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04 Apr, 2013

Facing the music

Posted by andrea tomkins in: parenting|Publishing/writing/career stuff

A friend of mine once told me about a time she was sitting in a theatre waiting for a movie with her eight and 10-year old nieces. The girls decided to pass the time by belting out Katie Perry’s “Kissed a Girl”:

I kissed a girl and I liked it
The taste of her cherry chap stick
I kissed a girl just to try it
I hope my boyfriend don’t mind it.

(Here’s the video for that song in case you’re interested.)

As parents of two girls, we explained why some people have two daddies (or mommies) pretty early on. But this is another ballgame altogether. How do you explain this song to an 8-year old?

Was the mom in the theatre mortified or did she find it humorous? I don’t know, but I do know that the girls didn’t have a clue what the lyrics were about. I’m sure the other people waiting for the show were quite amused too. :)

I have a post up at the MediaSmarts blog writing about kids and music this week. Sex, coarse language, gender stereotyping – it’s a fast-changing world we live in and I’d love to get your thoughts on this topic. I offered a few of my own tips but I’m sure you Fishies have a few of your own to add.

  • How do you handle the radio (it seems weird to type that out) when you’re in the car with your kids?
  • Do you have any rules about downloading music at home? For example, do you have a family iTunes account or do your kids have their own?
  • What are your biggest issues and concerns as it pertains to today’s music?

I’d love to hear what works – and what doesn’t work – for you and your family. Let’s help each other figure this stuff out, shall we? You can leave your two cents over here.

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