The songs on this album are about making the “terrible twos” the “terrific twos”. These wonderful songs celebrate what the distinguished child development theorist, Margaret Mahler, called the “psychological birth” of the child. It’s an age in which the child first develops a sense of self, then asserts that self and finally learns to regulate that self. This remarkable journey from awareness to regulation of self is a source of both wonder and woe for parents.
In “becoming my own me” the child moves from self-awareness to self-assertion, and finally to self-control. For the parents, self-control seems a long time coming and the self-assertion seems like the child has a great deal of will, but not enough skill. The child wants to do more on their own, to be more independent, but often just can’t make it happen. And their frustration shows!
At this time the role of parent also changes dramatically. They transition from full-time nurturer to limit setter and socialization agent. As their toddler becomes a walkin’ and talkin’ machine, they need their parents to set limits and establish values. As the child exercises their natural motivation to explore and their new found language to assert his own demands, the parent defines the boundaries that make his world safe and his place in it secure.
One major challenge of body awareness and regulation at this age is potty training. In Becoming My Own Me, Davis Kisor meets this challenge head on with “The Poop Song”. In direct, simple, matter-of-fact language, the song takes the child through all of the steps and ends with a celebration.
These songs help both parent and child to carve the stumbling blocks of toddlerhood into the stepping stones of childhood. Listen closely to the lyrics and melodies and get in touch with the birthing of a new “person-ality”. Enjoy the journey in love and song.
This album was developed by Growing Sound's Creative Director, David Kisor. David is an award-winning composer, singer, songwriter, performer and teacher. Growing Sound develops research-based children's music that promote social and emotional development. To learn more, visit www.growing-sound.com.