American Idiot's Guide to Parenting
- When Pamela was seven months pregnant, we went to a Barenaked Ladies concert. From birth, Max has reacted positively anytime he hears BNL. For the last few months his favorite CD has been the BNL live holiday concert that I (legally) downloaded from the band's web site.
- We try to expose our kids to "real" music and not just kids stuff (no Raffi in our collection)
Too bad the new Bullet in a Bible CD has one of these annoying Tipper Gore labels on the front.
I certainly abhor the fact that someone (not sure who, actually) is deciding what music is appropriate for my children. Although some parents might not want there children hearing some of the 4-letter words favored by Green Day, I prefer to make this decision on my own. My rule of thumb was to skip any songs that say "fuck" more than 2-3 times. Probably not the same standard followed by the people that put the little b&w warning label on the front.
This did, however, give me an idea for a new sort of warning label. I can think of some music, web sites, and a particular TV network (rhymes with box) that should carry this label.
If you are looking for some kid-friendly music that doesn’t suck, here’s a few of our favorites:
- Taj Mahal, Shake Sugaree
- John Lithgow, Singin’ in the Bathtub
- Smithsonian Folkways Children’s Music Collection (a gift from my brother)
And, if you’re in the market for a video, your can’t miss with ElmoPalooza. I know this seems like commercialism that doesn't fit with my music choices above. But, when Jon Stewart teams up with the Muppets, how can that be bad?