Here's a trivia question for you. If you were a fly on the wall of my home, what one thing would you notice a lot of? Tricky, I know. Any guesses?
Hmmm....Children, you say? Fairly obvious, I should think. But not the answer I was looking for.
Cats? Ahhh, yes. Anyone who knows us also knows that we have more felines than any sane family has business having. But, you see, we've never claimed to be sane. Try again.
Clutter? Ouch. Anyone else?
Arguing? Unfortunately true.
Dust? Now that's just cruel. And also true.
Most of my Stupid Family Songs are simple, as they're usually written on the spot, and many have interchangeable lyrics; for instance the "Mad, Mad Baby" song can easily become the "Stinky, Stinky Baby" song or the "Pukey, Pukey Baby" song if the need arises (and it frequently does). Most songs end with a really awesome and cheesy "yeah"!!! I've also written songs about frogs and dinosaurs and such, but as the kids have gotten older, there are more and more obedience-themed songs emerging.
If I feel like I'm about to explode at my kids, I try to sing instead. If they're arguing, I sing the "Mom's Not Going to Argue with You" song. If they're trying to be the boss, I sing the "Mama is the Boss" song. If they won't stop trying to convince me of something, I sing the "No Means No" song. If they are going slower than humanly possible when getting into the van and buckling up, I sing the "Put Your Heiney in Your Seat and Buckle it Up" song. And if I really feel like I'm going to scream at them, I sing the "Mom's Going to Scream" song. It's perfectly acceptable to scream at your children while singing. Besides, my kids love it, all the tension is drowned out in laughter, and our family is harmonious once more. All because of my stupid little melodies.
Try it. You don't have to be a singer or a songwriter, just borrow melodies from songs you know and add your own words. You don't even have to be on key! And who knows? You can't ever be the Queen of Stupid Family Songs, but you could always become a princess.
By the way, I'm willing to share...let me know if there are any songs you want to hear, and then tell me how to post them! I can't figure it out :)