what kind of music do you allow your child to listen to?
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Jenn - posted on 04/04/2011
Well, little ears are always listening...CLOSELY...so we haven't let our kids listen to much other than children's CDs, Christian rock and a little country or classic rock (have to be so careful with that too!). My girls just started listening to Taylor Swift and adore her but I don't let them listen to all the songs, even Ms. Swift's music can be inappropriate for little ears! It is funny because I never really paid attention to the words in songs until I had children. WOW...I don't know if it is good or bad that I didn't pay attention in the 80's!
i think all music is good for kids, except i draw the line at R n B singing about girls and sex and the pop songs (come take off my clothes etc) reckon they can wait for that kinda stuff somehow. oh and swear words in songs prob not a good call either. we mainly listen to rock music in our house and my 16mth old sons fav band is the clash (loves to dance) i'm not gonna introduce him to kids music eg the wiggles mainly for my state of mind but if he finds it and likes it i will let him play it.
Robyn - posted on 05/01/2010
My son listened to whatever I was listening to, usually rock. When he was little I listed to a lot of classic rock, and as he got older I started listening to more punk and alt rock. But when he got his first boombox a year or two ago, he tuned it to the country station (which I'd never listened to) and I don't think it's moved since. We don't censor anything, he knows what words he's allowed to sing along to. I let him choose what he wants to hear. He doesn't get a whole lot of rap/hip hop exposure, but if that is what he wanted to listen to, I wouldn't have a problem with it. My dad was kind of strict about what we could listen to (if he didn't like it, we weren't supposed to), and I always kind of resented him for it. I feel like I missed out on a lot of good bands because he wouldn't let me listen to a certain radio station or buy a certain CD or whatever. So I let my son choose cause he knows what he likes, even if I don't like it. We're not to the age of buying Cd's quite yet, but I intend to make him buy his own, as opposed to me buying them for him.
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Hope - posted on 09/25/2011
My daughter is 3 and she pretty much listens to what we listen to, and we censor what we listen to like no profanity of course and stuff, I like all kinds of music, she sings along to the group called Night Wish, the remake to phantom of the Opera, she will sing along to that.
Tara - posted on 05/04/2010
We LOVE the xmkids radio station. I have bought a lot of CDs that have become my kids' favorites by listening to that station. Some of our favorite kids musicians are Laurie Berkner, Dan Zanes, Elizabeth Mitchell and Billy Jonas, They Might Be Giants, and Bare Naked Ladies. One of my favorites is a CD called Beethoven's Wig. I found it on amazon and there is a whole series of them. They take classical music and make it extra kid-friendly by setting cute songs to the music. Most of these artists are very adult-friendly as well. I can't stand to listen to Barney or the Chipmunks all day. We also listen to a lot of international music (Irish, latin, etc.). I disagree with letting kids listen to anything they want. They need some limits, especially while young. I don't want my kids listening to anything violent or profane or sexual...they're only 4 and 10 months!
Candace - posted on 05/04/2010
We listen to a lot of different types of music, kid's music included. But the type that predominates is deep, funky HOUSE music. Before the birth of our daughter, my husband and I went dancing pretty frequently.
Now we go a less, but we can now share this experience at home with our daughter. She enjoys listening to it and enjoys dancing with us.
It is so much fun.
liveatfocus.com has free downloads of live Dj sets from their weekly club Focus Tuesdays.
Colleen - posted on 05/04/2010
There is a lot of wonderful kids music that is also tolerable for grown-ups. :-) Brady Rhymer, They Might Be Giants, the Wiggles, the Doodlebops, sound tracks from Disney films, etc. I think it's good to expose children to lots of different kinds of music (zydeco, classical, african drumming, etc.), but I do think that some adults should be more mindful of the kinds of topics, ideas, and language that the music conveys.
Theresa - posted on 05/03/2010
We listento everything from The Chipmunks to Led Zepplin. We steer away from any songs refering to sex or that use profanity. Both of my children have MP3 players.(7 and 5) I let them choose what they want to put on them as long as it is clean.
Fiona - posted on 05/03/2010
My kids can listen to anything they like, I think its as vital path to opening their minds. Currently obsessed with "Andre" from L7, a few from the Monkees and all of the Stranglers. I thought I had the broad range of music going but I think Lucy beats me!!! I am light on Mongolian Throat Music Lucy but I can throw in 1960s japanese garage bands if that helps make me look cool for my age. :)
One thing though, nursery rhymes and kids stories do not ever seem to work in our car CD player for some reason, hmmm, very strange. Not in any of our cars, coincidentally... I guess you have to keep your sanity in some parts of your life.
Lucy - posted on 05/03/2010
Anything and everything!
