Does it really make a difference whether your tot listens to Laurie Berkner or Katy Perry? The parents who are calling the viral video of a sleepy 2-year-old rapping along to Waka Flocka "inappropriate" obviously think so.
But as a mom whose kids were singing Black Sabbath when they were still toddlers, I disagree. Are we really doing ourselves -- or our children -- any favors by sticking to a strict diet of Sesame Street's greatest hits?
Granted, the lyrics of this little boy's favorite jam, "It's a Party," are a little ... um, questionable: "I got a whole lotta money bitches count it for me/Bottle keep poppin' that's why the bad hoes jockin'."
Still, I think it's safe to say the meaning of those words are flying right over that kid's bobbing head. Are the lyrics of Waka Flocka's "It's a Party" really so different from Yo Gabba Gabba's "Party in My Tummy"? "It's a party in my tummy/So yummy, so yummy." Well, maybe. Perhaps a better example would be the classic "Ring Around the Rosey," which, as we all know, is about the bubonic plague of the 1600s. We all fall down, alright ... dead!
The point I'm trying to make here is this: Music introduces toddlers to rhythm, melody, beats, harmony ... analyzing lyrical content is still a few years down the road. So if there's a tune that inspires your kid to get his groove on, pump it up!
And if you want to criticize something about that Waka Flocka video, take a closer look at how those kids are buckled into their car seats.
Do you censor the music your toddler listens to?