If you don’t have Baby Shark stuck in your head for at least 6 months, are you even a parent? It’s a viral hit because it’s super catchy, and easy for toddlers and kids to sing along to.
But what if I told you that there are three important life lessons hiding in the Baby Shark song? (I swear I’m not crazy)
If you haven’t actually heard the song because you live on Mars or you’re Amish or something, here is the video:
The song is only about 2 minutes long, and the majority of the lyrics are do do do do do. What can we learn from this? Simplify your life.
Free up your time, save money, and reduce your stress by getting down to basics.
How to simplify your life:
Marie Kondo your house. Donate or throw away things that are just taking up space in your house.
Don’t need it? Get rid of it. No spark? Out it goes.
Keeping clutter out of your house will make your daily cleaning a lot easier and faster because there’ll be less stuff to deal with.
Be more mindful
Forget about multitasking and focus on doing one thing at a time. You’ll experience less stress and the quality of your work will increase.
Make a list of everything you’re grateful to have in your life. Remember that you’re lucky to have what you do rather than always wishing for more.
Set priorities. Figure out what you value and what you need to do to live your best life.
Schedule your time so you can channel your resources where they’ll have the most impact.
2. Your Relationships are Important
Baby Shark sticks close to his parents and grandparents. Good relationships with family and friends make life so much sweeter.
Surround yourself with love and support from the family you grew up with or the family that you create.
How to Strengthen your Bond with your Family:
Spend more time talking
Share your feelings and accomplishments. Listen and cheer on your family. Likewise when times are bad. Share and listen.
Even if you’re across the country, you can always call or FaceTime your family to catch up and really spend time communicating.
One on one time is important
If you have more than one child, it’s important to get some one on one time with each kid. You’ll create lasting memories and have deeper connections with your kids.
Also make time for your spouse or partner. It’s nice to have family time, but you need to have a date every once in a while just to connect.
Everyone in your family needs to be supportive of each other. Support wins and losses.
Encourage your family to be there for each other for things like soccer games or recitals.
And everyone should be willing to help when asked. Homework help? Yep. Cleaning the house? Yep. Practicing lines for a play? Yep.
Allow yourself some me-time
The reality is that you will be a better parent when you take some time to just do something you enjoy, even if only for a few minutes.
Self-care isn’t just taking a shower. It’s sitting down to watch an episode of your favorite show. Or listening to a podcast.
Or working on a craft. No not like a race car made out of a toilet paper roll. I mean like crocheting, painting, or even coloring in an adult coloring book.
3. Repetition is a Great Learning Tool
Baby Shark is on repeat at our house. And the song itself is quite repetitive.
See also: the Daddy Finger Song.
You need many small actions to make a major accomplishment. Repetition is an important tool to make lessons really stick.
A guidance counselor once told me the saying should be “practice makes permanent.” Because the more you do something, the more it becomes muscle memory.
How to use Repetition to Your Advantage:
Review the Basics
Even when something seems super basic, reviewing it may deepen your understanding or reveal new things you might’ve missed.
You sometimes need to repeat the basics even if you know what you’re doing.
Learn new skills
It takes a lot of practice to learn a new skill. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t devote your time to it.
If you want to learn French, allons-y! Practice and repeat.
Want to learn to play an instrument or learn how to draw? No one is proficient immediately.
You need to keep repeating that song to get it right. You need to keep drawing left eyes because they JUST WON’T MATCH THE RIGHT ONE.
Form positive habits
It takes 21 days of repetition to form a habit. After a month of jogging each morning, it will seem like the natural thing to do.
Eat fruit for a snack every day instead of chips.
Get in the habit of doing something positive by just repeating it every day. Even if that’s something as simple as reading for 10 minutes before bed.
What Life Lessons Have You Learned from the Baby Shark song?
Let this silly little song inspire you to simplify your life and create your own happy ending.
And I’m sorry I got it stuck in your head. My bad. lol
Baby Shark do do do do do….
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