My grandchildren like to listen to Radio Disney or hip-hop. Maybe they are one in the same, beats me! Some of the songs they know by heart. Don’t tell me they can’t memorize the multiplication tables or their sight words. It’s all a matter of repetition and desire.
Kids are great imitators , whether words, songs or behavior. They do learn what they live as the saying goes. Therefore it’s our privilege and responsibility to set a good example, raise them with respect for others with many manners and kindness intact. These manners are not learned in kindergarten, but before. As they learn to speak teach them please and thank you. Anthony knows he can’t get up from the table without asking to be excused and cleaning up his dishes. Sometimes it’s easier to just do it yourself but it’s worth it in the end to instill proper choices and good behavior. In teaching manners, they will also reap the benefit for themselves. When they learn to brush their teeth and put deodorant on they will reap the benefits of breath and body not stinking. As your young ones mimic pop words, may they mimic all the good and positive things they are taught and exposed to.
I listen to K-Love, a Christian radio station. It is so positive and encouraging. Sometimes the grandkids say can you turn it to Radio Disney? I’ll say, it’s my turn to listen, or that song had a bad word so we’re changing the station. Funny, they have been with me enough I hear them singing the songs. These songs plant seeds into all of us, it’s a special blessing to know these life changing songs are planting seeds in such tender young ones who are trying to make their way in the world. A world wrought with many obstacles and challenges for us all.
Anthony loves ”The Eye Of the Storm” by Ryan Stevenson. He will sing it loudly with all his heart. This song is about God’s care in the storms of life. We recently saw the “Overcomer” movie with Anthony and his sister. It was excellent. Both kids were singing “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong Worship during the show. It brought tears to my eyes.
My grandkids may listen to pop music with their ears but I pray they will listen with their hearts to God! For my hearts desire is that they would know their identity comes from who God says they are as they were singing that night at the cinema!
Sam is a businessman, writer, entertainer, speaker, husband, father to six children, grandfather and great grandfather. Sam graduated from Huntington University with a B.A. in phychology and drama and pursued a degree in Broadcasting from Illinois Central College with graduate level studies at Christian Leadership University. Sam is the creator of Granpa Cratchet, one of the most successful touring shows in the history of the live events industry. Millions of people see Granpa every year all across the United States at fairs and festivals. His characters have appeared on every major network: Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show (4 times). Sam and his characters have made over 500 local appearances and on all the major networks; NBC, CBS, ABC, ESPN, PBN, The LeSea Network, The PTL Network and Praise the Lord. They currently appear all around the world every week on YouTube and Facebook, and on several satellite networks via the Kidz Television Network and The Captain Hook (children's) Show.