The kids ride along in their own little world, earphones on and DVD from the library playing, and I either listen to NPR or my iPod.
As soon as N. gets buckled in, she starts asking for "see-phones, please" (I'm still not sure if this is just a mispronunciation, or if she truly gets seeing and hearing confused).
Don't get me wrong, we are certainly not a "no TV" household. My kids are more than familiar with the Nick Jr. and PBS oeuvre. We've probably seen every On Demand children's show Time Warner has to offer at least twice, and my DVR is currently home to the every episode of Dinosaur Train. But the point is, they get enough screen time at home. Do they really need to watch more every time we get in the car? It's gotten to the point that they complain if we're going to be going somewhere in J's car, because that means no "show." Not to mention the potential future hearing loss from being constantly plugged in to wireless headphones.
I've been trying to break the habit a little at a time, turning off the DVDs sometimes so that it doesn't become such a given. N., especially does not like this turn of events. Not too long ago, she yelled the entire way to O's school, even after O. calmly told her "Mommy's not going to change her mind, so you should just stop crying."
I try to distract them with music, and therein lies my dilemma. I simply don't have a large selection of kid friendly music to offer them. We have Kindermusik CD's, which N. enjoys but O. could live without. There's always Raffi, but even though I love him, I can only handle so much before I'm humming "we're going to the zoo tomorrow" in my sleep.
I'd love to be one of those parents who has cultivated an interest in and love for music in my kids from an early age. I'm always amazed (and a little suspect) when I read about or hear other people talk about their kids liking certain new hip bands, or being really into classic rock.
I've mentioned before that my own iPod playlist is a little lacking. I used to consider myself relatively 'cool' on the music front. Went to decent concerts, had my own pet bands and distinct opinions about which albums of which artists were any good, all of that. My interests could have been described as "alternative/alt-country rock/singer/songwriter." However, I probably have not bought new music in over five years, and even before that, I was slow to adopt anything new, preferring to stay with old favorites. I think I've mentioned, I'm a little starved for intellectual stimulation, so when I have a choice between music or a podcast/audiobook, the tunes hardly ever win.
I'd hate to become one of those parents that becomes so hopelessly out of touch with what's going on in the music scene that I start complaining that my children's music is "too loud" or "just noise." I'd like to join in with them in discovering some new and interesting stuff.
I'd like to actually get what the fuss is all about on Yo Gabba Gabba, and why cool musicians seem to want to have guest appearances on it. Instead I just feel old and lame when it comes to music. So, I'm asking: What should the kids and I be listening to? What can I introduce them to that they will love to listen to in the car, and won't make my own ears bleed?