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The week before Christmas, I received a call from our insurance company informing me that my car had officially been deemed totaled from the accident I was in before Thanksgiving. It was news I didn’t really want to hear because a totaled car meant getting a newer one, and mostly likely a car payment along with it. My car had problems and we knew we needed to start looking for a larger family car in the near future -- I just wasn’t ready for that future to come so soon.

When I cleaned out my old car, I forgot all about the CD G insisted we listen to every time we were in the car. He called it his “ABC music.” I called it torture. It was actually a CD that came with the Fisher Price Love to Play Puppy he received on his first Christmas. This CD played nearly every song the Laugh and Learn toys play. I hated it, but it kept G calm and entertained during car rides (he doesn’t like being still for too long.)

I wasn’t the least bit upset when I realized I didn’t bother checking the CD player before telling my insurance company they could have my car. (Well, okay, I wasn’t upset once I confirmed that my CDs were accounted for.)

Surprisingly, G wasn’t too fazed either, but I think that’s because Christmas was around the corner and he learned to enjoy listening to the radio station that was playing Christmas music 24/7 at the time. By the time Christmas was over, we were enjoying our winter break, mostly at home. Then we bought a new car.

I love our new car, and even more I love that I’m getting to try SiriusXM for three months. I’ve listened to a few stations, but the one that gets used the most is Kids Place Live.

I’ve been happy with a mix of older songs (like the ones I remember from Sesame Street or The Muppet Show) and newer ones sung by people and bands that aren’t showcased on PBS Kids or Sprout (the two networks we watch most).

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We won’t be continuing our Sirius subscription when the trial is over and I can already tell I will miss this station. In the meantime, I’m using it to my advantage to keep a list of songs to add to a playlist I have on my phone with kid-appropriate songs for the boys to listen to – ones that I don’t mind getting stuck in my head.

If you’re looking for songs to add to your kid-friendly playlist, here are a few I’ve added to mine:

Steven Tyler: I love Trash

Joel Henriques: Lightspeed (for the Star Wars Fan)

Steve Goodie: Harry Sings His Tragedy (for the Harry Potter fan.)

Michael Buble: Spider-Man Theme

Vanilla Ice: Ninja Rap

Annette Funichello: Pineapple Princess (a true oldie)

Jonathan Coulton: The Princess Who Saved Herself

… and if you aren’t grossed out by bodily functions:

Randy Kaplan: Everybody Farts

Randy Kaplan: Follow Your Nose

What children’s songs have you enjoyed listening to with (or without) your kids?

 

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About Emma

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Emma is married to her high school sweetheart and is a stay at home mom of two boys: G and L. A wanna-be professional writer and photographer, she can often be found following her boys around with a camera. When she isn’t chasing after her kids, Emma writes about her motherhood journey on her personal blog, Muddy Boots and Diamonds.

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