Anna and the Black Eyed Peas
I have one of the most random tastes when it comes to music. After breaking out of the CCM bubble in college, I enjoy listening to all different kinds of music. Recently, I have enjoyed the sounds of Lady GaGa and the Black Eyed Peas. I created a mix CD that included songs from both of these artists and we played it in the car. Right behind me sits our family sponge, Anna. One day after hearing a Black Eyed Peas song in the car, Anna started singing the song and dropped a word that we don’t use in our house. At that point Hillary and I remembered we were parents.
That might sound crazy but so often I don’t necessarily remember that my children pick up on a lot of stuff going on around them including music. I just leave on the radio because I like a certain song and forget that they are sponges taking in everything they see and hear. As Anna sang the first verse of the song, I did not react in a big way because I didn’t want to concentrate on the word, but I told her that the song wasn’t a good song to be singing. From that day on we have been watching very carefully what we play in the car.
Personally, I don’t really like Christian radio stations. They seem cheesy and sugar coated. But as a parent the idea of “family friendly” radio is very comforting to me now. We have a Christian radio station here in Central Illinois that I can actually stomach. It helps me relive my high school years in the CCM bubble. It is important to even ask myself if it isn’t good for my daughters to listen to, is it really good for me to listen to.
Being a parent does change things.