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Shall We Talk About The Lewd Songs We Play At Children’s Party?



By Concerned Mother

I am not sure if I am just being sensitive about this, but taking my children to birthday parties has become really hard for me in recent times.

Party planners play all sorts of songs that children shouldn’t be encouraged to sing, and children are encouraged to twist and wind in the most suggestive ways possible with other children and adults at the party hailing the child that can “dig it” the most.

I once saw a seven year old boy dancing to the “Chop Banana” song at a party, he was holding his crotch and moving his body like he was thrusting!

I censor what my kids listen to at home, because kids pick up slangs and negative ideas from some of these songs, but I can’t censor what other parents play at their children’s party and I don’t want to deny my kids of going to their friends’ party. I have discussed this with some of my friends who are worried about it too but no one seems to know what to do about it.

I keep wondering is it so hard to find kid friendly songs to play at these parties or are we just being too complacent to care about the negative things these songs can do to our children.

I will really like to hear what other mothers have to say about this.

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    another concerned mum

    February 27, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Honestly, u r a mind reader. My baby will be a year old this year and it has been a lot of concern which DJ will be hired. During her christening, i almost had a row with d DJ when he was playing some kind of unacceptable music after the event despite my warnings that we are born again christians. I’m trying to work on getting my own songs in a flash and playing with my home theatre because during our wedding the DJ still went ahead to play ‘his’ songs despite the collection I gave him. It is well in this 21st century. God help us.


    debby baro

    March 1, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I think every right-thinking parent would be worried by the kinds of adult songs played at children’s parties. For goodness sake, such parents who allow such ‘bad’ songs in their children’s parties should think again. All the moral vices and otherwise that pose threats to society in diverse ways start from these kinds of loss of values. The change we desire begins with each parent, and it must be now! Thanks Concerned parent.



    March 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    it is really worrying i just tweeted about this, being surprised about the number of nigerian “inappropriate” songs young children know nowadays. I recently was stunned about the number of songs my kids know (considering there is a huge censoring going on at home) turns out they are learning all these songs from the nanny’s playlist on their phones! Parties are another source of constant hearing and dancing to these inappropriate songs.


    Temitope Ilori

    May 24, 2013 at 11:17 am

    it is about time parents spoke up about the ‘inappropriate songs’ air at school parties, naming ceremonies, birthday parties et al. At this tender age, whatever our children listen to goes a long way to affect their psych then their vocabulary.


    Opeyemi O.

    September 13, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    This is a very important.They say what you take in is what you give out. I’m not yet a mum but I keep wondering why we have neglected the kid friendly songs for circular songs at kiddies parties. Seriously are the kids entertained? They must feel that’s the right thing. It’s a smart idea to raise issues like this at PTA meetings in schools.

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