Kids & Lyrics: do they know what they're singing?
*thump, thump, thump* are common sounds coming from my daughters' room. Aged 7 and 10, they love to listen to music and dance along. It's not unusual for me to walk into their room, find each one standing on their bed, hips swinging, Z100 blaring, and them singing Katy Perry: "Let's go all the way tonight, no regrets, just love....."
If I didn't pay attention to the words, I would think it was so cute. And, I do. But, is there something wrong with these girls uttering these words? Another favorite song references "boys trying to touch my junk, junk". Gone of the days singing about the moon or rain boots, a la Laurie Berkner.
We are a music-loving family. There is always something playing in the background. We don't want to deprive the kids of listening to new songs, pop music. But, do we have to censor? The content is just troubling, and - with two young girls - I am always concerned about female stereotypes and demeaning depiction of women and girls. Do we have to come up with playlists of only approved songs? Would that limit us to just a few selections? What are safe, wholesome, but fun & upbeat artists, go-to songs or even radio stations that you'd let your [pre-tween] kids listen to?