Music?

Brittany - posted on 09/21/2011 ( 43 moms have responded )

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Music is important part of life, regardless of age. Do you allow your child listen to all types of music? What, in your opinion, is acceptable and not acceptable? What about popular edited music?

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Erin - posted on 09/21/2011

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My daughter loves music, and she also is very quick to say when she doesn't like a song (asks me to change the station). I wouldn't play anything with lots of swearing for her, but then I don't listen to anything like that. Otherwise, it's all fair game.

Stifler's - posted on 09/21/2011

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My kids listen to what I listen to in the car. They also watch ABC kids and that has lots of music in it. Logan LOVES music and gets up and dances when a song comes on. I don't listen to anything highly inappropriate for kids to tell the truth, not because I have kids just because I never have.

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Elfrieda - posted on 09/29/2011

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Right now I don't expose my 1-year-old to any "angry" music, like any Evanescence or Pink, for example, just because of his reaction. He gets grumpy and starts throwing things and screaming! I like to watch the boy dance to the songs that have a beat. He puts his knees together and sort of bobs his head and wiggles his body back and forth. It's hilarious!

Ashley - posted on 09/29/2011

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Music is a huge part of our lives! I always have music on and the kids love it. We listen to pretty much everything from oldies to rap. Except country techo hardcore metal punk and christian. I'm a big rap fan so they listen to a lot of that but they love The Tragically Hip (one of mommies fav bands) my youngest asks all the time to have The Hip on. When i was pregnant for my youngest i listened to music everyday and when he was newborn in the car the only way i could get him to stop crying was by turning the music louder. They know they arent allowed to repeat any bad words in a song so i dont censor anything. They hear a lot of Eminem and Jay-Z as they are mommy and daddy's favourites. They dont understand the lyrics and just stand there dancing. They day they repeat something back from a song i may have a different opinion but for now they hear it all..

Merry - posted on 09/28/2011

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Eric also loves veggie tales, and kids songs as well as lady gaga! We both adore bad romance lol I turn that song WAY up and we dance like mad men :) we also love Michael Jackson. Black and white was the first song Eric ever danced to! Sinatra, love him! But my fav songs are uplifting types. So lots of Christian stuff and I adore owl city too.

Merry - posted on 09/28/2011

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We listen to anything right now and Eric loves music! He dances alot to any good beat. He loves Alvin and the chipmunks songs and Justin beiber. And he loves mist glee songs too.
We don't edit much yet but I think very soon we will be because he's repeating more and more.
I don't want to hear him singing beiber love songs anytime soon. No songs about bf gf breakups sex drugs swearing etc.
We are going to be pretty strict and quite conservative on songs I think. I was 15 before I listened to a secular radio station for the first time :0 maybe not that strict but it makes me sad to hear my 9 yr old niece singing I kissed a girl, or to the left, etc. She's just so young to be singing about that crap.

Kate CP - posted on 09/25/2011

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We listen to all kinds of music here: rock, rap, soul, R&B, funk, pop, country, blues, jazz, metal, blue grass...you name it, we have it. The only thing we don't listen to while our five year old is around is anything with explicit lyrics because she's going through another parrot-phase and says everything she hears. Also, we don't tend to listen to Christian music unless you count Christmas music during the holidays. Just not our thing.

Lady - posted on 09/25/2011

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My 2.5 year old goes about singing 'Welcome to the Black Parade' by My Chemical Romace - he had awsome taste lol!!!

Aleks - posted on 09/25/2011

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I made the mistake of buying the Bon Jovi's Greatest Hits CD after seeing them for The Circle tour and put it on in the car as my (then) 5yo son loved Livin on a Prayer (heard it on a rock radio station I had on once or twice and he seemed to have really liked that song) .... Anyway, since then it has been "can we have bon jovi?" everytime we get in the car!!! Same goes for my 2.5yo! Who belts out "Have a nice day" or "You give love a bad name"!!! LOL its sooooo funny though! However, I will be happy not to hear Livin on a Prayer for the next 10yrs!

Before this huge Bon Jovi obsession my kids have had to put up with my kinda music - which is mostly techno (though I don't mind a lot of stuff) or whatever is on popular radio stations - with my daughter definitively preferring hard rock and my son more my stuff of techno/dance stuff.

Also, we bought a compilation of 90s music and my son seemed to have preferred the following:

Ice Ice Baby

Mr Bombastic (thanks to his daddy being all silly during the song)

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My 2.5yo daughter also likes to burst into song whenever she is doing things or playing... she usually sings anything from the Wiggles though.. he he he

So... yeah........kids and their taste in music...lol

Rebecca - posted on 09/25/2011

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Hi Brittany,

If anyone is using your music taste to say something as horrible as your daughter will go to Hell and you are the anti-Christ, they are ignorant, possible scared of change and unfortunately a bad example of Christianity.

