Music in parenting

What perks you up when you're down, gloomy, in pain and just feeling lonely? For me, it has always been music.

I was blessed to be born into a family that loved all kinds of music- the traditional Indian classical, the joy of country and folk tunes, the upbeat pop rhythms, the lilting devotion of bhajans and the all-out beauty of Indian film music.

My mother is a trained classical singer and although she never performed professionally on stage, hers is the voice that lingers in my mind when I close my eyes and think of melody in music. My dad can appreciate the finest music and has a ear that can pick out a false note from a mile away- a trait that I seem to have inherited from him and which has actually seeped into other parts of my personality as well ;)

Today, when I teach music to my students, I see a blend of my parents when I appreciate music. The mother in me encourages, appreciates and lovingly points out mistakes. The father listens with a critical ear and is even stern at times, when the notes slip.

And yet, my students come back to say that they enjoy my classes- a fact that proves that love and discipline in equal measure, is required for a sustained relationship.

Honestly, the same is true of parenting. One without the other makes no sense. 

Deep down, I hope that, one day, Gy will understand why I am hard on her at times. As cliched as it may sound, it's for her own good.

Today, I am also guest posting on Kripali Kulkarni's A to Z fiction blog here.

It's a short fiction piece titled 'Murder Most Foul!'

Do pop over and read that as well and leave your comments :)
For those of you stopping over from yesterday's post, there is one clarification: 
I did take sugar in my tea. My only allowance :)

The reason I can eat sweets today is because it is a celebration of the day I arrived on earth. It just so happened that when I checked, the 90-day mark coincided with this day. 
So, time to indulge, people. Just for today :)

Word count: 264

Written for the A to Z 2014 Challenge

M is for music 

My theme for the month is : Introspection in shades of 11

Also linking this to the Ultimate Blog Challenge for April


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