy or Grandpa. This is a way to talk. My day. When I jump on my big jumping, I roll over to turn into a princess. When I turn over, I turn to a Jasmine. When I turn over, I turn to a Cinderella, a princess. When I turn to my side, my Sleeping Beauty for, my Sleeping is for, my Sleeping Beauty is for yoooooou. When I jump, I take my Sleeping Beauty away from you, put it on my bed. Ohhh. My … ♪

and so on, about Penelope, lava, Melody, her bathroom, and other silliness.

Yes, I asked her to wrap it up, because it was after bedtime. As J says, she sang too much and got tired, just like Ms Anna (from The King and I).

Note: If you’re seeing this is a reader, you may need to click over the blog to see the video clips. I’ll transfer these videos to Youtube when I have a moment.

Do you have toddler songwriters? What sort of stuff do they sing about?

Sadia (rhymes with Nadia) has been coordinating How Do You Do It? since late 2012. She is the divorced mother of 7-year-old monozygotic twins, M and J. She lives with them and their 3 cats in the Austin, TX suburbs and works full time as a business analyst. She retired her personal blog, Double the Fun, when the girls entered elementary school and also blogs at and Multicultural Mothering.

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Sadia (rhymes with Nadia) has been coordinating How Do You Do It? since late 2012. She is the divorced mother of 10-year-old monozygotic twins, M and J. They live in the Austin, TX suburbs, where Sadia works full time in information technology. She contributes to a number of parenting websites and magazines and also runs The Mommy Blogging Guide, where she answers mommy bloggers' technical questions.

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