Age Related

I wrote an article at Rocket City Mom today about how to spice up your First Day of School photos. You should check it out because I have some REALLY GENIUS ideas, if I do say so myself. ONE of the ideas, however, is to list your child’s favorite things that year ON the photo. Unfortunately, my daughter chose things not quite typical of her age. And while you and I know this is thanks to having a teenage brother, I didn’t feel like explaining that to the rest of the world.

She and I came up with a modified version for the website that involved less pop stars and CW shows and more age-appropriate options. We didn’t lie, we just were more selective for the Rocket City Mom article. But you? You get the original!


(While you’re over there, can you comment and say something like, OH MY GOD, Kim! YOU ARE THE SMARTEST PERSON IN THE WORLD! AND YOU’RE PRETTY AND FUNNY! AND ALSO – YOU HAVE GREAT HAIR! I’m a little nervous about the article and not sure if my ideas are as awesome as I think they are. Also, I cut my hair and I’m nervous it’s too short. So, you know, I could use some positive reinforcement today.)


It’s really hard to explain my daughter’s more teenage interests to people without teens around. I can’t really tell my son he can’t listen to his music if the kids are in the house. We do curb music with profanity, of course, but the rest of it? The kids hear. And I don’t really stress out about it. Should I? Some probably think, “Yes.” But, I guess I am just a bit too lazy and I enjoy pop music a bit too much. I mean, COME ON! Nikki and I sing “Born This Way” TOGETHER! You can not tell me that is not adorable! Except the part that involves me singing, my voice is anything BUT adorable.

And the obsession with CW shows? (Her second choice was The Vampire Diaries.) I could easily try to blame this on my teenage son, but this one is entirely my fault. It’s just kinda our thing. We have a few shows that we watch together. We chat about them and get excited about them and try to predict what’s going to happen. She shares my affinity for fantasy beasts and super-powered teenagers. WHAT CAN I SAY?

Do your children have any older tastes? Is it your fault or do you have a teenager you can blame it on too?

52 thoughts on “Age Related”

  1. My children (8 and 9 years-old) do not have an older teenage brother to blame it on and they totally have older taste. I try to blame it just on their personalities, but I really do think it is all my fault. They would rather listen to Celtic Women, Andrew Sisters, and Beethoven than the latest Disney star. They would rather watch Mythbusters, Star Trek, and Dual Survival over anything. My daughter loves sushi. I don’t think it is a bad thing. They are just being different and unique and I try to encourage that kind of behavior.

  2. Kim, you worry waaaaay too much about what other people think about you! You are such a great mom, stop it! My kids were always interested in “older” things too because I REFUSED to let them watch Barney, Teletubbies, Power Rangers, etc…My younger son watched the X-Files with me when he was little. He had X-File action figures. OUr last name is Mulvey and for the longest time he thought the characters name was Fox Mulvey. My kids grew up listening to The Doors, Led Zepplin and whatever else my husband and I enjoyed. We didn’t have all thee Disney stars to contend with back then .

  3. Ok, one of my almost 7 year old son’s favorite movies, which is not the most appropriate movie for his age due to some language, is Lords of Dogtown. And it’s completely my fault. I think he was maybe around 3 when he became fascinated with them. I had been watching the movie one afternoon while he was napping and he woke up, walked into the living room for a snuggle and he loved watching them skateboard. He was hooked.
    One of his favorite tv shows is Charmed, and that is because of me as well. He loves watching the witches.

  4. I wish I could blame a teen age child but I blame the ” im a young mom card” my oldest is 7and I am 26. I knowknow some We love watching glee together. And I like listening to katy perry and lady gaga and she sings right along with me. I do try to balance it out though by taking her to kid movies and watching disney channel with her but sometimes I like her being my Mimi me let’ me have hope that when she’s a teenager we will still have common ground. I see nothing wrong with it at all I think as long as it’d not to graphic material there’s nothing wrong with sharing interest with your kiddos πŸ™‚

  5. You ARE awesome!!!!! What great ideas and I really need to get myself together on the whole night before picture thing. We have no time on the actual 1st day of school for pictures since school starts at 7:30 and I am NOT a morning person!

    My 6 yr old also has a tendency to have older tastes. Nothing involving wizards or vampires though (too scary she says which is a bummer to me). But her favorite shows are Glee, America’s Next Top Model, Keeping up wih the Kardashians, and almost anything else on E!. One of her first movies in the theater was PROM this spring. She was the youngest girl in the theatre. She LOVES Lady Gaga and has watched her Monster Ball concert on HBO about 5 times which is WAY inappropriate for a 6 yr old (and her 3 yr old sister).

  6. I can see the Monster Ball concert on HBO? I MUST GO WATCH IT RIGHT NOW. Also? Nikki knows my favorite Gaga background dancer because he’s from SYTYCD, so she watches those terribly inappropriate performances too πŸ˜‰

  7. Jen – I used the “I’m a young Mom card” for E when he was little and I took him to concerts with me! It’s a good card to play. And Nikki LOVES Glee!

