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Teaching Your Kids About Music

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Teaching Your Kids about Music
Our next episode in the DAD & FINN ADVENTURES series, is about music.

My parents have been in the radio industry since I was a child, I worked for a musician for three years and I’ve been playing music my whole life. Music is super important. It’s the heartbeat of everything I do.

Needless to say, I get a little snooty about what music my son listens to and sometimes I opt out of the saccharine baby/toddler stuff.


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21 Comments

21 Responses to “Teaching Your Kids About Music”

  1. Excellent video. It’s so well done and most importantly, the message is bang on.

  2. Thorsten says:

    Normally, love your content… but: Isn’t four commercials in a row a bit much?

    • charlie says:

      Hey Thorsten, sorry you feel that way. I decided to post these for a couple of reasons. First, it’s my bad because our content calendar got really screwed up. I’m trying to fit too much in at the same time. Second, we’re trying to generate some income to make up for the fact that we spend over 40 hours a week doing this. But lastly, we believe in the messages of these branded posts. They aren’t commercials in that they’re not about selling as much as they are a form of storytelling. These are topics I have an would have talked about anyway. Having a company pay me to talk about them is the ultimate scenario because its helping us so we can continue to write and design and film out stuff. Make sense?

  3. JeninCanada says:

    Glad you guys are gettin’ paid! We’re exposing Gabe to a lot of different kinds of music too, and we opted out of ‘baby’ music too. Kids don’t need everything ‘just for them’, right?

  4. HazelBroadway says:

    Well, that IS the Ultimate Goal, right? To get paid doing what we LOVE. To make our “hobbies” our professions somehow instead of just a daydream while we plug away and burn out doing something we can only tolerate. Good for you!

    • charlie says:

      Thanks! I can’t tell you the amount of time we put into this site. And our goal for work with outside sites and companies to always do something that resonates with our sense of humor and parenting. Hopefully, people are cool with that. Otherwise, to do it all… we’d have to charge SOMEONE.

      You know… because our kids gotta eat.

  5. Matthew says:

    The one thing I want my step-son to pick up is a love for all types of music except Justin Bieber and rap.

  6. Jen says:

    Oh my god you are totally exploiting your son….. said from the stage mom.

    These are awesome. I love them. Probably no crew. Just you and Finn with maybe one other person. Beyond great.

  7. Will says:

    I’ve found that “Gin and Juice” and “Baby Got Back” sung in lilting, dulcet tones make very effective lullabies.

  8. craig says:

    Lol, not matter what you do, they will get to middle school and like some bad music for a few years… my kids went to the darkside (pop/rap) for a few years…before waking up and coming back to good stuff (alt rock).

    Though I am thankful neither has come home saying ‘hey, dad have you heard this dubstep stuff, its awesome’.

  9. Kami says:

    OMG, this is freaking adorable!!

  10. Gavin says:

    Very funny. I never know what is considered Alternative anymore, I think it went back to being called Rock. And lets be honest, I always find myself coveting the new Kia Optima

  11. Laurie says:

    I like the commercials! I find them adorable and entertaining! You totally should get paid! You have a kick ass blog that must be a full time job to run!

  12. Dave L says:

    Loved the video! Indoctrinating our kids is one of the great things about having them. I can’t wait to get my son into Spiderman and rocking out to Morphine.

  13. Dawn Marie says:

    Baha! I just found these videos and this one is the best!
    When my toddler was an infant he was flipping out and my husband turned on an Iron Maiden concert and the kid just shut right up!
    Now as a 3yr old he loves to rock! and it’s just the cutest thing to hear him sing “I whiskey bent and hell bound” as he bangs his head and throws up his thumb, first finger and pinky in the air.
    we should all teach our children to make correct music choices. it is our duty as parents

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