Part 3: My Kids’ Favorite Song Right Now
Right now, my boys are watching the Disney movie Moana on repeat, but if we don’t put a stop to it, they’d watch Maui singing “You’re Welcome” and then a big crab thing singing a song called “Shiny” on repeat about 6-7 times in a row. I am reminded of how I watched Disney’s Aladdin like that when I was a kid. I begged my parents for the soundtrack on cassette so I could learn the songs by heart. I’m not ashamed that I know all of the words and can sing “A Whole New World” similar to the movie version.
I like kids' music specifically because it reaches my kids in a way that I can’t do by just talking to them. I sing the “Countdown Song” when they aren’t listening, and they jump up do whatever the task is. Or the “Head on The Pillow” song that gets them to put their heads on their pillows for bed. I wrote both of these amazingly bad songs, and they usually get played back to back at the end of the day because it motivates them. Music energizes the young soul and can teach a young soul so much without them ever knowing it. If you are a parent, you know what I’m talking about. Kids minds are sponges, especially with music. I am teaching the same songs that I used to learn the days of the week to my boys!
We as parents, up to a certain age, are responsible for what we are putting into our kids minds. And it is a big responsibility. If you look at my previous post about a month or so ago about the role of a Music Leader and how they are responsible for what words are put on the lips of God’s people, I will point out that this is same role a parent has to their kids. You are Music Leaders or Worship Leaders to your children!
So can you use Disney songs to help teach your kids lessons? Sure! But as I’ve discussed before, it must be contextual. I wouldn’t follow a story about David vs. Goliath in our devotional time with “Let It Go” from Frozen. But I think there are valuable lessons to be learned in children’s music about sharing and putting heads on pillows when I ask the first time!! COME ON BOYS, SERIOUSLY!! PUT YOUR HEADS ON THE PILLOWS RIGHT NOW!... Sorry about that.
We also need to be careful with what we are letting our kids hear that we are listening to on the radio. It may seem cute to hear our kids sing all of the lyrics to “Uptown Funk” even though they don’t know what all of it means. But is it good for them? I’m asking honestly, because both of my boys know it, and I’m pretty sure I’m a bad parent now.
I guess we all need to be reminded that God can redeem even our worst parenting moments. It is never too late to start “Letting the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14). Point your kids to Jesus as often as possible but know that you are going to mess up. And own up to it with your kids. Don’t play high and mighty with them. Let them know that God alone can fill the gaps of your sin with the tender-loving grace of Jesus. If you don’t know where to start, teach them one verse of "Amazing Grace" and watch how the Lord fills the gaps in their hearts! Or you could play this week’s set list on repeat and have them come and sing it on Sunday morning with me!
Song List for September 10
O Come To The Altar- Elevation
You’ve Brought Me Back To Life- Citizens and Saints
Greatly To Be Praised- Citizens and Saints
Brokenness Aside- All Sons and Daughters
Give Thanks To God- Wildfire