Study: ‘Baby Shark’ May Help Dads Bond With Their Kids

This may be the silver lining to your kid’s fixation with the song.
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ByStephanie Grassullo
Associate Editor
Published
Jun 2019
listening to baby shark could help dad bond with child
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A survey from Dignity Health says dads who listen to music with their kiddos feel happier and more “in-tune” with their children. One of the most popular songs for fathers to bop along to with their children? You’ve guessed it—“Baby Shark.”

Ninety-six percent of dads say they listen to music with their kids at least once a week, and the power of music is undeniable. Nearly 80 percent of fathers surveyed say listening to music with their kiddos makes them feel happier, and 61 percent think it builds a stronger connection. Half of fathers with kids who are under 5 years old use music as an activity with their youngster every single day. The best part is, it’s a pastime that carries out long after the preschool years. More than one in three dads still listen to music when their children are teens. Check out the top 10 songs that call for a jam session with your kids.

Most Popular Songs Dads are Listening to with Kids

  1. “Natural” by Imagine Dragons
  2. “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
  3. “Baby Shark” by Pinkfong
  4. “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
  5. “Wheels On The Bus”
  6. “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X and ft. Billy Ray Cyrus
  7. “Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee
  8. “High Hopes” by Panic! At The Disco
  9. “Dancing With A Stranger” by Sam Smith and Normani
  10. “Wow” by Post Malone

Another benefit to dance parties with your family? It could be a sneaky way to get your littles into music you like. A previous study found the best time for parents to influence their children’s taste in music is before they turn 10 years old. Better get to work!

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