♫ Burung hantu {The owl - Lullaby}

An article from guardian.co.uk said that parents should sing to their children every day to avoid language problems developing in later life.  The article's source,  Blythe, believes that singing to and, later, with a child is the most effective way to transform their ability to communicate.

"Children's response to live music is different from recorded music," she said. "Babies are particularly responsive when the music comes directly from the parent. Singing along with a parent is for the development of reciprocal communication."

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In www.kistodreams.org website is also written 9 reasons why sing lullaby is good (edited version) :

1. A Good Night’s Sleep : Lullabies are tailor-made to aid restful sleep and traditional lullabies have been tried, tested and honed through the generations for maximum effect.

2. Bonding : The most obvious benefit emotionally is that the child and primary carer have an opportunity to focus on one another. The singer has the chance to express their love to the child on a very intimate level, without distraction, and the child can focus on the singer in a peaceful and unthreatening context.

3. Building Confidence : Knowing their primary carer is close by gives a child confidence to fall asleep. Singing to the child can help calm them and give them confidence to fall asleep, which can knock on to their confidence in daytime.

4. Cognitive Development :There are specific neural connections which are made when a child listens to music of any kind, instrumental or vocal. These connections are, apparently, not made in any other way and can only be made in the early years.

5. Speech and Language: Lullabies feature repetition, rhyme, assonance and alliteration.

6. Listening Skills : Focussed listening is not something many carers often consider as a key part of their child’s development, but listening to a solo voice, or a solo instrument, as opposed to a tape of imitation-pop-style music, means that the child can focus on what they are hearing.

7. Motor Development : When you sing a lullaby, to an infant especially, it is often when there is some sort of movement involved. These actions while singing give the child the sensation of movement directly related to the rhythm of the song. Stroking or patting the child can have the same effect. This connection between hearing and feeling is thought by some researchers to lead on to age appropriate physical co-ordination, such as the ability to learn to dance.

8. Cultural Awareness

9. A Gift for Life 'The Gift of Song' may be a cliché, but if you stop to think about it, singing costs nothing, but brings enormous pleasure.

There are 2 reasons why doesn’t everyone sing Lullabies:

1. You’re not a good singer
This is the most common reason I’ve been given. Believe me, you will never have a more appreciative and less critical audience than your baby. The baby has no idea what makes a good or bad singer and they don’t care. What a baby is listening to is this person to whom they are so intimately attached reassuring, soothing, entertaining and communicating their love to them.

2. You don’t know any lullabies...
The website offer traditional Scottish lullabies,

And here I try to share memorable lullaby from my childhood, mostly Indonesian songs. I tried to give the English translation and video recording live in front of hungrybaby, like the article said above, yes, she didn’t complain whether I am a bad singer or not hee hee

This song is a very simple and catchy song, I like to use the coo coo part for various occasion :
-      Diaper change, change the coo coo too : poo poo
-      Eating time, change the coo coo to : su su (susu is milk in Indonesian)

So, here it is the Owl song.... ::drum rolling:: 

Burung Hantu (The Owl) 
by Ibu Sud

Matahari terbenam (The sun is ready to set)
Hari mulai malam (The day is ready to end)
Terdengar burung hantu (I hear an owl is cooing)
Suaranya merdu (He is a good singer)

Ku..ku..ku..ku..kukukukukuk (Coo coo coo coo coocoocoocoocoocoo)
Ku..ku..ku..ku..kukukukukuk (Coo coo coo coo coocoocoocoocoocoo)


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