Ok, so she hasn’t said these words precisely, but this seems to be her current mantra. I’m not certain whether this insistence on repetition is peculiar to Vivi, or to toddlers in general (I’m guessing it’s pretty common ground), but she prefers to do/read/hear/see things over and over until she has figured it all out, and I’m sure this is good in many respects because it is how she learns. Truly, this doesn’t bother me too much, and I am perfectly fine reading the same book over and over or playing the same game over and over, etc. but it begins to creep into the edges of my sanity when it comes to music. I am not exaggerating when I say that she would be perfectly happy and content listening to the same song on repeat for an entire day. Sometimes we do just that. Especially between the hours of five and six o’clock when I am trying to cook supper and we are waiting on Chip to get home. I would much rather listen to the same song for an hour if it means I can get something together a little more peacefully. We also listen to the same few songs over and over in the car when we drive, and I finally realized I needed to do something about this. It sort of begins to wear on my patience after a bit; I want Vivi to learn to appreciate more music and I figure there has to be a common ground we can find! All this to say, I recently downloaded Elizabeth Mitchell’s album “You are My Sunshine” (because that is one song she really likes, and I was trying to find some more versions to play) and it’s wonderful. Not only can I tolerate it, but I actually like it. And Vivi is really liking it, too. This is a really big win.
The real test will be if Chip can stand it . . .
What about you? Do you have any favorite albums that both you and your little one enjoy? I’d love to add to our collection, and I’m sure I’m not the only one searching for songs that are fun for all!