By S. Standish, February 13th 2017
We love music at our house and enjoy watching nights celebrating this art. As a parent, teacher and entrepreneur there were a lot of key points made during the Grammy’s that would be great positive starting points to discuss with kids.
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- Mothers are awesome! They don’t all wear crowns and rhinestone-encrusted dresses (maybe they should), but a mother (father/guardian too) help get us to where we would like to be, by giving us guidelines and being role models. Beyonce’s speech was engaging and also reflected the importance of this:As she explained, “It’s important to me to show images to my children that reflect their beauty, so they can group up in a world where they look in the mirror — first through their own families, as well as the news, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the White House and the Grammys — and see themselves and have no doubt that they’re beautiful, intelligent and capable.”
“This is something I want for every child of every race,” she finished, “and I feel it’s vital that we learn from the past and recognize our tendencies to repeat our mistakes.”
- Diversity gives us great things. Where would we be without unique perspectives, cool backgrounds and different cultural perspectives? Life would be pretty boring if everyone was the same and ideas/beliefs were oppressed!
- Humble is having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance (Google). It was very cool to hear how many of the artists has aspirations and worked hard to be in the successful position they are in. During some of the speeches, hearing about how appreciative they were to various people in their lives was inspiring. Adele was very humble about winning album of the year and showed immense admiration of fellow artist, Beyonce. Teaching our children, sometimes we win unintentionally, and we must always acknowledge those that also did just as good, or better job with grace and appreciation.
- ANYONE from ANYWHERE can do ANYTHING!! What a lovely statement to make! Thank you @TwentyOnePilots!!! Making sure that our kids and ourselves are reminded of this frequently is important. Maybe not encouraging our kids to take off their pants in public would be a good learning point as well!
- It is okay to make mistakes! Swearing was something we might omit mentioning to our children, but to see someone admitting to flaws and restarting putting 110% into a redo is a good life lesson. The old adage “The Show Must Go On!” works here as well. There are going to be lots of bumps in life and we must learn coping mechanisms to deal with those bumps and move on to a positive path.
- Free Speech is vital to any society to help navigate issues that cause harm to others. Using the proper forum to express opinions positively, is a great place to continue or start a discussion in our homes about topics that are all over public media.
- Appearances are deceiving. This is good life lesson for all ages. What you see is just the tip of the Iceberg, it’s what lies underneath that is important. We as a society see celebrities as untouchable ice people, who don’t have emotion when it comes to being judged. It was great of James Corden to self-deprecate himself with negative public opinion, multiple technical issues and still go on with the show. Emotion is a raw and beautiful characteristic of humanity. Going outside of your comfort zone makes you a stronger person, kids should understand that.
- Hard work perseveres. I think when we see artists perform on their own and sound magnificent, it is a good life lessons for our kids. There were multiple example’s of this during the broadcast, but Ed Sheeran’s performance of “Shape of You” was amazing. My oldest wanna-be rock star was enthralled with the idea of not needing a band to be a superstar. Now I have to start researching the contraptions that were used last night!
- Competition is a good thing, and recognizing the talents of your competitors makes you better. I believe that being globally recognized for your talents is winning in itself. Teaching your child that in real life not everyone comes home with a trophy, and that shouldn’t upset you or cause you to give up in any facets of life. If you do come home with the trophy, make sure that you understand that you will not always have the trophy and being the best is a fickle designation.
- You have to be the most confident in yourself. Coming into your own greatness takes a lot of work; blood, sweat and tears. Seeing role models not only from the realm of music helps enforce the ideal of this. Be proud of your accomplishments, but don’t just celebrate the big successes. Teach kids that every personal best should be celebrated and recognized, even if it’s not on a stage in front of millions.