Danica McKellar knows just what she wants her son, due in September, to be: A math whiz. And she's wasting no time in preparing him.
“I know music in general is supposed to be good for babies to hear. But I sing this one math song -- ‘The Quadratic Formula Song.’ It’s sung to 'Pop Goes the Weasel.' X equals negative B, plus or minus a square root of B squared minus 4 A C, all over 2 A,” McKellar, best known as Winnie from The Wonder Years, recently told Pregnancy magazine.
So, that's not one I ever considered singing when I was pregnant ... or since, but good for her.
“It’s such a cute little song. I went online once and saw a little 2-year-old singing it and thought, ‘Okay, that’s going to be my child,’” said McKellar, a math whiz herself, who has authored several books about math such as Hot X: Algebra Exposed and Kiss My Math.
Throughout both of my pregnancies I played lots of music for my children, and I sang frequently too -- lots of Beatles and old country music like Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard.
My son came out of the womb detesting country music, so much so that the threat of it was my sole form of discipline for most of his toddler years. But he's also the biggest 7-year-old Beatles fan you've ever met, so who knows.
I don't think it matters so much what you sing to your growing baby, just that you do. Research has shown a variety of benefits from babies hearing music and a mother's voice in the womb, and it's a great way for you to unwind while belting out your favorite tunes.
Do you sing to your growing baby while pregnant? What songs do you sing?
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