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Create Your Family Soundtrack

By Rachel Meeks

Different times in our lives have different soundtracks, like the summer I lived in the country so I played a Patsy Cline cassette over and over again in the tape deck of my car until it melted in the heat, or my freshman year of college when I played U2’s “With or Without You” on repeat because I was moody and homesick.

These days have their own soundtrack too, and I wonder which songs will cause me to look back and think about the times my kids danced in the living room, twirling, clapping, and wiggling everything they had.

There are days when my home is filled with squabbles, cries, and even crashes that result in more cries and sounds of adult feet that come running. Yells of “I want the toy he’s playing with!” and “Is it movie time?” followed by relentless, “Is it movie time yet?”

At times when I can’t hear myself think and the silence I seek is near to impossible, I do the opposite: I turn on the music and add to the sound. We can hear a song, turn it up, get excited and start dancing.

Music draws us together and makes things better.

It’s the reason why new parents make up songs in desperation to appease crying babies. That’s how the mermaid song and the bathtub song both came into existence for my kid who hates getting her hair wet.

I guess I thought children’s songs would all be about the alphabet, and I wondered how many times I could possibly listen to “I’m the MAP!!” before I finally started looking for songs that we all enjoyed listening to. The songs we now listen to all the time have helped us to create our own family soundtrack.

“Sing the tricycle song, Mommy!” She’s talking about “Tricycle” by Frances England, and she wants to hear it every time she goes pedaling on her trike, wearing her big helmet on her head over her tiny body as she tries to steer to avoid crashing into walls.

Car songs are usually about Christmas, even in July. We all sing the song “Happy Holidays” even though we only sing the chorus and none of us know the words to the verses.

Cleaning time is a drudgery until we crank up Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself” and everyone runs around for the next five minutes to put things away.

And at night my husband (who usually doesn’t like to sing) will still hum “Amazing Grace” as he walks around with each child before putting them into bed, and finally everything starts to settle down.

What songs are part of your family soundtrack?

About the Author

Rachel Meeks

Rachel Meeks is the voice behind the popular blog Small Notebook, a resource for simplifying and organizing your home. (Because it’s so much easier to b...

Rachel Meeks is the voice behind the popular blog Small Notebook, a resource for simplifying and organizing your home. (Because it’s so much easier to be a parent when you’re not surrounded by a ton of stuff.)

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I like to sing to my 6 month old twins to the tune of Frere Jacques about how much I love them. My husband always begs me to make up new verses b/c I tend to get stuck on the same one over and over and over and over and over. But the babies love it. I also sing a lot of the Glee songs to them and I am sure that I have ruined all Journey songs b/c we only listen to the Glee versions of Don’t Stop Believing. They are going to grow up and hear the original… Read more »


When I was a kid, we used to sing the song from a show on Nick Jr. It went like this:

Skidamarinky dinky dink
skidamarinky doo
I love you (i love you)
Skidamarinky dinky dink
skidamarinky doo
‘Deed I do (‘deed I do)

I love you in the morning and in the afternoon
I love you in the evening, underneath the moon.

Skidamarinky dinky dink
skidamarinky doo

I love you (heres the tricky part)
I love you (one more time)
I Love You (doo boo boopy doo)


Fire Burnin’ by Sean Kingston
Umbrella by Rihanna
Yellow Submarine by the Beatles


Anything by U2 is usually being hummed and cranked up when we’re in the car. Our 2 year old just giggles and smiles while my husband and I sing at the top of our lungs. Another song that gets hummed and played loudly is “Daddy-O” by Frances England. Our daughter has such a special relationship with her daddy that just melts my heart, so hearing this song just makes me smile because I get to see it happening right before my eyes. 🙂


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You are my sunshine – ?
Leaving on a jetplane – john denver
Heart like a wheel  – kate and anna macgarrigle
Castle on a cloud – les miserables

these songs I sing to my boys as night time lullabies. I know they will never forget these songs and neither will I. I love the idea of a family soundtrack. It’s a beautiful thing.

Kate Weaver

This is lovely and so fun, Rachel!  You put words and purpose into something that we naturally do in our lives.  Now I have reason to be more intentional in this.  Thank you so much! A few of our family favorites:   Happy Little Working Song That’s How You Know    both from the Enchanted soundtrack    (We love to clean the house to these. BTW–the movie is                                                                one… Read more »


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