The best laid plans

Last week, Jon Acuff at Stuff Christians Like did a post on what it was like to have his little girl come home from school and recite lyrics from a pop song that a friend had taught her -- a song that she was far too young and innocent to know. (You may have seen the link over at RE:News.) I don't envy him that experience, though it sounds like he and his wife handled it wisely.

But what really caught my interest was the way that Jon's comment section quickly filled up with parents saying, "I know what you mean -- that's why it's nothing but Christian music in my house!"

The very next day -- tell me God doesn't have a sense of humor -- I ran across this passage from an article about Katy Perry (note: profanity and suggestive image at link):
“I didn’t have a childhood,” she says, adding that her mother never read her any books except the Bible, and that she wasn’t allowed to say “deviled eggs” or “Dirt Devil.” Perry wasn’t even allowed to listen to secular music and relied on friends to sneak her CDs.
For the uninitiated, Katy Perry is now one of the raunchiest singers out there, and in a culture as raunchy as ours, that's saying something.

I'm not here to judge anyone; as a non-parent, I have no stake or interest in the Mommy Wars. (And even if I become a parent, I hope I continue to have no stake or interest. I've seen the Mommy Wars, and they are scary.) But I do think parents should be aware that if they carefully exclude all bad influences from their home, and fill their kids' minds with Christian music, and shelter them as much as humanly possible . . . they just might be raising the next Katy Perry.

In other words, maybe it's not a bad idea to do a little training in discernment, along with the sheltering.


I know next to nothing about Katy Perry. (Ah, the joys of not having a TV in the house. We're not completely spartan; we do play DVDs for us and the kiddos.) Sounds like her parents may have been rather controlling; I wonder if they ever allowed her to make many choices. As a computer expert, my husband understands the need to make wise content decisions. It is our hope and plan to teach our children to be able to make their own wise choices.
No particular reason to put anything foul into the environment. There is enough fair stuff for children to be raised without pseudomonasticism.
It sounds like you did a good job, Dan.
Agreed. But it is much easier to keep the kids away from the secular radio stations than it is to pre-screen everything.

I'm a big music buff, and my kids got a lot of classical music when they were little (at least the older ones). As they aged they branched out on their own, but with adult guidance. So far, none of them have turned into anything like Katy Perry.

I won't judge the folks who posted such things. They are doing the best they can for their kids.
I'm not suggesting putting anything foul into that environment. But not all secular music is foul.
Ummm . . . having only Christian music in your household is a far cry from what Katy Perry describes. Certainly you have to train children in discernment. For one thing, they are not always in your house. And the situation Acuff describes is a perfect time for that training. But children are affected by their environment. Why put anything foul into that environment? For that matter, adults are also affected. One hopes adults have learned some discernment . . .

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