Nursery Rhymes go bye-bye…..

According to research in the UK, parents are replacing the tradition Nursery Rhyme with songs like ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’…Well not specifically Brittany Spears but with Pop Songs in general.

From 2,500 parents more than a third had never sung a Nursery Rhyme to their child and more than a quarter admitted they could not remember a single nursery rhyme.

My fondest childhood memory involves my mum singing nursery rhymes to me each night to gently put me to sleep and I hope to replicate and recite when I too have off-spring of my own.

This distressing revelation prompted my rampage around the Springfree™ Trampoline Australian office to I ask the mum’s of Springfree to sing me three nursery rhymes in the hope that all is not lost and there is still hope for Mary and her little lamb.

My first port of call is Leanne, Finance and HR Manager but more importantly soon to be mummy. I had high hopes for Leanne and she didn’t disappoint. Every Rhyme I threw at her, Twinkle Little Star, Baa Baa Black sheep, Humpty Dumpty, she sang perfectly word for word. My spirits were lifted…

Then to Tanya, Assistant Marketing Manager and Mother of two primary school aged children. I tested her with the tricky ones such as Hickory Dickory Dock and Hey Diddle Diddle and I thought for sure she would slip up but no, she aced them.

Barbara was a different story. Our bubbly and always smiling Sales Supervisor looks like the person who would know all the good ole Nursery Rhymes, however much to my surprise she didn’t do as well. Although she could hum the tunes, the lyrics did not pour out as fluid as the other two but hey 2 out of 3 isn’t that bad! believe that reciting songs to your child is essential for brain development and after a quick search on other parenting sites I found all the benefits of singing nursery rhymes. They can help your child develop:

  • Rhyme
  • Rhythm
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Imagery
  • Vocabulary
  • Coordination
  • Confidence

Do you still sing Nursery Rhymes to your children? Do you think the traditional rhymes are slowing being replaced with new fancy versions?

I will never forget you Nursery Rhyme, don’t you worry about that….

Erin @ Springfree™ Trampoline Australia.

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