Pop Music and Kids

Pop Music and Kids November 30, 2012

From one of our dear friends:

I am growing weary of listening to toddler music in the car.  My daughter will happily listen to classical music at home but not in the car.  She has heard pop music only a couple of times but really seems to love it.
Do you allow your children to listen to pop music?
If yes, then how to you determine what is or isn’t appropriate and how do you enforce this in a consistent way?
And if not, then what do your children listen to? How do you shield them from pop music (when it’s everywhere)?
Finally, what are some good alternatives to the toddler music (Music Together, Making Music, Praying Twice etc)?  It’s slowly starting to drive me crazy listening to these songs over and over and over again.

From my perspective, a little Kelly Clarkson never hurt anyone, but it’s risky to flip on the radio without critically evaluating what’s being played. And right about the time I had decided that all pop music was trashy, either outright or subtly, tonight I was listening to our Top 40 station and heard the above song. Our Top 40 station is known for tending toward the raunchy… Hips Don’t Lie… so I couldn’t believe my ears. Musically-speaking, this isn’t high quality, but morally it’s rather noble. (Kellie, it’s super sappy, don’t vomit.) And that a song about purity can make it onto the charts gives me hope for the coming preteen/teenage years.

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