Waltzing Logdrivers, Christian Ants, Conniving Cats, Deceitful Ducks and Other Aids to Help Your Child Eat, Drink, and Thrive


Almost every parent can attest to the innumerable tactics, strategies, threats, rewards, and/or punishment that naturally dovetail our parenting styles. I don’t care what you name your particular style of parenting – whether you are a helicopter, free-range, no-range, authoritarian, authoritative, laissez-faire or some other kind of parent, you have at one point or another negotiated, bargained, threatened, cajoled, yelled at, or given in to the demands and tantrums of your child. If you haven’t, you are lying. You know who you are.

Before J was born, I had a few moments when I worried that I didn’t know a single lullaby or children’s song. Sure I knew a few nursery rhymes (who doesn’t!?) but did these count? Turns out, I didn’t have to worry. I ended up making a song out of some loving words, weaved the words together into a soothing tune and that worked for J, over and over again. Mothering win! Yeah! Aaron, on the other hand, didn’t have my song even though he did hum my original tune 🙂 to calm J down. One day, he just started humming this other tune that was also very calming in the way he hummed it. That tune was a childhood memory that he had drawn from – a classic Canadian song – the Logdriver’s Waltz. In this post, I want to list a few of J’s all time favorite songs/videos that have rescued us from many a tough situations having to do with his refusal to eat or drink milk.

Note that the aids I list below were only used until J was about 1 year or so and most of the time with the video turned away from him. We no longer use these with J except rarely to just enjoy them for old times’ sake. I am, however, looking forward to using these as the first line of resources when E gets to the stage of fussy eating and drinking.

Here goes:

Logdriver’s Waltz

One of the first things that worked for us with J was the Logdriver’s Waltz, a classic from Canada. In the first few weeks after birth, J had many a tummy/gas issues and would cry a lot. Aaron would hum this song, tentatively at first, then with more confidence once we looked it up on YouTube and learned the lyrics. J started liking the song so much that it became a steady companion to his bedtime, feeding, and calming rituals. Here is the video. The song is beautiful.

Ants go marching

Over the weeks, we learned many, many new songs. We had an entire collection of songs that we sang that worked for us. One that stands out is the ‘Ants go Marching’ song to which we (at least I) were first introduced by the Canadian children’s singer, Raffi. J loved to listen to us sing this song when we fed him milk. With a milk bottle in one hand and holding J on my lap with the other, I remember many afternoons and evenings singing the ‘Ants go Marching’ song to him. Most of the time, I would just use my own words. For e.g., the original lyrics say:

Ants go marching one by one, hoorah, hoorah
Ants go marching one by one, hoorah, hoorah
Ants go marching one by one
The little one stops to suck his thumb….

I changed the last line to: The little one stops to have some fun OR The little one stops to get some sun (although it doesn’t make sense because the ants are marching to get away from rain so theoretically there is no sun). Point is, I liked the challenge of this song so I could put in my own rhymes into the lyrics. But then, there is SEVEN and not many words rhyme with 7.

The original lyrics go:

Ants go marching seven by seven
The little one stops to pray to Heaven.

I was raised a Hindu but I don’t really practice any religion anymore, not actively anyway. Given that Aaron is areligious too, we celebrate Diwali, Hanukkah, and Christmas, and other Hindu and Jewish special days when we remember them. I am not opposed to the Heaven and Hell theology. So I have sung the lyrics in the original format before. I have also changed it to the following – a little nerdy but it’s also fun.

Ants go marching seven by seven
The little one stops (pause) and that’s a given.

Conniving Cats and more Canadian classics

J enjoyed this a lot despite being somewhat skeptical of the said cat. Haha.

The Blackfly Song

The Sweater

I’ve saved the best for last. J absolutely loved this song for everything. He liked us singing it but he loved watching the video. As adults, we liked it too. It was fun without trying to be. We also enjoyed the spin off – Honey Bear song. Very sweet and don’t miss the devious duck make a friendly appearance in the Honey Bear video too 🙂 too cute!

The Duck Song – Parts 1, 2, and 3

There you have it. There have been a few others but the above were his favorites. We also used a bunch of Raffi’s songs. Look up his YouTube videos. I love Raffi’s voice for kids – very soothing, like he was meant to sing for kids (and he does).

I am not above using technology to help us harried parents when the situation demands it. I’ll do a post on this one day. I was just thinking of these songs fondly a few days ago and thought about doing a post on them so other parents can potentially use them and if you like them all (and our taste), it might be helpful to you to have them all listed on one page. If anything else pops into my head, I’ll update this post.


Published by Suchitra

I am a former Communication Studies professor turned stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) to two multiracial kids. I write about my adventures in parenting and living a multicultural life with my family. Blogger at: www.thephdmama.com Follow me: @thephdmama

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