This post is sponsored by KIDZ BOP; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I remember it clearly. The year was 1998, I was 10 years old and had my $20 proudly in my pocket. My parents drove me to Tower Records and I excitedly hurried over to the Country section to flip through the stacks of CDs. And that’s when I found it! Her album. The one I had been saving all my money for – Trisha Yearwood’s (Songbook) A Collection of Hits.
Fostering a love of music with our children:
Music is something so universal, and so tied to memories. My next few albums I think were a really great representation of the assortment of music I grew up with. The second album I bought was a Hootie & the Blowfish, then a new type of record that had just hit the shelves: KIDZ BOP, and Green Day because they were my brother’s favorite. I didn’t care about genre, I just cared about the way music made me felt. Even from a young age.
And I love fostering that with my children even now!
The feeling when the boys wake up in the morning and ask Alexa to play their music is pretty awesome. Sitting and watching them hum and bounce along as we eat our oatmeal or eggs is my hygge. They light up when their songs come on!
Their playlist is FULL of songs, even ones from when I was younger! One of the first CDs I ever purchased, the original KIDZ BOP, is one of their favorites to stream. Which honestly both makes me laugh, and cry a little. I was a sprightly 12 year old, running home from the school bus to open up my CD case, turn on my parent’s huge stereo in the living room, and had to wait for it to warm up before I could get the multi-disc player to open and play my jams.
My friends and I would push back the furniture and croon along to Britney and Christina and Shania. We thought we were the COOLEST. And now when I look at H and J doing the same in our living room, albeit a lot less work on their behalf to get their music to play, the memories flash back so clearly.
Family friendly music:
And one of the best things about KIDZ BOP? I know it’s family friendly. When a lot of the music on radios today… is not. With the fact that we don’t do a lot of screen time, music is a huge part of our “background noise” throughout the day. You know, besides all the noise and chaos from life with two boys, ha.
I love that with KIDZ BOP – we don’t have to worry about what they’re listening to. We can slip in the disc, or start streaming on Amazon Music, and I know we’re good to go all day. From cooking to coloring and all throughout the general day to day chaos! And it’s just like how it was when I was growing up. We always had music on, no matter the time of day. I remember all sorts of random dance parties as my parents and I were unloading dishes and putting away groceries. And now here I am, doing the same with my boys.
It’s crazy how much has changed with music, and yet how much has stayed the same.
Now, instead of rewinding tapes, or manually skipping songs on my old school boombox, all my boys have to do is ask Alexa to play their music. And voila. Music they shall have. The KIDZ BOP station plays it all! From old school hits that I grew up on, to new music that the boys love.
Why we love KIDZ BOP:
H told me the other day that he likes hearing people like him sing. Young kids, sounding like they’re having fun, just like he feels when he listens. Isn’t that beautiful? That is one of the reasons we feel like KIDZ BOP is so unique. It lets our kids be kids, listening to other kids doing what they love, and encouraging other kids to be themselves.
When I was a kid, it felt like all the pop stars I looked up to encouraged us to grow up too quickly. And looking at artists today, I see more and more of the same, only to a much larger extent. So having artists like KIDZ BOP is really important to me, and in my mind, to keeping the joy of childhood that much longer.
KIDZ BOP was such a part of my growing up, and I love that it’s been a part of my kids’ upbringing as well. Although how we listen has changed, the family friendly CDs by kids, for kids are still as infectious as ever. You can now stream on Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube or Apple Music, or if you’re old school like us, CDs and songs are available to purchase at Target, Walmart, Amazon and iTunes.
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