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Music Is Not the Universal Language, But Love is the Key: Dealing with Offensive Music

Most of us who are parents today may be shocked to hear our own parent's voices coming out of our mouths with words like, "Turn down that racket."  However, as the adults, we still have the right and responsibility to decide what we want to be exposed to, and what we want our kids listening to.

I sympathize with the shock many of us feel at some of the lyrics in today's music.  Many glorify everything from rape to murder, while others praise cheating, stealing and suicide.  And since the words are set to an interesting beat, it is easy to get caught up in listening to words that would make a sailor blush.

Listening to the words may be the first step to helping your teen understand what they are listening too.  So next time you're in the car, let your teen listen to what they want too, but you listen to the words also.  Then turn off the radio and discuss what is being said with then.  How do they feel about the language?  Do they enjoy hearing people speak to them so disrespectfully?

What about the lyrics?  Do they think that it's OK to rape someone, or steal a car just because you want it?  If not, then why do they enjoy listening to others talk about it?

Even if they see nothing wrong with the music, you should still step-up to the plate and explain very clearly what is and is not acceptable in language, topics, etc. of what they listen to.  If you don't feel comfortable coming down too hard, you can also declare certain music off limits when you or your younger children are around while still allowing them the freedom to listen to what they like when they are alone or with friends.

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