“They Come Back” song emphasizes that whoever takes care of you comes back, because they love you
According to Susan Darrow, CEO of Music Together, “Transitions can be very hard for young children. When we do not know what to expect, it creates apprehension and anxiety. That is why there is comfort in routines and rituals. When you know what will happen next, moving on is not as scary. Parents can use music to ease transition-related anxiety: between activities, such as playtime to cleanup time, and between settings like the home and the school.”
For this reason, Music Together, the award-winning international early childhood music program, has made their song “They Come Back,” available to the public for a complimentary download with accompanying sheet music. The comforting song helps children deal with the anxiety they might experience when transitioning from home to another setting like school. The song is part of the Music Together curriculum and over the years, has been a useful tool for many families taking Music Together classes in over 2,500 locations in 41 countries.
Darrow suggests singing the song with the school-bound child this summer as families start talking about school. The lyrics include a straightforward acknowledgment of some of the feelings a child may experience (“sometimes you miss them and sometimes you’re sad, sometimes you kiss them and sometimes you get very mad”) as well as an affirmation that “whoever takes care of you comes back, because they do love you.”
“Make singing the song together a part of your routine whenever you will be separated. This way, it will act as the signal that a separation is coming, allow your child time to process his feelings, and remind him that someone he loves will come back for him after school, a playdate, or any other separation,” Darrow explains.
Music Together is an internationally recognized, developmentally appropriate early childhood music and movement program for children birth through age seven. First offered to the public in 1987, the Music Together curriculum, coauthored by Kenneth K. Guilmartin and Dr. Lili Levinowitz (Director of Research), is based on the recognition that all children are musical. All children can learn to sing in tune, move with accurate rhythm, and participate with confidence in the music of our culture, provided that their early environment supports such learning. Music Together offers programs for families, schools, at-risk populations, and children with special needs, in over 2,500 communities in 41 countries around the world. The company is passionately committed to bringing children and their caregivers closer through shared music-making and helping people discover the joy—and educational value—of early music experiences. More at www.musictogether.com and www.facebook.com/musictogether. And check out our local Music Together Provider & Supporter of Busy Little Bees NYC families: