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post #21 of 82

I just stopped listening to it regularly. I normally listen morning and evening as I'm driving the kids around. I don't have an issue listening with my kids in the car, but I do turn it off when thee are other kids that aren't mine. Same with my music since we tend to listen to the Top 20 station. shy.gif DD2 is a huge music fan and she complains/whines nonstop when I have NPR on, she wants her music. I'm missing it so she is going to have to learn how to wait here soon. I'm younger then many listeners but I've always loved the news. I remember reading the paper daily by age 10. 

post #22 of 82
I listened to it lot when Rain was little, although sometimes we did books on tape, especially with other kids in the car when she was youngish., and sometimes we listened to music. I remember turning the channel once or twice when she was disturbed by a story, but mostly we just talked about stuff. She's pretty hooked now - she just got her own radio show on her college's student radio station and dreams of interning on WAMU next year, and eventually for This American Life in NYC.... smile.gif
post #23 of 82

We frequently listen to it ... mostly because my DD likes to read in the car and can not focus with music on. 

post #24 of 82
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Originally Posted by Dar View Post

I listened to it lot when Rain was little, although sometimes we did books on tape, especially with other kids in the car when she was youngish., and sometimes we listened to music. I remember turning the channel once or twice when she was disturbed by a story, but mostly we just talked about stuff. She's pretty hooked now - she just got her own radio show on her college's student radio station and dreams of interning on WAMU next year, and eventually for This American Life in NYC.... smile.gif


That's so cool!  I wish I was that This American Life guy.  What a fun job that would be!  My ex-step-MIL (dh's dad's ex, lol) does bits for Marketplace.  I heard a story of hers the other day  --  something about an energy bar company in kenya doing something for hunger relief  -- and it was like having her in the car with us, very odd.  And I was so jealous!

 

I'm happy to hear I'm not the only one who's kids listen.  I don't think I'd be okay with them seeing/hearing just any old news, but I trust NPR, even if the topic is dicey.  I haven't seen TV news in years, but I have a feeling that would be over the top.  Anyhow, I think I'll continue to turn the station when kids from school are in the car.  Even if other parents are okay with it in the abstract, they might feel like they'd want to know if their kid heard something outside of their comfort zone.  

 

I'm gonna have to go check out RadioLab online.  I don't think we get that in san diego.

post #25 of 82

I must be odd b/c NPR bores me - I need good music, or funny radio talk shows while I'm driving or cleaning.  Really, I listen to my ipod or Pandora more than local radio stations.  I don't fit the demographic, though, so there ya go.

 

However, my mom always listened to NPR when I was a kid, and I would say that it was fine to hear what they had to say, just that it was boring to me, then, too.  :o  So, I definitely wouldn't say having it on with kids around is going to leave them more rounded or mean they will enjoy listening to it then or later on as an adult.  But depending on what is being discussed, it's probably fine - either it will be interesting or it will go over their head, I'm thinking.  If a kid complains, though, I'd say put on some music or something of their choice, just b/c it seems unfair to force them to listen to something they don't want to for the short periods of time they are stuck in the car.  Maybe it's just me, but I have plenty of opportunity to listen to what I want at home or in the car when my kids aren't around (but they are also all in school full-time, so I get that it's different when they are all little). 

post #26 of 82

I love NPR and have listened to it almost exclusively in the car since I was about 20! 

 

DD refers to it as "mommy music" and pretty quickly insists I turn on some kid music-- generally an album on the IPOD.  I'm pretty compliant in this regard as I enjoy the kid music and like singing along with her. 

 

I am very strict with DD's exposure to violence and she's a sensitive kid and feels tends to get scared about anything involving death.  She has NEVER seen tv news or anything on broadcast tv.  That said, we talk about political and social issues (like homelessness recently, for example) and talk about why it's important to know about what's happening, to care about what's happening and to take action.  These political and social issues generally come up from some book we are reading. 

 

I think she tunes NPR out.  It takes attention and energy to focus on the material being presented.

post #27 of 82
I absolutely adore NPR and listened to it faithfully even when the kids were small. I pop back on a CD, though, if they are talking war, torture or the Middle East. But basic news, book reviews, environmental stuff? Bring it on!
post #28 of 82
No kids here, yet, but I do listen to NPR, usually as background noise at work. I see no reason that kids of any age shouldn't listen to NPR...as another poster mentioned, they are not seeing images like they would be on TV. Anything not age appropriate will most likely slip right over their heads, and once they are asking questions about topics, they're old enough to get answers on them. A large part of my feelings on this come down to the fact that I was a very smart but very sheltered child...I knew about things that were happening but couldn't ever get explanations about them. I don't intend on raising my children that way.

Also, most music you could be listening to instead is just gross...at least NPR is educational.
post #29 of 82
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That's so cool!  I wish I was that This American Life guy. .


I ♥ Ira Glass. He is at the top of my list for people to marry if DH wasnt in the picture smile.gif
post #30 of 82

My three year old has NPR on in his bedroom nearly 24/7.  They play classical music at night, and the radio doesn't get shut off.  He will lay on his bed and listen to A Prairie Home Companion and Car Talk.  He comes and tells me the weather report for the day.  He's heard somethings I'm sure he "shouldn't" but I don't keep my kids in a bubble.  Life is out there, it isn't always pleasant, and there are much healthier ways to deal with that than pretending it doesn't exist, IMO.  I understand why some parents do it, it's just not how I want to parent.

post #31 of 82


I listen to a lot of NPR, and have so for my kids' entire lives.  I do switch to music (or turn the radio off) when I have other kids in the car, and when a story is particularly graphic. Or if we get bored.  Sixteen year old dd doesn't whine about NPR being boring, but she does sometimes ask (beg, really) to put music on. 

 

Edited to add, I'm 43 y.o. For what it's worth I drive a VW Passat wagon.  lol.gif


Edited by journeymom - 10/5/11 at 1:57pm
post #32 of 82
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I just stopped listening to it regularly. I normally listen morning and evening as I'm driving the kids around. I don't have an issue listening with my kids in the car, but I do turn it off when thee are other kids that aren't mine. Same with my music since we tend to listen to the Top 20 station. shy.gif DD2 is a huge music fan and she complains/whines nonstop when I have NPR on, she wants her music. I'm missing it so she is going to have to learn how to wait here soon. I'm younger then many listeners but I've always loved the news. I remember reading the paper daily by age 10. 



Hah!  I notice that since NPR had its 40th anniversary, the beg-a-thons feature 20-something year old avid listeners who sheepishly admit that, yes, they grew up hearing NPR in the car, and were one of those kids who begged their parents to please turn NPR off, it's so boring, pleaaassee put the music on, but now they love NPR and listen all the time. I think NPR is probably pretty happy about that trend.

post #33 of 82

I treat it like anything else -- by listening to stuff I think is appropriate for my kids, and switching to something else if stuff comes on that I think they're not ready for. So yeah, we listen to some NPR in the car -- Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, Car Talk, etc. are fine for kids, IMO, and I wouldn't change the channel if we had other kids in the car. Many episodes of Fresh Air are fine, but some aren't. I mostly download NPR stuff as podcasts and listen to it when I go for walks, so it's not much of an issue in the car, but I don't shy away from that station when kids are in the car. 

post #34 of 82

We love Car Talk, A Prairie Home Companion, Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, This American Life, and RadioLab!  We do mute the news headlines though. DS is only 4 and is definitely sensitive to that kind of information.

