My girls are precocious. The seven year-old reads beyond her age, climbs trees higher than she should, and seems pretty interested in boys. The five year-old wants to do anything her older sister does. Right now, I feel like I have a handle on the situation, but the future scares the heck out of me. As Kelly Oxford has made abundantly clear, girls are vulnerable and many boys out there take advantage of it. And as Donald Trump has personified, many of these boys never grow up and instead just move to more powerful positions.
My plan is to continue to keep a close eye on my girls and try to keep the lines of communication open. I’ll also do my best to encourage friendships with kids that aren’t quite so risk-loving. Another idea I’ve had is to start playing more music with positive messages–Maybe it can be a subliminal influence. Here’s the start of a play list and I’d appreciate suggestions for additions:
- “Let’s Wait Awhile” (Janet Jackson) Abstinence isn’t something usually associated with Janet, but this song (and this whole album are just so good.
There's something I want to tell you There's something I think that you should know It's not that I shouldn't really love you Let's take it slow When we get to know each other And we're both feeling much stronger Then let's try to talk it over Let's wait awhile longer
- “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off” (Jermaine Stewart) This song was huge when I was in high school, and I might have to wait until the girls are in high school to play it. If it hasn’t yet occurred to you to take your clothes off to have to have a good time, I’d rather not implant the idea. And drinking cherry wine? That’s just going to lead to taking clothes off!
So come on baby, won't you show some class Why do you have to move so fast? We don't have to take our clothes off To have a good time Oh no We could dance and party all night And drink some cherry wine, oh
- “Just a Kiss” (Lady Antebellum) In my mind, this might be the perfect country song. Beautiful singing, catchy as heck, and a great message.
Just a kiss on your lips in the moonlight Just a touch of the fire burning so bright And I don't want to mess this thing up I don't want to push too far Just a shot in the dark that you just might Be the one I've been waiting for my whole life So baby I'm alright, with just a kiss goodnight
I’ve put the list on Spotify too.