A few weeks ago I told my mother that she had inspired me to stay connected with my kids through music. When I was a teen, my siblings and I called her “MTV Mom” because she watched and knew what was in, out, and when to be rightfully appalled. My friends thought she was cool, and she was… in a church-going-mom kind of way. After teasing her about her MTV Mom era, she laughed and asked, “Do you know who I like now? That Bruno Mars. He wears a belt at his waist and wow can he dance.” Love it.
And dance Bruno Mars did. Our entire family enjoyed his channeling of James Brown and his ability to mix and mingle different styles into 13 minutes. The last time our entire family agreed on and enjoyed a Super Bowl halftime was six years ago. It was a rainy vacation in San Diego and we were celebrating my son Ian’s 9th birthday. Huddled in our hotel room, we watched Tom Petty perform effortlessly and flawlessly. This gave my husband, Dave, and I a chance to share Petty with our kids in the present, instead of him being a relic of our past. This lead to Dave taking our oldest three to see him perform live. I Won’t Back Down has become a sort of family anthem when times are tough.
One of the biggest challenges a family faces is finding common ground. Men and women, girls and boys, adults and children, extroverts and introverts, athletes and artists, and so on, tend to find themselves engaged in different rooms or playing on different fields. To enjoy the same thing at the same time is exponentially wonderful and music has provided this for our family throughout generations.
Which activities and interests provide your family with common ground? Thanks always for visiting ❤
Hoping my kids don’t start calling me YouTube Mom 🙂 ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc