Wednesday, October 27, 2010

touch-a, touch-a this

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Uh oh.

My friend, Whitney, said it best: I'm likely to get a call from Amara's school today. She's now singing Touch A, Touch A, Touch Me.

Thanks Glee. Nothing like hearing a second grader say, "I wanna be dirty. Thrill me, chill me, fulfill me, creature of the night."

But sadly inappropriate lyrics are nothing new to my household. Remember Katy Perry's first single?

Just like I know the sexual innuendos in Glee are so highly improper for a seven-year-old child.

But my time away from work and Amara's time outside of school are so precious. So when we find something we both enjoy, I jump at the opportunity to indulge together.

Sure, outfits get skanky. And the dialogue can be raunchy.

But you know what, we see some unsightly characters at the mall wearing less than Lea Michele on the cover of GQ. And awkward conversations can be overheard in any coffee shop we hit on any given weekend.

So it upsets me when I hear other parents complain about Glee and debate the merits of the show.

I'm not going to tell you that every elementary school child should watch Glee. Not my place. But I talk openly with my daughter about the topics addressed on the show. And I answer any questions she may have.

And because Glee encourages Amara to pursue her interest in the arts, I have to support the show. The show is inspiring students to hit the stage, to sing and dance. Growing up, the choral programs at my school were so important to me. I can't imagine a curriculum without it. The arts reinforces academic skills, like reading and boosts self-confidence.

So will I continue to allow Amara to watch Glee? You betcha.

Is it right for everyone? Probably not. But if you disagree, you can just touch-a, touch-a this!

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  1. The key thing you said is that you talk about it. I've always had a really liberal attitude to what my kids can watch and read (if it isn't going to traumatize them of course!) as long as the stuff that some may not consider appropriate is watched/read with me and then we talk about it. How better to help them to navigate this stuff then create a dialogue when they are young?

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  2. Laurie, I couldn't agree more! Shielding Amara isn't going to make any of it go away. So I believe it's best to be open and honest. And hopefully that transparency will continue in our relationship as she gets older.

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