The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #90153   Message #1707982
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
31-Mar-06 - 11:14 PM
Thread Name: Child-safe Sea Chanties
Subject: RE: Child-safe Sea Chanties
we're not talking about Sex Education; we're talking about dirty songs.

Jeesh, I wouldn't want anyone singing the song I know that mentions the "dirty little cabin boy" to four-year-olds. Or five-year-olds either, for that matter.

The one missing the point was you, Guest,"me." We ARE talking about sex education, we're talking about a general understanding of life and humor and the stuff people talk and sing about and how it may or may not have anything to do with their own lives. And when children should be exposed to it. The kind of stuff going on in these songs is mature and not all of it is appropriate for all children. But some are so little they won't understand any of it, others are so young it will go right over their heads, and by the time they begin to get an idea of what the songs are about, it doesn't hurt to have an open dialog established with your children and let them understand what it is about or where you stand on the matter, if in fact you feel the need to take a stand of some sort.