Updated: Jan 21
A current pop song has been making its rounds on the radio. It’s by an artist named GAYLE, and it’s called abcdefu. If you don’t have little’s nearby and you want to hear it, by all means, be my guest. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaFd8ucHLuo
So do I feel bad that my child has picked up on this song? First, let me clarify that it’s the radio-edited version and not the full-on expletives you hear in the YouTube or XM versions. In fact, none of those expletive words have come out in either of our young children’s vocabulary. On the other hand, our older teens know what they can and can’t say around adults. But this isn’t about the older today. This is about only about our younger children. You see, It’s odd as we know the actual words, and now our middle youngest isn’t singing the alphabet anymore when he is going A,B,C,D,E, walking around the house or in the car. Oh, and F is the word forget. Now we know he didn’t forget his alphabet and this randomly replaced it, but rather it’s just one of those catchy songs he picked up on without knowing the exact context. And guess what, that’s ok! It’s no different from him belting out “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from Disney’s Encanto. So what is the line between pop culture and younger children? So many differing opinions out in the world. In the end, I don’t stress over this as in our house we have worked together to identify when we should or shouldn’t introduce certain content to our children. Could I list those out? Of course, but I won’t. Instead, I would encourage you to figure out what works best for you and your individual situation and family. So many factors go into such decisions that listening to others will likely drive you crazy. Trust your gut; you know what’s best for your child. You go moms and dads, you got this!