Our Personal Version of "Footloose"Meghan Gesswein
There’s not a lot that we censor from our kids. They hear bad words, they see scary (for them) movies, they watch a few TV shows that are geared to an older audience, and they listen to our radio stations when we’re in the car.
They know what words they aren’t allowed to repeat, they listen to us when we tell them to cover their eyes if something comes on the television that is inappropriate and they generally don’t complain if something comes on that we won’t let them watch.
Lately, they are starting to develop their own personal tastes in music, which has been fun to witness. Dylan, my 6 year old, likes Rock music while Zach, my 4 year old, has tastes that lean more towards the Rap/Hip Hop range. I mostly listen to country, so both of these genres are a bit beyond me.
We heard a Beastie Boys song the other day and I asked Zach if he liked it. To which he replied “No. I like the ‘break my bones’ song.”
I had no idea what he meant, so I googled it. And I was mortified when I figured it out.
It turns out that his favorite song is Rihanna’s “S&M” with the lyrics “sticks and stones may break my bones but chains and whips excite me.” And the even raunchier “Sex in the air, I don’t care, I like the smell of it.”
If you’re interested, here is the video: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdS6HFQ_LUc&ob=av2e[/youtube]
When we were kids my mom took my sister’s radio away when my sister sang Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” to her. I have always thought it was pretty funny and that my mom was a bit of a square in that situation. Until now, because I’m considering revoking radio privileges from my children and investing in some KidzBop CD’s. They may not have any idea what they lyrics to that song mean, but the last thing I want is for Zach to sing it to his friends and teachers at preschool.
How strict are you about what your kids are allowed to listen to or watch?