“Daddy, who brought the party?” “Who brought the party?” “WHO BROUGHT THE PARTY?”
Kaitlyn asked me that question several times this morning, knowing full-well that I knew the answer, but also wanting me to turn around and ask it to her since she also knows the answer.
A few weeks back, I wrote about some of Kaitlyn’s musical choices, and how there are some songs that she really enjoys that are not appropriate for her to sing at school (notably “Blown Away” by Carrie Underwood and “Get Your Shine On” by Florida-Georgia Line).
Since then, Amber and I have continued to allow Kaitlyn listen to whatever song we happen to be listening to on the radio. Neither of us feel the need to keep a close eye (or ear) on the lyrics in order to censor what she hears, at least within reason. She does not get to listen to the lyrical musings of Marshall Mathers for a variety of reasons, but the list of artists and songs she can listen to is way longer than the prohibited list.
If there have been times where people have raised an eyebrow to what we let Kaitlyn listen to, I can hardly remember them.
Thinking about it though, should Amber and I be more cautious about what we let Kaitlyn listen to? Even though we mostly listen to country, there are some songs that people may feel are inappropriate for a 6 year-old to be listening to and singing along with (see songs mentioned above). Should we even care what people think is inappropriate for Kaitlyn to listen to?
Like everything else, I guess our best bet will be to make adjustments as we see fit, while being confident that we are not messing Kaitlyn up too bad (all parents mess up their kids, it is just a question of how much. I think my first non-country CD that I bought was Snoop Dogg, and I turned out ok.).