Music is such a huge part of our children’s lives–from mommy and me and school classes to television shows to educational apps they enjoy. Through the right type of music, we have the power to teach and transform our children. Exposing them to songs containing positive messages can help them grow into happy, loving, responsible individuals.
Music With A Message
Happy Kids Songs by Dr. Mac & Friends is a beautiful collection of children’s music that helps kids build character and social and emotional skills. Within these songs, you will find messages about happiness, kindness, gratitude, friendship, love, and feelings. The best part is that the songs are catchy and fun, so the kids don’t even realize they are learning these important life lessons!
Featuring professional child and adult singers, the music was created by Dr. Mac (aka Don MacMannis, Ph.D.). He is a singer, songwriter, and producer who specializes in creative projects for children. He is music director and songwriter for the PBS hit series, Jay Jay the Jet Plane, has won numerous awards for his songwriting and production talents, and has written and produced over a hundred songs. He is also the Clinical Director of the Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara and co-author of the highly acclaimed books How’s Your Family Really Doing?: 10 Keys to a Happy Loving Family and Who’s the Boss? The Win-Win Way to Parent Your Defiant Strong-Willed Child.
Thousands of families are already enjoying these amazing songs. The series has won numerous awards including a Teacher’s Choice Award, an iParenting Media Award, an Academics’ Choice Award, Dr. Toy 100 Best Children’s Products Award 2015, The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval, and the Seal of Excellence Award from Creative Child Magazine.
Our Favorite Songs
One of the best features of this music is the broad variety of musical styles that are included on the CD’s. I love how my children can be exposed to so many different types of sounds and instruments in such a short time frame. On just two CD’s, we heard rap, rock, Gospel, marching band, dance, tropical steel drums, country banjo, and even yodeling music. My kids really got into the music, and sang along and danced to the songs that really spoke to them.
Here are a few of our favorite songs that stood out:
- Stand Up: This is a rap song that empowers children to say something whenever they see bullying happening. It tells them to stand up for others, speak their mind, and put themselves in someone else’s shoes.
- Who Gives a Hoot: With a very upbeat, cheerful tune including whistling, this song tells us to make the best out of life. It encourages kids to look beyond the annoying little things on a daily basis that can bring us down. It teaches kids that they have the power to control how happy they want to be.
- More Kind: This tune is sure to get stuck in your head, in a good way! It’s all about being kind to others. It is sung by sweet young children who mention several ways we can show kindness to others.
- An Attitude of Gratitude: Set to a dance beat, this song talks about being thankful and how doing so makes us happier. The chorus lists some wonderful aspects of nature to be thankful for: the sun and the moon, falling rain, flowers that bloom, and the air I breathe.
- I Say Please: This is probably my favorite (as a Mom) because it focuses on the importance of being polite. It is a great way to teach your kids that it’s cool to have good manners.
Happy Kids Songs has a collection of 10 CD’s on a variety of critical life lesson topics that you can enjoy with your kids:
- Friends and Sharing
- Social Skills and Bullying
- Feelings and Fears
- Practice and Success
- Talking and Listening
- Manners and Character
- Happiness and Attitude
- Respect and Responsibility
- Gratitude and Kindness
- Greatest Hits Ages 2-5
In addition, they have a 125-page activity book that includes a lyrics page and a coloring or activity page for each of the 40 Happy Kids Songs. It provides over a hundred lessons and activities, including arts and crafts, movement, drama, and games. Ideal for children ages 4 to 8, this workbook is a fun, effective way to teach character, social, and emotional skills.
What are your favorite happy songs?
* This post was sponsored by Happy Kids Songs.