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.