I agree with you that Lady Gaga is musically a good role model, I am a little unsure about Britney Spears, but listening to music and watching music videos are two separate issues to me - I don't like my kids to watch some music videos.

My kids listen to what I listen to, so rock, punk, pop, jazz - I am in Australia so they also love the Wiggles

How old is your daughter? I think if as parents we discuss the difference between acting, performance and real life, and appropriate ways of dressing, there is no problem.

But that's me :)

Candice - posted on 09/24/2011

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For the record: Disturbed will tame even the angriest of babies.

I don't allow crappy music in my house and I am the judge of what is crappy. :)

My kiddo likes Tom waits and David Bowie as well as Queen, anytime music is on I get ordered to dance with her. It's insanely cute.

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Nothing is censored in my home/car either. HUbby & I listen to rock, metal, or even we get in the 80's mood- but my son loves radio Disney and anything with a techno beat. But I put my foot down at rap! And, no country either!

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My hubby and I listen to alot of punk and rock music. In fact when our son was only 6 months and teething the only thing that would calm him down was our lady peace in the background on low.
We found alot of our fav bands (Nine inch nails, Green day, Metallica) on a special cd that had taken out the words and made it entirely instrumental and alot slower. It was great! He listens to it all the time :)

Kathleen - posted on 09/22/2011

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My son listens to pretty much everything. We don't listen to the hardcore rap stuff. The stuff with a lot of words that a three year old she never say. I am picky myself what I listen to, so, if while listening or I know when listening it is not appropriate I change it. Though most of the time my son reaches for his Sesame Street, Veggie Tales, and Kid cd (not sure of the title), or his Cars CD. Acceptable and not acceptable is the same as with movies and television. Language, vulgarity, or other obscenities are not acceptable for children. We do not lsiten to much edited music. After my niece figured out what was actually in there I do not let my son hear any of that.

Brittany - posted on 09/22/2011

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Her name is pronounced (Kay + Linn) caol "slender" and fionn "white, fair, pure." Several saints were Caoilainn and one was described as "a pious lady who quickly won the esteem and affection of her sister nuns by her exactness to every duty, as also by her sweet temper, gentle, confiding disposition and unaffected piety."

You can check out my page. I added the photo of Caoilainn's hair bow along with photos of my son.

All of my kids have three very Gaelic Irish name.

Krista - posted on 09/22/2011

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Like the others, I don't really censor much. I don't want him listening to anything that glorifies violence or that objectifies women -- to me, that's a lot more vulgar than any swearing.

Usually the most music we listen to is on our daily commute, so he's exposed to about 2 hours a day of my own music tastes. :) I tend to put it on the alternative station, or on the 90's grunge station. So we've got Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Modest Mouse, The Joy Formidable, Radiohead, Muse, Death Cab for Cutie, Mumford and Sons, Foo Fighters...all that good stuff. I loathe most country (except for Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash), so he won't get much exposure to that unless it's through his friends when he's older.

Brittany - posted on 09/22/2011

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At dance class Caoilainn's instructor calls her Lady Gaga. That is all she will answer to at dance. I think my daughter is just nuts. I will have to upload the photo of Caoilainn with her Lady Gaga hair bow.

America3437 - posted on 09/22/2011

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Eminem Edited version(although my 17 year old is free to listen to unedited).They also like metel and some country and will jam to oldies and gospel!

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J listens to all genres, from kids' music to metal to opera, and is free to listen to anything he wishes once the lyrics have been approved (if applicable).
I don't care about cursing and such, but I do care about the message of the song. J knows when and why to drop an F-bomb, but nothing that glorifies violence, crime, or other injustice, or devalues/objectifies women is approved. For those reasons, very few songs in the rap genre make the cut, but I enjoy the rhythms and feel it is an important genre, so I make an effort to search out appropriate songs.

Stifler's - posted on 09/22/2011

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I am so sad I download top 40 off the aria chart then delete whatever I don't like because I always miss Rage and we put the stereo away because Logan was pulling the knob off. I'm apprehensive when it comes to Selena Gomez and co. though.

Lady - posted on 09/22/2011

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We don't really like pop - but anything else goes from Avenged Seven Fold to opera and Mozart!

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Hahaha Pink is Queen here also. I play her song perfect all the time and not the radio version. In the car on the way over here (5 hr drive) My daughter finally asked me to turn the music up.... All 3 of them were singing with me it was horrible but sooooo sweet at the same time.

Nikki - posted on 09/22/2011

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Bahahahah I love Loureen's answer!! No Beiber or any other annoying teenage pop star in my house either. Other than that we listen to everything, from Alice in Chains to Norah Jones. I don't censor music but then I don't really listen to particular songs that swears clearly and frequently.

Erin - posted on 09/22/2011

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My 2.5yo hates Gaga! I asked her why, and she said 'because she's stupid' haha. Pink is the queen in this house.

