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My biggest fear as a parent is that I'm going to mess up my kids. It's a lot of responsibility, creating decent human beings, and I spend a lot of time worrying about it.
Of course, like a lot of moms, I'm also really busy. So I'm always trying to squeeze meaningful moments into our everyday activities. Since we spend so much time in the car, one of my favorite techniques is to use the music we listen to in the car.
Not only do we bond by singing along to songs together, I get many opportunities to talk to my kids about the messages being sent in the songs we listen to together.
I want my kids to think about the words they are saying when they repeat lyrics from popular songs. Some of the catchiest songs send messages that do not align with our family values.
Thankfully, there are many popular songs by talented artists whose messages DO reinforce the principles and ideals I want my children to hold. Kelly Clarkson is a wonderful example of this type of artist.
Why I Like Kelly Clarkson's Music
I've been a fan of Kelly Clarkson ever since she was a contestant on American Idol. I loved her voice and her girl-next-door personality.
There's no denying Kelly Clarkson's talent. She has a beautiful, powerful voice that she has amazing control over.
What makes her music interesting is her versatility. Her music ranges from pop to country to rock.
Life Lessons from Kelly Clarkson and Her Music
That versatility is one of the things I highlight to my kids. Kelly Clarkson refuses to be pigeon-holed, instead exploring all aspects of her talent, personality and interests.
That's exactly what I want my kids to do. Rather than changing who they are to fit in with others, I want them to do what interests them so they can attract friends who value confidence, diversity, and character.
I also love that Kelly Clarkson refuses to succumb to pressure to look a certain way. She's publicly discussed her weight and claims she is much happier now that she isn't dieting.
I love that she's decided what's best for her and she isn't bending to pressure to meet standards that aren't her own. I want my kids, and especially my daughters (since society seems to have more expectations for girls' appearance), to see that you can be successful and happy without conforming to ideals set by others.
In Kelly Clarkson's most recent album, “Meaning of Life,” she shares several positive messages in her music that reinforce the points above and highlight other qualities I admire.
Whole Lotta Woman
Just listen to “Whole Lotta Woman” to see what Kelly has to say about her full figure.
Meaning of Life has advice on character too. In “Go High,” Kelly reminds us that even when it's hard, it's always better to take the high road.
And I get lonely on the high road
Everywhere that I go
Stand for nothing, fall short
But not me
But I won't give up
I will keep giving love
Runs through my blood
I'll never give up
And I love this lyric because it's a good reminder that even though we're not perfect, we should always be trying to be better versions of ourselves:
Sometimes I don't wanna be nice, but I try
And even though Kelly Clarkson can rock country, as you heard in “Whole Lotta Woman”, on Meaning of Life, she reminds us that she can shine in a ballad just as well. In “Slow Dance” she sets a great example for how young romance SHOULD start.
I also like the message she sends about what true love should feel like in the song “Move You.”
Like a symphony at sundown, in the middle of July
When a lyric really gets you and it breaks you down inside
Like the home that you were raised in
Like faded photographs
Like the thrill of Christmas morning
My kids can relate to a lot of the examples in the song. I think it's such a clever and beautiful way to explain what love “feels like” to my kids.
Just as important, I want my kids to know that it's okay to move on from relationships that have become unhealthy. Breaking up isn't the end of the world. “Medicine” from Kelly Clarkson is the perfect song to listen to after a breakup.
Share Your Thoughts!
Have you listened to Meaning of Life yet? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Specifically, I'd love to know which lyrics resonate with you the most. Please let me know in the comments.