The singers

My daughter has always enjoyed singing around the house and I’ve always enjoyed listening to her. She has a sweet, child-like voice and her enthusiasm and pleasure counts for a lot, but, let’s be honest, she ain’t ever going to win any prizes for her singing. She’s not a brilliant singer, far from it. Sometimes she’s not even completely in tune, but singing makes her happy and I love that she can just sing without embarrassment.
With the school musical, my younger son has been singing a lot too lately. He’s never been one to sing and it’s lovely to hear. He too is singing without embarrassment, which I love so much.
As a child, I was told I couldn’t sing (it’s totally true), so I became afraid to sing. Even as an adult, when the whole office broke into song, as sometimes happened, I would just smile, laugh and maybe mouth the words, but I would never dare sing in case someone heard my dreadful singing voice. I didn’t want that for my kids and would never tell them they couldn’t sing, even if it were true, because it can bring so much pleasure.
Over the last couple of weeks, the most beautiful thing has happened. Either my daughter or my son will break into one of their songs from their shows and then the other one will start singing too. They will either sing the same song or sing one from their own show. They are enjoying each other’s company and singing together without fear or judgement. Not even caring what their big brother thinks – because you can guarantee he will have have a few choice negative comments to make.
And I will just listen and enjoy the sound and enjoy them enjoying each other’s company for as long as it lasts – whether it’s a few seconds or a few minutes. I’d love to tell them how much I enjoy their singing and how much I enjoy the fact they’re spending time together, but I don’t. I know if I speak I will burst the bubble. If I draw attention to it, they will get embarrassed and stop and I don’t want that to happen. So I just quietly enjoy it and make the most of it.
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Then the other day something else wonderful happened. My daughter was practising her song for the choir’s Christmas concert (which she totally didn’t need to do as she’s got enough on her plate, but decided to do anyway) and I heard a new voice. A beautiful voice. A voice that was completely in tune and with a lovely tone. It was like a baby version of the amazing singers in my son’s school musical. I realised that the panto had helped her find her voice.
For a family who cares as much about education as we do, the decision to disrupt school for four whole weeks wasn’t an easy one, but there’s more to education than English and maths. My daughter is having the most amazing experience doing the pantomime and has learned new skills, met new people and had the opportunity to work in a professional environment.
And she’s learned to sing! I didn’t see that coming.
“MumofThree

Author: Sarah Mummy

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16 Comments

  1. How lovely. We have plenty of spontaneous dancing but no singing as yet. I would love for my children to do this. The panto effort is paying off big time!

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    • Thanks very much! It’s really lovely and took me completely by surprise. As you can imagine, we have A LOT of dancing in our house!

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  2. Oh this is brilliant! My 10 yo has been in the school panto this past week and like you I’ve seen a different side to him too. On Tuesday I went to pick him up and found him performing a one boy concert on stage while the audience was leaving – they seem to have created a monster! (but I don’t really want it to stop). As you say disruptive but a different type of education all the same.

    Well done to your son and daughter. Great post. xx

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    • Thanks very much 🙂 It sounds like you could have a budding star on your hands too. It’s such a lovely experience for them and nice to have a change.

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  3. I know it’s been completely mental in your house with everything going on at once but it sounds like one of the best decisions ever. I never really thought panto could have such a positive effect but it sounds like a brilliant experience!

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    • Thanks very much. Even though it’s been crazy, I don’t regret the decision to do the panto at all. It really has been a brilliant experience.

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  4. That is amazing, well done to her! It must be an amazing experience for her and lovely that she is gaining confidence and new skills. We aren’t a family who can sing sadly, we all like to sing but that is as far as it goes but it is such an amazing combination to be able to sing and dance.

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  5. That is amazing, well done to her! It must be an amazing experience for her and lovely that she is gaining confidence and new skills. We aren’t a family who can sing sadly, we all like to sing but that is as far as it goes but it is such an amazing combination to be able to sing and dance.

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    • Thanks very much! It is such a brilliant experience for her. She’s thrown herself into it, is loving every second and is learning so much.

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  6. Oh how lovely, the sound of children singing is beautiful no matter how out of tune it is haha, but how wonderful that the panto has helped your daughter find this wonderful new voice – well done her! Thanks for linking up with #LoudnProud

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    • Thanks very much, it’s been brilliant to see her develop.

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  7. Ah that’s lovely to read Sarah. My girls are always singing together but they are very tiny. I do hope that it will continue as they get older, especially as they both love singing and dancing so much already. Whatever siblings are doing it’s lovely to see them getting on well together isn’t it?x

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    • It certainly is! I don’t see my kids getting on well together as often as I would like. Two’s company, three’s a crowd… Here’s hoping your girls carry on singing and dancing. x

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  8. Thanks very much, she really is talented 🙂 x

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  9. What a fantastic bonus as a result of the panto, it must be a joy to hear and has done wonders for her confidence. Fantastic!
    Happy New Year and thanks for linking up with #SSAmazingAchievements

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  10. This is lovely. I think I have the same hang up with singing, and I’m very self conscious. My nan would sing all the time, my mum says it kept her same. I think your attitude towards them singing is fantastic. I bet it was great to hear them together x

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