My whole family loves music, so we’ve decided to make Monday nights the perfect time to share that love with each other, as a family. Family dinner time just got a lot more awesome. New Music Mondays is something you can share with your family too. It is finally happening. My kids are taking an interest in music. Better music, I should say. They’ve always loved music but as of late, we’ve been forced to listen to novelty songs and One Direction. Non-stop. And my oldest son’s preference for Radio Disney and Kidz Bop left me and my ears wanting more. A month ago I subtly suggested we try our local radio station, KIIS FM since a lot of the songs they like are played on that station too. And it worked. That helped us to expand the genres of music is they are hearing. As a result, my oldest has shown interest in Imagine Dragons and One Republic.
My happiest moment came the other day. Although he wanted to create a playlist on the iPad to listen to (hurrah!) he was grounded from screens (boo!) so instead I turned on the radio in his room. He came out after a few minutes, made me stop vacuuming (amen!) and said, “I have a new favorite song. It’s ‘Ain’t it Fun’ (Paramore). Come on mom. Come listen to it with me.” I shot put the vacuum and ran down the hall to his room. I am a big fan of that song. So we listened (he listened, I lip-synced) together.
I’m not a music snob but I don’t think that music needs to be dumbed down for kids. Music is a big source of enjoyment for me and has been for as long as I can remember. I was allowed to listen to pretty much anything that I wanted and I knew my boundaries in terms of language and themes, etc. Just because I heard 2 Live Crew in junior high did not mean it made my behavior change. I certainly wasn’t slanging rocks or getting horn y. Knowing how music has changed, I am not willing to just send my kids off with a radio for them to learn on their own. I see music as a great way to open the dialogue between our children about not only music, but the art form and life lessons that come along with it and the words being sung.
So we are starting New Music Mondays Family Dinner Playlists!
I’m not going to make playlists for you to follow along with, because everyone has different aged children and have different ideas of the topics and words that are acceptable to their family. Our family is fine with most curse words, the kids just know that they are not allowed to repeat them. As we are just starting to break in to rap music, I try to find the edited versions but that can sometimes be really hard. Old school rap is a little bit better in terms of cursing. And beat boxing? What kid doesn’t love beat boxing?
Be prepared for dance breaks! We allow them to get up from dinner a few times to dance along with the music. Mondays are pretty fun. I’d love to hear if you play music at family dinner time! Of course you don’t have to listen to music just on Mondays but that is the night we try to explore a little bit more.
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