Being a parent can be hard, and you might think that the parenting book you just bought at the bookstore will teach you a lesson or two on how to keep the kids in line, but really there’s all sorts of parenting wisdom coming right out of your radio if you’re willing to listen.
Here are five parenting lessons you can learn from country music songs:
1. Don’t be overbearing.
Tread carefully when you don’t like your son or daughter’s girlfriend or boyfriend. You might just push them further into their arms, at least that’s the lesson from Trisha Yearwood’s “She’s in Love with a Boy.” Find a way to rephrase your concerns even if your daughter is dating someone that “ain’t worth a lick” and “got the short end of the stick.” She may be young and she may not care, and she might follow Tommy (or whatever his name is) anywhere.
2. Don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.
I used to think the song was catchy and cute, until I became a mom and actually listened to the lyrics more closely.
“Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys.
Cause they’ll never stay home and they’re always alone.
Even with someone they love. Even with someone they love.”
So, according to this song, if you let your sons grow up to be cowboys, they’ll have a neurotic detached personality, valuing freedom and the cowboy way of life over real love. Got it. I’ll steer my boys towards being “doctors and lawyers and such” like the song says.
3. Your kids will pick up on all your habits –both the good and bad.
The Rodney Atkins song “Watching You” teaches that whether you’re cussing or praying, your kids will pick up on it and follow in your stead because they want to be like you. This is a good one to remember with football season coming up. Remember little ears are listening when your quarterback fumbles. Not that you’d use any bad words. Your Mama taught you better.
4. Your teenagers might act like they don’t need you, but they do.
“Never Grow Up” by Taylor Swift switches from a mother’s perspective hoping her daughter never grows up, to the daughter’s who has finally grown up and is feeling alone in the big city– wishing she’d never grown up. This song serves as a good reminder to parents of teenagers. Your teen may act too cool and ask you to drop them off around the block so they’re not seen with you, but they still need your presence in their lives as they transition to adulthood and in the very near future they’ll be wishing they could sleep under your roof just one more night.
5. Your kids will grow up fast and you’ll love watching them fulfill their dreams.
“Then They Do” by Trace Adkins is a reminder or how quickly kids grow up. You go from swearing that they’ll never grow up to watching them start college, find the loves of their life, and praying all their dreams come true. These are all really good things, but I feel like the lesson of this song should come with a caveat: you should help your child refine their dreams before praying they come true, and I say this because my 4-year-old nephew wants to grow up to be a chocolate lizard. See what I mean?
Well, that pretty much covers everything you need to know about parenting. Just remember these 5 simple lessons from country music songs, and you’re going to be just fine.
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