Making My Kids Listen to My Music

Quick link: Introducing My Kids to Music from the 1980s

I recently gave my kids a list of songs from iTunes that I had purchased, downloaded, and added to a playlist called “From Mom.” It is the best playlist ever. Or, at least I think so. I’m not sure what they think, though I have heard them listening to the songs once in a while.

I picked songs I loved, songs I still sing from time to time, and songs that seemed to connect to our global, transient lifestyle.

Cassette Tape

Here’s an essay I wrote for Brain Child about picking the songs (though the list isn’t the exact same one I gave them):

In many ways parenting is about launching children into the big, wide world to experience fascinating and wonderful new things. We don’t want them to copy us in our teenage fashion trends or hairstyles or our 80s and 90s eating habits. We want them to surpass us and move beyond us.

Except when it comes to music.

I would dare to venture that most parents are pretty convinced that music was better before. The specific years of the present and the before aren’t exactly relevant, only the fact that music was better before.

So while we don’t want them to roll their pants like we did or use as much hairspray as we did, we do want them to sing like we did. Or at the very least we want them to know who we are channeling when we respond in certain ways.

Like: when they say, “Mom, can we leave (this boring party) yet?” And we respond with, “Should we stay or should we go now?” Or they say, “I’m going to soccer practice at 7:00 on the bike tomorrow.” And we say, “Wake me up before you go go.” Or when they are moving into their freshman dorm and we say, “Don’t you forget about me.”

Of course, there was some eye-rolling. But, like I said, I’ve heard the music coming from their earphones and speakers, so…there’s that.

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