What Music Are Your Kids Listening To?

Do you know what music your kids are listening to?  What is their favorite music group or artist?

My 16 year old Daughter is going to a concert tomorrow night and it got me thinking about these 2 questions.

I had a pretty good idea what my 2 girls liked to listen to but wasn’t sure about my boy.  It was time for a little Mom & Child Interview…

It’s funny, I guess I should interview them more often because each child was a little leery or hesitant when I asked them the second question above.  I figured they would be able to tell me right away.  It’s not that hard of a question, but they all had to think about it some.  Both of my daughters got out their ipods and looked at their top songs.

Youngest Daughter {8}

I interviewed her first.  She said Big Time Rush and Jonas Brothers after pondering a minute or two.  Then after looking at her ipod she quickly shouted, “David Archuleta!”  It made me giggle because I knew he would be on her list.  After him it was easy for her to list off Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Nick Jonas & The Administration and Justin Bieber.

  • David Archuleta
  • Jonas Brothers
  • Big Time Rush
  • Selena Gomez
  • Taylor Swift
  • Justin Bieber
  • Nick Jonas & The Administration

Son {13}

“I don’t think there is any good music out right now,” states my Son matter of factly.  I interrupted his Wii game to ask him who he was listening to right now. “I don’t really listen to music that much.”  I knew that already.  He and my husband are very similar in that they don’t need music in their lives.  Me, I can’t live without music!  Just another example of how opposite DH and I are.

  • None

Oldest Daughter {16}

As usual, my beautiful teen Daughter gives me a weird look when I asked her.  She was on the phone with her bestie.  They were supposedly studying for chemistry together.  Her friend asks me, “why do you want to know this?”  I should have answered, “Mom’s don’t need a reason to find out stuff about their kids.”  K answered, “it’s for your blog, isn’t it?”  I guess my pen and notebook gave it away. {lol}  K’s bestie listed hers off pretty quickly: Taylor Swift, Allstar Weekend, Nick Jonas, Jonas Brothers, Jason Mraz, One Direction, Katy Perry and Ron Pope.  I have no idea who One Direction or Ron Pope is.  Both my daughters love music as much as I do and I enjoy sharing this passion with them.  K made me promise I will state that her list is in no particular order. {lol}

  • Allstar Weekend
  • Jonas Brothers
  • Taylor Swift
  • Selena Gomez
  • Nick Jonas & The Administration
  • Shane Harper

I’m going to have to listen to Shane Harper…haven’t heard of him.

So K and her bestie are seeing Allstar Weekend tomorrow.  The Jonas Brothers better get their new album out soon because Allstar Weekend has taken over in our house!  I like both the Jonas Brothers and Allstar Weekend.  There is one song of Allstar Weekend {which happens to be the name of their latest album} that I’m not thrilled with because of it’s heavy sexual connotation.  I remember when we first listened to this album together I mentioned to her I did not like that song. “Yeah, I skip that song.”  This is when I am screaming inside saying “YES!”  I am so grateful for her desire to listen to good music.  Moms cherish these moments…when we can see the fruits of our labor. 😉

Do you listen to the music your kids are listening to?

Personally, I believe it is very important to know what your kids are listening to.  If the lyrics have subject matter that conflicts with our values, I talk about it with my kids.  This is an excellent opportunity to have a good conversation with your children.  It’s also a prime opportunity to teach.  Music is a very powerful medium.  I like to think I am pretty hip when it comes to music for a Mom.  Since music means a lot to me, I like to be able to listen to music with my kids.  If only I could get me kids to not be embarrassed when I begin to dance around…I know, never going to happen.

Do you talk to your kids about the popular songs that are played on the radio?

Let me give you an example.  Katy Perry has some fun songs.  However, there are several songs of hers that are played regularly on the radio that I don’t want my kids listening to.  The lyrics are not in harmony with the values we teach and instill in our children.  “So if it’s popular and all the kids at school are listening to it, why can’t I,” is the silent question my kids are asking.  Depending on who is in the conversation about the song at the time will determine my answer.  Sometimes if my 8 year old is asking I might have to be somewhat vague {depending on the subject matter contained in the song} and say, “It doesn’t have appropriate lyrics for an 8 year old.”  On the other hand, if my Son and oldest Daughter are the only ones with me during the conversation I will be pretty specific to why I don’t like it and think it’s not right for them to listen to.  It is up to them to choose whether or not they will listen to the song on their own, but when I’m around they will definitely not be listening to it.  However, if you are aware of what albums are on your kids ipods then you will know if they are following through.  This is easily accomplished by looking at their itunes accounts or whatever software they use for their mp3 player.

I’d like to encourage you to take time to talk to your kids about the music they like.  It doesn’t have to be a formal sit down with a notebook.  It can be at the dinner table.  It can be in the car{where we have our discussions the most, captive audience.}  It can be when you are watching American Idol or some sort of music awards show…anytime really.

You just might learn something you need to know about your kids by what they are listening to.

Now, your turn, what are YOUR kids listening to?

Can’t wait to hear,

Top 10 Reasons Why…

I’m excited my daughter is turning 16.

1. It’s sweet 16!  A monumental milestone in the life of a teenager.

My first born will be 16 on Saturday!  Where did the time go?

2. She can drive.

Well, I have to say, I’m stretching it a bit to say I’m excited about this one.  As a Mom {who has too many car accidents in her teenage history} I worry about her driving.  These days there are EXTRA things to worry about with teens driving.  There’s this little contraption called the CELL PHONE.  She says she will have it off while she is driving, but I know it won’t last I hope she does.  Too many people, not just teens have been in car accidents because of the cell phone {for talking and texting.}  Fortunately, she has to wait until November to obtain her full drivers license.  Until November she drives with her permit and I can coach her along while she is practicing.

3. She is a beautiful young lady.

4. Excited to see what’s in store for her.

This year she is a Junior in High School.  She is participating on the Varsity Color Guard Team.  It’s a year filled with college prep activities…scholarship applications, taking the ACT, etc.

5. I have looked forward to sharing this day with her.

When I was a teen I looked forward to sharing my daughters sweet 16 with her.  It’s a time to celebrate her life so far, including a photo shoot! 🙂

6. It’s a special day in the life of a teenager.Sweet 16 Invitation

7. I want her to be happy.

8. She will obtain a job and learn how to manage money.

My daughter will experience the process of having a job outside the home.  I did this growing up and I believe it is vital to the teaching of managing money.  She will be responsible for paying for her car insurance and gas money.

9. I can share stories of my 16th year with her.

I am grateful my daughter LIKES to hear about my teen years.  Most of the time she giggles and makes fun of me, but still we have fun talking about it.  You know, in my mind, it wasn’t that long ago. 😉

10. She can go on group dates.

In our family we have chosen to have our children wait to until they turn 16 to date.  Even so, she must go on a group date with other couples.  Group dates are less likely to end up doing things we would rather her not participate in at this age.  Honestly, I don’t see her dating any time soon because most boys don’t measure up to the high standard she has set…Nick Jonas.  My sweet daughter has had a crush on Nick Jonas for a few years now.  Bless her heart.  I completely approve of this crush.  Nick Jonas is a talented, nice looking young man with good morals from our home state of Texas.  However, he is a famous pop star.  I try not to shatter her dream of them meeting and he falling madly in love with her.  It’s completely normal to have this sort of crush.  I used to have a crush on Ricky Schroeder.  Eventually she will realize, just as I did, that it’s not very realistic and will realize there are plenty of suitable guys out there for her.

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