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The Grammy Awards was broadcast last weekend. Did you watch with your children and share in their excitement when their favorite artists won? Did you pop in and out with a puzzled look on your face not quite knowing what was going on? You wanted to participate, but you were unsure since it’s not your type of music. You may have become discouraged due to not knowing the songs or the artists, but this can be easily remedied.

The first step is to stop using the phrase “my kid’s music”. If you qualify it, you are setting it as an outside thing. Music is music-- it has the ability to be timeless.

Take the opportunity when your child wants to listen to a music station that you don’t normally listen to, instead of refusing, give it a try.

At first, you might think you can’t understand the singer since the voice is drowned out by the heavy instruments and techno sounds. Take a listen to the song Royals, sung by Lorde, winner of Best Pop Solo performance. You can’t help but take notice and listen intently to her clear and distinctive voice.

You may think that this new generation of music has lyrics that you can’t relate to—the more you try to decipher them,the more you feel out of touch. However, there are songs that have strong and empowering messages, like Grammy nominees Katy Perry's "Roar" and Sara Bareilles’ “Brave”.

You might not give rap music a chance if you've made up your mind that that entire genre promotes violence, crime and mistreatment of women. However, take the song by Grammy winners for Best New Artist Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: Same Love speaks of tolerance and acceptance.

By you giving in a little to listen to your teenager’s favorite tunes may end up in a reciprocation—they may even take a liking to some of your favorites!

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