So my son and I are listening to the radio on the way to school the other day. We’re both singing along to one of his favorite pop songs (one that I’m beginning to like now to my friends’ dismay). As soon as the song ends, the DJ starts rambling on about something. Before I know it, the DJ announces that Lady Gaga’s secret to younger-looking skin is spinach and orgasms. I felt like I was in slow-motion, reaching for the off switch. I hit that button so fast, you could barely hear the “O” word. But OM goodness! I’m no Tipper Gore, but really? It was 8:15 a.m. and my son is 10. He’s too old for KidzBop, but WAY too young for this stuff. Thankfully, it was over his head. He didn’t even suspect a thing. Had he caught on, I would have resorted to leaving the radio off until he turns 15. (Or maybe simply asking him to put on his proverbial “ear muffs” just as Vince Vaughn did in Old School.)
Ear Muff It For Me, Old School.
Lisa @bitesforbabies said:
Isn’t it amazing what kids are subjected to hearing these days?!! What will it be like in 9 years (when my son is 10)??!!
Hello back, Crazy Mom (who looks 35) and Lisa Cash Hanson. You two…& all of you moms are so fab! Thanks so much for visiting! It is sad Lisa, I guess we just have to remind ourselves that motherhood is a journey. An imperfect, often insane…but oh so rewarding journey. And if we have to turn off the occasional DJ or show that spits out bad words and inappropriate stuff and be their filter, then so be it, right??!!
Lisa Cash Hanson (@Mompreneurmogul) said:
I”m visiting you from my hop that I host 🙂 Make my Morning on Mompreneur Mogul…It’s so sad my baby is about to turn one and I don’t feel like you can let them listen to hardly anything. Every time the TV is on or radio something ridiculous comes on they shouldn’t hear…it’s sad.
The Crazy Mom said:
Hey, just wanted to thank ya for liking me on fb! 🙂
Thanks for your comments. It sounds like you’re doing a great job in the parental “filtering” department. Why is it so many movies advertised as family movies still leave us flabbergasted? Believe me, I have a CD with kid-friendly music, I just need to remember to keep it freshened with new tunes. It’s my saving grace!
Dr. Michael Provitear said:
Kids are great! How do we have fun with our children and be careful not to expose them to comments like the Lady Gaga one that Jackie experienced.
At Disney, I selected a movie called “Dan, in Real Life.” Great movie about a writer and Dad dealing with children. While watching it, someone told him that he was all backed up and needed to find a women. How do you explain that to a 9 year old and a 6 year old. I said he was backed up on dating and needed to date again. Wow! Close one.
Life is filled with this kind of thing. Watching Comcast on demand features movie trailers that may not be appropriate for kids when My Little Pony ends.
I suggest a Billy Joel Piano Man tape or the Xmradio in the car may be better to control the music.
Thanks Jackie for such a great post.
Dr. Provitera, author of “Mastering Self-Motivation.”
I am amazed at how much my kids pick up here and there – I’m sure it is inevitable, but GAH!!!
I think I fear becoming my mother so much that I will suffer through some things (like music that is louder than I would want or the kids running around when I want quiet) just so the transformation is complete! My mom isn’t so bad, though – I guess I’d be okay if my kids and I had the relationship I have with my mom.
Oh – and we NEVER listen to the radio…especially early in the morning. You would think those DJs would think about the kids going to school and not just the commuters.
Kathleen Scanlon-Desio said:
it is amazing what they say on the radio isn’t it? And right during drive to school time! I have been battling this problem as well with my boys. I’m no prude but I don’t need to get into THAT kind of discussion first thing in the morning!
I HEART all of you. Thank u. I am slowly becoming my mother…I just know it. And it scares me.
ohmygawdIhatetheDJs. They’re AWful.
Ear muffs is a classic! I agree with you way too early for that kind of talk. It is getting harder to find radio programs or television shows that you can watch with your kids who are too old for Barney but too young for suggestive language and conversations. We listen to the Ipod in the car- good songs and no chatter.
I am quickly becoming “Tipper!!!!”