post #35 of 82

I used to be addicted to NPR.  I started listening when I was a teenager and am 35 now.  I listened from early am to late night most days.  When I worked from home I listened all day.  But after ds was born two years ago I decided to filter what I listen to around him.  Babies and young children are in a sensitive period of learning and I want to keep war, murders, and other upsetting news at bay until he is old enough handle it.   I do not know when that will be, but I'm sure it will be apparent when the time is right.  My son listens very carefully to everything and right now he asks "what's that woman/man saying" when I listen or he says "no don't like it" so I generally don't listen to it around him.  I have turned on Prairie Home Companion a few times and he has tolerated it somewhat.  I miss my shows and the routine of listen and knowing that when a certain show ended that I would be doing xxx at that time.  Now we listen to lots of music, but really things are much more quiet around our house and it is rather nice to have some peace.  We always have music on in the car though.  We don't listen to radio for music generally, once in a while the college radio station, or on the rare occasion that we are in the car during an NPR music show, otherwise it's children's music and I am happy with that for now.  Planning to branch out a bit more in the music arena for ds though.  I think as he becomes older we will listen to NPR more for the educational aspects as well as the entertainment.  DH still gets to listen to NPR on his commute.

post #36 of 82

i notice a lot of shows you guys are mentioning are sunday shows. 

 

we are rarely home on sundays and not listening to the radio for sure.

 

dd's fav. is ira flataw (sp?) of science friday.

 

she doesnt really enjoy any of the shows you mentioned - neither car talk, american life or even prairiie home companion. she is a jeapordy fan but not a question answer show on NPR. i guess that's one of the reasons why we have no radio on sunday. i enjoy car talk and she enjoys some portions of it - but not all.

 

what was funny was when she was sensitive that's when we hardly listened to npr. but as she grew older she started paying attention to the content. there have been many poignant shows that really catches dd's fancy. one of our favourite that we stayed in the car for an hour at a grocery store to listen to was an interview with the author of a serious of unfortunate events. 

 

she also followed the case of a muslim american family during the 9/11 time and was really saddened by it. or the piece on how loud our environment is. 

 

one of our favourite things to do this summer was to get our dinners and the radio and go perch on the roof of the house and eat and listen to the radio there. there is a poetry hour at our local college hour. listening to a book on tape is harder for us without a car. its really hard to concentrate. 

 

 

 

 

post #37 of 82
Thread Starter 

Oh wow!  Milo would love to hear that Lemony Snicket interview.  I think he only has one more book to go in the serious and it has been one of our favorites.  

 

Dinner and NPR on the roof sounds really nice.  :)

post #38 of 82

Just wanted to chime in here with a note that many posters say they figure their children will tell them if something on the news upsets them, or if they don't like what they hear. That they will ask questions. That's probably true for people in this forum, who are fostering an atmosphere of open communication with their children. However, I don't think it's necessarily true that children will ask about what they fear. I certainly didn't. I first heard about nuclear weapons on the news when I was about 8, during the Cold War. I was far too terrified to ask questions or talk about it at all and was deeply traumatized. Mind you, this was long before Internet and what not; so 8 is probably actually pretty old by current standards. Because of my experiences, though, I did shield dd a lot from this kind of stuff until recently; mostly until I felt as sure as I could be that she WOULD come to me if she heard something that upset her and we'd been able to have lots of practice and talks about how she can tell me anything. Not sure what my point is, just wanted to put that out there. I listen to CBC and the local university radio station all the time. And there are newspapers everywhere for DD to read. I guess the "age of innocence" is pretty much over here, if there ever was one...

post #39 of 82

According to the NPR demographics link posted up-thread, "The public radio audience is set apart by its high degree of educational and professional attainment." See, I didn't know this. My family is kinda poor at the moment. Now I wonder if it's even ok for us to listen to NPR in good conscience?

 

 

post #40 of 82
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Originally Posted by hildare View Posti don't filter/censor, i think kids tend to tune out stuff they don't understand. 

 

 

 

That hasn't been the case with our kid, which shows that there's a really wide range. [Also, some kids are mullers-over, and will stew on a confusing or frightening piece of news in silence.] Our kid, we have found out the hard way, hears *everything.* Sol yes, we listen to NPR, but the volume goes down ASAP when a war, murder, or other violent story comes on.
 

 

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