This post is sponsored.If you follow us on Instagram, than it will come as no surprise to you that Mayhem loves music. And singing. Like, full belt it out FEEEEEEL it singing. Raising her voice has never been a problem. And it’s not just in the car either. Music is very much a part of our everyday.
I love that she loves it. And that’s she’s never been inhibited when it comes to singing or dancing. She simply does her thing and owns it.
Recently though, she came to me upset after watching a video of herself singing. “That’s NOT what I sound like,” she informed me.
Oh man, do I remember making this discovery for myself with a boombox and a cassette tape and Debbie Gibson’s ‘Shake Your Love’!
“Will I get better when I get older?” she asked.
I explained that anything she wants to get better at just has to be practiced. And when we don’t know how to do something, there are plenty of people we can learn from. She seemed a bit discouraged and so we continued our conversation.
Me: “If you wanted to learn how to make really cool, super awesome cakes, do you know anyone you could ask?”
Mayhem: Yep! Mrs. N! Did you see the pictures of the one she made that looked like a football field?!?!
Me: Yes! She’s amazing, right?
Mayhem: Mmmm Hmmm
Me: And if you wanted to learn how to paint super cool designs on your fingernails, do you know anyone who could teach you?”
Mayhem: Grace! Remember when she painted the watermelons on my fingernails? That was SO cool, Mom!
Me: And if you wanted to learn how to be REALLY good at soccer, who could you ask?
Mayhem: Emma! She’s the best soccer player I know, Mom. She’s really fast. Faster than me.
Me: And if Grace or Emma or Mrs. N wanted to learn how to make paper dresses, do they know anyone they could ask?
We went on to chat about how everyone has different talents, and how much we can learn from our friends. When the conversation inevitably found it’s way back to music, I asked if she knew anyone who was a REALLY good singer. She thought about it for around five seconds before shouting “Tia! Tia! Tia’s a REALLY good singer, Mom! And she’s SO GOOD at playing the guitar too! Remember, she taught me how to write a song?”
Only days after this conversation, we received a copy of the new Barbie Rock’n Royals movie. As with all things Barbie, Mayhem was eager to jump in and quickly noticed the same “we all have different strengths” message we had recently worked our way through. And Mayhem decided that she was like Courtney and Tia was like Erica. Because “Tia is a like a rockstar, and she taught me how to be one too.”
When I told her I thought she was already a rockstar, she seemed confused.
So I went on to tell her that being a rockstar and raising your voice can take on lots of different forms. Being a rockstar simply means that you’re super awesome at something. And I think she’s been a paper dress making rockstar for a very long time. And she’s been able to use her paper dresses to send a message that even really young girls can design and make really cool things.
Mrs. N.: cake making rockstar
Grace: nail painting rockstar
Emma: soccer rockstar
Tia: rockstar rockstar 😉
We’ve watched Barbie in Rock’n Royals no fewer than five times together. Mayhem loves the music and can’t seem to help herself from rocking out to the tunes every chance she gets. I appreciate the message she’s getting about raising her voice in a way that is authentic to her and finding the rockstar qualities in all of her friends.
She hasn’t been down on herself since, about her singing abilities. She can’t seem to find the volume control on her karaoke machine either … 😉
And probably most importantly in her world, it’s inspired some new looks…
Thanks to our pal Barbie for not only sponsoring this post, but sending another message to girls everywhere that we can be anything we want to be. And that music is an awesome way to raise our voices!