As an expressive arts teacher my taste in music is pretty broad so my kids will spend time listening (and dancing) to rock, classical, bangra, mongolian throat music, opera, pop, indie, punk, country, reggae, soul, kid focussed stuff like the wiggles, choral, industrial... I could go on!
I'm really not into censorship of the arts, I think all art forms are a wonderful way for kids to connect with the world around them, learn about other cultures, see things from someone else's personal perspective and discover what appeals to them on an emotional level.
My children, who are two and three, have already developed their own firm favourites. Rowan loves reggae, funk and soul, he loves to dance. Whereas Ivy is more into off the wall female artists like Kate Bush and Tori Amos, lots of twinkly piano and heightened emotion- yup, she definitely inherited the drama gene from mummy!
Erica - posted on 05/03/2010
At my house, I listen mostly to Christian music, a little of Gospel, and maybe some Christian Alternative/Rock. I know that all around her she is being exposed to other types of music, which I would prefer not, but it is inevitable. We are a Puerto Rican family we listen to many types of music, but I do try to filter out those songs that may have words or phrases that in her later years she will completely understand. I would rather her learn them much later than sooner. I still want her to grow in herself and learn to be her own person. (although that may backfire on me later...lol) I still have the faith that as long as I try to instill good morals, she will make good decisions and not be so infuenced by her music or surroundings.
Julie - posted on 05/02/2010
My children and I used to listen to music almost everyday after nap time. We'd put on records (now you know how old I am) by Kenny Rogers, Snny and Cher, The Luvin Spoonful (oh, how 60s!). I guess the idea was that I enjoyed the music and liked dancing to it, so my kids did too.
Firebird - posted on 05/02/2010
Music is almost always playing in my house. I can't function without it.lol My girl listens to what I listen to which is everything from Reba, to Hanson, to Evanescence, to Slayer. I'm not a fan of rap so not much of that gets played here.
Lisa - posted on 04/30/2010
Our daughter is 20 months nearly. She listen to all sorts, she is tortured with her sisters HSM and Hannah Montanna, she gets good variety from musical, children and heavy metal. At 6 months she loved "five finger death punch" and "Papa roach". Five finger death punch is fantastic for getting them to sleep!!! lol
Jenny - posted on 04/29/2010
The only music I let my kids listen to is good music lol. My 7 year old's Ipod contains AC/DC, The Black Keys (her favourite right now), Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, Bob Marley and tons of other bands.
We're huge on music at my house. I have tons of concert DVD's and thousands of MP3s.
We've bought her a few kids CD's but she doesn't really play them, she prefers "real music".
As far as censoring goes I don't really censor anything and certainly not swear words. We do not have alot of pop or rap in the house as a matter of personal taste so she is not exposed to alot of the sexist crap which would be my biggest concern. Music is art and sometimes art com,es from a dark place, if she asks questions about controversial lyrics it leads to an educational experience.
Wendy - posted on 04/28/2010
For the most part, they only listen to Christian music. My 9 yr old is very musically talented and he loves TobyMac, Kirk Franklin, Kurt Carr and Martha Munizzi. My 5 yr daughter is following suit. It seems to make a real difference in their attitudes when they listen to these types of music instead of the radio station his bus driver plays. Also my daughter loves Veggie Tales and Adventures in Odyssey.
Jessica - posted on 04/28/2010
We only listen to Christian music with our kids. That is all my boys know! They love it! There have been times when there was no Christian station that would come in due to traveling and the boys always pick up on what is in secular music. For us, it is Christian all the way--well, that and some cartoon soundtracks!
Adrian - posted on 04/27/2010
My 2 year old daughter listens to the same things I do. We listen to rock, rap (edited), and hip-hop. When she stays the weekend with my grandparents, she listens to country and blue grass. She loves anything with a beat and dances to it. She's been dancing since she could move. She's a little jive turkey!
When my kids were little they listened to just about everything - lots of classical rock, especially (my taste!) Lots of kids music, nursery rhymes etc.
My 2.5 yr old grandaughter is a great rock fan. She loves to sing "We will rock you! - if I've taught my granddaughter to appreciate Queen I'm happy! Her father plays guitar, which she loves!
Aimee - posted on 04/27/2010
Music that is moving and motivating. My children listen to nursery rhyme cds, Baby Einstein and in the car I have XM radio so we listen to Disney Radio and the Kids station. I don't play music that has profanity or vulgar meanings. Before I had XM we listened to the local Christian station.
Sharon - posted on 04/27/2010
AT 2 they listened to pretty much what I listened to. They also had their childrens music CDs. Childrens songs, nursery rhymes and CDs like Kids Bop.
Now that they're older the radio pretty much plays the censored stuff and music bought from walmart is also censored. So the words aren't terribly bad, but sometimes what the song is about is not appropriate for even a 14 yr old. So songs about getting high or about having sex, get nixxed. Thankfully most songs hint at that stuff but aren't about them.
