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Brooklyn’s Beloved Kindie Star Suzi Shelton Releases an Album of Smart Songs for Kids Who Care Hand in Hand Avail now!

 Suzi Shelton, known for her “heartfelt songs that span a lot of childhood territory”(Parents’ Choice) and “hummable, kid-friendly tunes” (NY Daily  News), released her fourth solo album for families this spring: Hand in Hand on May 11. Suzi plans several concerts to celebrate the release, including Friday sing-alongs at JCP Downtown in NYC and a show at Madison Square Park (as part of the Madison Square Kids series) on Wednesday, July 11.

Suzi and special musical guests will present an interactive Facebook Live concert on Thursday, May 10 at about 6 pm Eastern Time.

Inspired by a challenge from her Brooklyn based women’s songwriting group, Suzi offers her signature “catchy, danceable pop-rock songs that connect directly with kids” (BaristaNet), while delving into more sophisticated stylings and production. Hand in Hand includes nine upbeat songs to encourage self-discovery, expression and kindness. Some of the tunes are childlike and whimsical, about things like ladybugs and raindrops and blue fin fish. Others are meant to be inspiring, like “Can You Feel the Power,” “The Grass Is Always Greener,” “River Come Down,” and “We Shall Walk.” The lyrics emphasize inclusion and believing in one’s own power to do good. “I want to encourage kids and let them know that they can be comfortable in their own skin and express themselves joyously,” says Suzi.

GRAMMY winning artist and former Sprout TV host Tim Kubart sings on the tune “Grass Is Always Greener,” and Brooklyn kindie stars Vered Ronen (Baby in Tune), Amelia Robinson (Mil’s Trills) and Katie Mullins (Katie Ha Ha Ha) add vocals to “Can You Feel the Power?” The toe-tapping finger-snapping traditional children’s song “Ladybugs” includes swinging Andrews Sisters style harmonies by Bess Rogers and Hannah Winkler. Hand in Hand was engineered, produced and mixed by Greg Mayo and Dan Weiner, who together with Suzi aimed to create an eclectic pop album with a modern feel. Children’s voices add lift to peppy and positive songs like the first track, “Put Your Hands in the Air,” and Suzi’s 13-year-old daughter Emma wrote and performed on the song, “We Shall Walk.”

 

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The proud mother of two children, Suzi also works and performs regularly with students at area schools. MomTrends called Suzi “one of our favorite musicians,” and the Brooklyn Spectator noted, “When Suzi Shelton takes the stage with her guitar and her band, you know that something special is about to happen.” In addition to family concerts in and around NYC this spring and summer, Suzi is also working on her fifth season of FREE Sing with Suzi videos on YouTube. She is constantly creating new songs and video content for her preschool fans. Visit www.suzishelton.com for updates.

Connect with Suzi on Facebook: Suzi Shelton Music, Instagram: SuziMusic,Twitter: @SuziShelton , and YouTube: Suzi Shelton.

Credit: Sugar Mountain PR.

Little Hacks That Make Parenting Easier

Being a parent is probably one of the toughest jobs in the world. There are so many responsibilities that you need to take care of every single day, and there is no time off. At the same time, parenting has to be one of the most rewarding activities. There is no better reward than seeing your kids grow up and transform into little humans with personalities that were shaped thanks to your hard work. Even though there is no right or wrong way of raising kids, there are little tricks that parents can use to facilitate their life. Even if you are a stay-at-home parent, you have a lot of weight on your shoulders that needs to be relieved somehow.

Parents are human beings that need to eliminate some stress from their life every now and them. Even if you can’t find time for yourself every single day, you need to make an effort of focusing on yourself at least over the weekend. It might seem hard to change up your routine, but it the right to do for your sanity. Have a look at the tips given below and find some parenting inspiration that will bring some peace in your life.

Make Meal Planning Easier

Every parent wants their kids to be healthy and happy. One of the aspects that can contribute to the health of your kids is obviously the food they are eating. However, cooking food takes a lot of time and effort, especially if you prefer eating fresh foods for every meal. Therefore, you could start preparing meals in advance. This could be done either over the weekend or on a certain day during the week. If you don’t appreciate eating foods that were cooked a few days ago, you don’t have to cook that many meals. By preparing a double portion, you can count on eating some delicious leftovers the next day. Once you heat them up, they will be just as delicious and healthy for you.

Plan Outfits

Time is essential when you are a parent. You are well aware of the fact that you don’t get a lot of time to pamper yourself or change outfits all day long once you become a parent. However, by getting into the habit of planning your outfits in advance, you are able to save a lot of time and energy. You could do the same for your kids. Planning your kid’s outfits at the start of the week or a day in advance is a lifesaver. Since the clothes subject is quite important when it comes to kids, you need to make sure that you only purchase high-quality items, especially when they are young. They will not only last younger and feel better on the skin, but you will also make a good investment. Check out Nickis for some great quality items of clothing that your kids will adore.

Fill out Your Planner

A lot of these tips involve being organized. Planning beforehand is amazing when it comes to giving you some peace of mind. No matter what age are your kids are, it is good to have a weekly planner that you can fill out at the start of the week. Knowing exactly when doctors’ appointments are or when you need to take care of an obligation forces you in a way to seem the good in the week, instead of dreading it. The good news is that it only takes you a few minutes to complete your planner. While doing that, you can also ask your partner about their obligations so that the whole family can stay organized. Last but not least, if you’re thinking about planning any play dates for your kids, this is a good way to take care of that.

Get the Kids Involved

Just because you are the responsible parent, that doesn’t make you the only member of the family. Get everyone involved in every activity or errand that you need to run around the home. Although it might be hard to believe, kids love the idea of helping their parents out. That is because they feel in control. They can organize their toys, put their clothes away and even mop the floor, if they are old enough. Teaching children how to clean the house, how to prepare certain foods or how to complete certain chores is basically a life skill that they have to learn sooner or later. There are a lot of activities that parents need to complete around the house, and it is impossible not to find one that is suitable for kids.

Make a Reward Sheet

Kids throw tantrums many times. Nonetheless, a lot of times parents are not aware of the fact that they actually encourage that kind of behavior. If you’ve had enough of waking up in the middle of the night to a kid who does not want to sleep in their own bed, it might be time to create a sleep sheet. These reward sheets can be easily customized to your personal needs. They are a good help for parents who don’t know what to do to calm their kids down. You might be surprised by how effective they are. Those five stickers that represent a little reward can work wonders.

Put Yourself First

Last but not least, it is essential to mention the importance of focusing on yourself. This will make your life better in no time. Ask your partner to mind the kids for a certain amount of time while you pamper yourself, or you do an activity that calms your mind. Even if you spend that time taking a nap, you will be better off than not doing anything for yourself. If you want to recharge your batteries, you need to do this at least once a week. It is not a big break, but it does the trick. You don’t have to be to feel guilty about it as you deserve to relax.

Parenting can be complicated at times, but definitely not impossible. If you’re still new to the art of parenting or you simply need some inspiration, the ideas discussed above might come in handy.