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I love the Cee Lo Green's song fuck you. It's on my music frequently played in the car BUT for some reason if the kids are with me I will skip it. That's the worst of my music when it comes to bad language. If Lady Gaga means i'm going to hell then so be it. I really like Gaga and i think her music has good meanings in the lyrics.

Tracey - posted on 09/22/2011

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My kids can listen to any music that is actually music and involves instruments - not half a dozen cute boys prancing around singing about how they love girls in order to appeal to 12 year olds.

Firebird - posted on 09/21/2011

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My daughter can listen to anything that isn't overly sexualized. That's all I censor at this age. Minor references though, no biggie. Swearing doesn't bother me, she knows what words kids aren't allowed to say. I'm not a fan of rap so she doesn't hear much of that... same with country. Oh, but Beiber and Cyrus are forever banned from my home.

Lady Heather - posted on 09/21/2011

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Freja loooooves the Gaga. Pokerface is her #2 song after Double Rainbow. But we sing Frojoface. Frojo is one of her nicknames. I don't really care about that kind of stuff because a) she probably isn't catching the lyrics anyways and b) if she does I'm sure she doesn't understand a word of it. A 2 year old probably won't think much of taking rides on disco sticks or whatever. And by the time she starts to get it she'll be old enough that it won't matter.

At least there's nothing about bitches and hos. That stuff rubs me the wrong way. I'm not big on censorship and I have a bit of a dirty mouth (and fingers), but just...not for me.

Stifler's - posted on 09/21/2011

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Yeah I don't see what is wrong with Gaga at all. There's hardly any swearing or inappropriateness in her music as far as music goes. She thinks she is shocking but Madonna has been there done that.

Brittany - posted on 09/21/2011

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The reason I ask this is because, I have been called all kinds of beautiful names by individuals because, I let my daughter (4 years old) listen to Lady Gaga.

I have been told my child will go to Hell, that I am the anti-Christ, that I am a Catholic W**** just like her, ect ect....

My daughter LOVES to dance. She likes music with very upbeat tempos, lots of techno sounds and energy. She goes to dance class every week and that is all we hear about. We will be at the grocery store and she will be tapping or spinning down the aisle. She is OBSESSED with dancing.

I, frankly, do not see a problem with her listening to Lady Gaga. I believe she sends a positive message to young girls. She does not use over the top vulgar language, her performances can be a bit risque but, it is all about the show with her. I would not dare allow Caoilainn, at this age, to dress like Lady Gaga does. Although she wants to be Lady Gaga for Halloween.

Maybe it is because, I am a young Mom and I grew up in the Britney Spears era (which my daughter likes her also). I do not allow them to listen to songs that drop the "f" bomb every five seconds but, then again I do not typically listen to that either.

You have all been so helpful!

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My kids listen to what I listen to, so.... Christian stuff and country here. The girls have some exposure to other music w/ their friends.

Charlie - posted on 09/21/2011

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We dont censor music in our house although I would prefer they didnt listen to beiber or Miley LOL

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I listen to everything and so do my kids. I don't worry about censoring the music, even if it has foul language. Of course, if I hear that they burst out singing "The Thong Song" in preschool one day I might be forced to reconsider my stance on the topic. ;-)

Jurnee - posted on 09/21/2011

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I listen to all types of music, so do the kids. I dont care so much about the occasional bad word, they know not to repeat. I dont listen to anythng vulgar though, so its just a curse here or there. Nothing they havent heard before.

Stifler's - posted on 09/21/2011

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Bahahhaa we're in the car the other day and Damo and I were talking and he's like "oh fuck I forgot that we had to do that' and Logan's stting there going "fuuuu fuuuu" in the back

Lady Heather - posted on 09/21/2011

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I think probably we have some songs with swearing where the words aren't very pronounced, but when you are trying to get your 2 year old to stop screaming fuck and bugger at the grocery store, trust me - you avoid obvious f bombs in music. When she's older and able to understand that you don't use those words in certain places, I won't care.

It's a shame because she really likes that song Kitty by the Presidents of the United States of America. But if she hears the whole thing she repeats the "fuck you kitty" bit towards the end. So we can't listen to it. Why she can't repeat the benign parts, I don't know.

Stifler's - posted on 09/21/2011

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My kid gets enough foul language fro situations where i kick my toe or he overhears the adults talking at BBQs

Rosie - posted on 09/21/2011

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my kids have access to all music at all age. i don't censor much in my house. i don't see the point. it's not that important to me that my child doesn't hear "bad words" i'd rather worry about their actions then what they hear. music is very important in my family and we listen to all kinds. from frank sinatra, to marilyn manson, to ray charles and metallica. it's all there, and i love it.

Lady Heather - posted on 09/21/2011

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We have pretty eclectic tastes around here so she listens to nearly everything. I stay away from foul language. And she doesn't listen to country music because I generally can't stand it.

Freja's favourite song is that auto tune of the Double Rainbow youtube clip but we skip out the f bomb at the end. Ha.

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