Favorites: Children’s Music That Won’t Make Your Ears Bleed

As a former childcare provider, and a mother of two, I am well acquainted with the kind of children’s music that will make your ears bleed and possibly send you running from the room seeking refuge in a closet.

No, I’ve never actually hidden in a closet but only because I was required by law to remain present. But really it’s because I do not relinquish control to preschoolers. Alas, not everyone is as stalwart as I, and sometimes one finds ones self listening to the same sickening children’s verses over and over and over again.

If there was one piece of wisdom, one hard and fast rule for raising children I’d like to impart, and possibly save your sanity through the early parenting years, it is this—

Do Not Give Up Control Of Anything To Your Children.

They have poor decision making skills, crave repetition, and don’t give a crap about what you like or don’t like—especially when you are trapped with them in the car, train or airplane.

That is not say choices are not offered, but far too many parents give their children control over every aspect of their lives. They have become a culture of caterers. Eff-that. Embrace boundaries, and set limits.

Music You Can Listen To Over and Over Again-But Not More Than Three Times.

Today topic is children’s music that won’t make your ears bleed. I’ve recommended and bought my fair share of these recording for other parents and they continue to be favorites. Also they make great gifts for baby showers, birthdays and holidays, especially when you don’t know the recipient very well or don’t have children of your own.

We all have different taste in music, you don’t need to like my choices but they give the gist of what I’m getting at. Music from your own collection you find yourself singing along to that is appropriate for little ones ears is what your looking for. They like it when you participate.

You just can plug in any of my recommendation into Pandora and see what else pops up, evaluate according to your personal tolerance for mariachi, flutes, and banjoes.

We were really mean parents and refused to listen to certain children’s music (Rafi and any KidBop music). These are the albums we liked to sing along with and didn’t make us want to drive into trees on three hour road trips.

Children’s genre:

Rhinocerus Tap by Sandra Boynton

A Wonderful Life by Jessica Harper

40 Winks by Jessica Harper

Ralph’s World by Ralph’s World

At the Bottom of the Sea by Ralph’s World

• Strangely enough the girls developed eclectic taste favoring adult fare over most children’s pablum by the time they were five (subversive parenting skills!)

Adult Easy Listening:

Classic Julie-Classic Broadway by Julie Andrews

Nature Boy by Aaron Neville

Ultimate Manilow by Barry Manilow

The Best Of Ray Charles

Heart Shaped World by Chris Isaak

Eventually, you will be able to incorporate your full music library. That will be just about the time they develop a liking for your least favorite music on earth (Enya) and you’ll be grateful for ipods and earplugs—the hell with their hearing. You’ll be long gone by the time they go deaf.


And for those of you who noticed-yes, I did follow a post on rape culture, with one about children’s music. There’s just no making any sense of this thing.



MA Region of NaNoWriMo: The WriNoShores

Meet the Massachusetts North Shore Region of NaNoWriMo—The WriNoShores!


Led this year by Sara Leahy, our fearless ML (Municipal Liaison or local organizer) who is hard at work arranging write-ins, the Meet and Greet kick-off party, goodies bags for the first 25 who sign up to attend, the TGIO/Reading party, and a few pre-NaNo plotting sessions.

This year we have given ourselves an identity and mascot. The WriNoShores (Writers of the North Shore) area encompasses all of Essex County. You don’t actually need to live in Essex County to follow our boards, you can join any regions group on the forum, and attend whatever write-ins are convenient to you. You can belong to more than one region—so if you work in one and live in another, join both.


It’s NaNoWriMo Time!

November is fast approaching which means it is once again time to enter the writer hell heaven know as NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).

50 Thousand Words in 30 Days!

It doesn’t matter if you’re a complete newbie, or experienced scribe, same rules apply to all and the rules are simple. Write fifty thousand words of fiction in thirty days. That’s it. You can write in any genre, adult, or YA. No stopping to edit, write 1667 words a day and you too can be a NaNoWriMo winner!

I encourage you all to attend your region’s write-ins. Those are face-to-face meet-ups held in libraries, coffee shops, and bookstores where you get to know your fellow sufferers, what they’re writing, ask for help with your plot, and most important—write. It’s fast-paced, friendly, and surprisingly productive.

You can do it!

My username is lfavreau—feel free to add me as a buddy.