If there’s anywhere you can let your freak flag fly, it’s at home with your kids. Every family has nerdy stuff they only do when they’re together, whether it’s current events q & a at the dinner table, speaking in code only you understand, or having hip-hop dance parties in your jammies. In our house, it’s family band.
The tradition began organically, with my husband wanting to sneak a little extra guitar practice into our evenings. We’d toss a few egg shakers to our then-infant daughter, I’d grab the only other instrument available — a Fisher-Price xylophone — and we’d all jam before bedtime.
When my mother-in-law asked what my infant son wanted for Christmas this year, she rightly thought I was joking when I asked for a drum. (I was not.) Other family members got the memo and added bells, maracas and a tambourine to what has become a proper collection.
Most evenings following dinner and bath time, we bust out our basket of instruments and jam together. Sometimes we play along to our “Music Together” Pandora station on Sonos, and other times we accompany my husband’s guitar or my toddler’s singing. (To note: we kick ass at “Baa Baa, Black Sheep.”) It’s silly and it’s noisy, and it’s hands down one of my favorite things we do together as a family.
What’s your silliest family tradition? Priss & Vinegar would love to hear about how you dork out with your kids at home (if only to know that we’re not alone)!