Tracy - posted on 04/27/2010
My four year old daughter loves disney songs at the moment but she has loved all kinds of music since she was a baby. I think this was probably because I was always singing to her whether it was nursery rhymes or whatever was on the radio at the time. In fact she still likes me to sing twinkle twinkle to her before she goes to sleep at night.
My children love and listen to "Doodle Bops", "Wiggles", "Fresh Beat Band", "Imagination Movers", and any Disney music CD.
My children LOVE music and tend to repeat a song right after they hear it, so I have learned really quick to sensor what they listen to because it really isn't good to have your 2 year old daugher sing "Poker Face".
Peita - posted on 04/26/2010
I live in Australia and we have some great kids groups, my 6yo boy is moving on from these and likes a bit more pop now, but my 4yo girl looooooves anything she can dance to!! I also do daaycare inn my home, these are some of the kids groups/cd's we listen to - Hi5, the Wiggles, the Hooley Dooley's, Playschool (Kids educational TV show here), I have a 6 cd pack that is called JUST FOR KIDS and it has theme songs from children's tv show's, party songs, nursery rhymes etc! My kids also love playing SINGSTAR on the playstation, so they listen to a lot of different things!!
Medic - posted on 04/26/2010
My son loves country and christian punk rock, when he gets older I will let him hear my old punk rock cds. Yes I know punk and country are an odd combination but they are my fav. My husband listens to rock but edits that down with the kids.
Andrea - posted on 04/26/2010
We listen to a lot of soundtracks from movies or musicals, but we also let him listen to Christian music (which thankfully is pretty broad - rap, folk, rock, jazz, classical, etc) We're trying to expose him to different music types without introducing him to the junk in a lot of music. He loves his tunes!
Melanie - posted on 04/26/2010
I'm more of a Hip-Hop fan however due to explicit lyrics i tend to listen to pop or dance stuff during the day. Kids love Lady Gaga and Beyonce. Prefer to let them listen to stuff that doesn't contain swear words or drug references. xx
Tracy - posted on 04/26/2010
We generally listen to more classic rock and country when we have the kids. My son (8 yrs) loves Johnny and Sr, while my daughter (3 yrs) is fast becoming my little punk rock queen. She loves the Ramones and Lemmy. And they both will happily jam out to Zepplin or Zak Brown.
Now, when they aren't around, that's when I'm blasting Rammestein, Manson, and Hank III
my daughter is my lil rock-n-roll princess. all i really listen to is our local mainstream rock/classic rock station. she also likes country, which her dad listens to sometimes. but she rocks out to metallica, offspring, pearl jam, nickelback etc
Meghan - posted on 04/26/2010
my 18 month old loves the Lion king soundtrack...but usually I have on classic rock radio stations. But I love rap and hip hop so when we are in the car I make sure I have an edited cd of the songs I like so he isn't hearing the bad words. He loves the beats and dances to them.
Katarina - posted on 04/26/2010
My 1 year old loves music to! We bought the 50th Anniversary addition of the little people which has over 50 songs on it. Wheels on the bus, Rubber Ducky, Abc's, it's all on there! Also, the Care Bears Holiday CD helps him fall asleep in the care. Classical music every night to help him relax and fall asleep. Mostly in the car It's top 40 stuff, that my husband has on the radio. If I'm in the car it's the beattles, Frank Sinatra, and other oldies as well! My LM has a wide range to listen to.
Michelle - posted on 04/26/2010
My kids listen to whatever I listen to. They LOVE it!! My boys are 3 and 4 years old. They love music...especially my 3 year old. They ask for certain songs by name and sing along with them. I do try avoid music with excessive profanities. But they will sing, "Handlebars" by Flobots, "Skin and Bones" by Foo Fighters, "The Kill" by 30 Seconds to Mars, "Grace" by Will Young, "All Star" by Smash Mouth (or the Shrek song), and "Monster" by Skillet. We are a rock family but also listen to contemporary Christian rock as well. I see no problem raising kids to enjoy and respect all kinds of music. My boyfriend also plays guitar and both boys love playing Rock Band with us. My boyfriend and I write music together as well. We have recorded 2 songs already and plan on making more music.....he writes the music and plays guitar and I write lyrics and do the vocals. I think it is so important for children to listen to music!!! Of course it has to be within reason....nothing to vulgar or profane. Music is an important part of our lives and I dont think kids should be limited to what they can or cant listen to.
Theresa - posted on 04/26/2010
I only have the Christian radio station on in my van. So that's really all my kids listen to. My 11 year old has an iPod and it also has only Christian music on it. That's the kind of music he likes. When my kids were smaller they used to Listen to the Veggie Tales CD's with the silly songs.
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