  8. Thanks, Lisa. It is my fatal flaw, I think, fretting too much about what others think. One day I’ll learn to stop πŸ˜‰

  9. My husband went to his first concert at 8 years old. It was Alice Cooper. He turned out all right πŸ˜‰

  10. Great idea. Also great for birthday or Christmas photos. I have listed favorite gifts.

  11. I think some of what is happening (in books, tv, and movies) is that the writers are being more inclusive of all age groups. When I was much younger, the “popular” music made my parents cringe, but soon enough, newer artists became tolerable and then enjoyable. Today, my daughter and the kids of her generation seem to like Katy Perry, Owl City, Bruno Mars, and Train just as much as my generation – and just as much as my moms’ generation. You didn’t get that as much when the trends were so obviously age-specific. We had Seseme Street – none of the over-eight-years-old set would admit to watching that. But I’ve heard plenty of teens and tweens argue over which Power Ranger is best, and there seem to be many adults of all ages who were not disappointed in any of the Shrek movies. I think it’s a great trend. Being able to watch, listen, or read something that I enjoy just as much as my daughter does – priceless!
    Love your BTS article. Words on photos? – so ridiculously simple, I can’t believe I missed six years of school photo oportunities, ugh! I’m doing it this year.
    Thanks for the tips, and of course your hair is amazing (as usual lol),

  12. I definitely have this same sort of situation. We also have it in reverse, where my 10- and 12-year-old children will say their favorites are things that are kind of….young for them. I DO fret a little about it, both ways!

  13. Long time reader/non-commenter. πŸ™‚ I just wanted to say I looked at your ideas, and I love them! That’s what I’ve been doing, too; the kids in front of the front door, backpack slung over their shoulder. πŸ™‚ I’m glad to have some different ideas. I pinned it to Pinterest. πŸ™‚

  14. Love it! My 6 year old son loves Kesha ( I am not sure I spelled that right) Tik Tok and his favorite show is America’s Got Talent. We also have a 17 year old brother in the house so we also do not do the Disney music in the car and such. He also loves a good Ozzy tune!!

  15. Thanks for these great ideas. I have the boring first day of school in front of the house. My son is going into 5th grade and I’m going to try out a couple of these ideas.

  16. Pop songs are just so freakin’ catchy! Also, it’s rather amusing to hear young kids’ “adjustments” to the lyrics πŸ˜‰

  17. My favorite movie in grade school was Die Hard (I was 8). Yes, the one with the tag line Yipee-Kai-Ay, MotherF—er. Yes, the one where people are shot, strangled, and thrown off buildings. I’m not sure what he was thinking but my dad took me. It created a life long love of action movies …. And Bruce Willis. I’m a normal, well-adjusted, successful person. I didn’t become a serial killer or a violent person or anything. I think you have to know your kid. Prone to nightmares? Repeats everything? Maybe it’s not for your kid. I had no problems.

  18. I can’t necessarily blame a teenager, since Harry is only 11 and his influence on us is still relatively minor. But I will say that Liam (5 years old) loves the Black Eyed Peas and Evie’s (3 years old) favorite song is “Edge of Glory”. Yeah, that’s all my influence right there, I’m afraid.

    This is a great idea. We took kindergarten pics YESTERDAY (gah!) and unfortunately I don’t think I got one that I could do something like this on. I might have to go look through them. Or take more pictures. Hmm.

  19. The article was great and served to remind me that I need to start thinking of these things. My oldest is only two but I tend to be bad about this kind of stuff so thanks for reminding me. Speaking of your hair, I seem to remember that you stopped washing it several years ago. Do you follow any rules so to speak? I just started reading up on the Curly Girl method and am quite intrigued.

  20. My child sings pop songs. Inappropriate ones at that. She’s not yet four. She LOVES teenie-poppy songs that I hate. She knows them because that’s what comes on in the car. I need to start remembering the iPod with Raffi songs. Seriously. When she sings S&M I want to melt into my seat. And then laugh. Though, I will say that nearly all my friends’ kids do the same thing. Whew.
    Her favorite shows (beyond the age appropriate but oh so annoying Dora, Strawberry Shortcake, and other such crap) are Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, and Friends (i know, old school). Why? Because we watch them together. And isn’t that so much better? Yes, yes it is. Nikki is just fine. πŸ™‚

  21. I realized after I wrote this that some people might think I am outing you as a person that doesn’t care about personal hygiene. Let me assure all of you that I am sure Zoot is a very clean person and it is perfectly normal for people with curly hair to not use shampoo. A good conditioner will do the same thing and not strip all of the good stuff that we need in our hair.

    And this is why I don’t comment on y blogs (just like Zoot). I just end up making a fool of me or someone else. I apologize

  22. Don’t Apologize! I’m proud of my grossness! πŸ˜‰

    I meant to reply to this yesterday but – well – IT WAS INSANE. So, Yes. I gave up shampoo in October 2003 and haven’t regretted it since. My hair is SO DRY it has NEVER EVER EVER been oily. EVER.

    The only time shampoo touches my hair is when I go to a salon and let them wash it which is, about twice a year. It just feels good, so I let them πŸ˜‰

    Every time I shower/bathe I condition the CRAP out of my hair. I use so much conditioner I Have to use cheaper stuff like Treseme or Dove. And my husband will vouch that, unless he sticks his face in my scalp right after a workout but before a shower, my hair never stinks. πŸ™‚

  23. She had a special on a couple of months ago. We DVR’d it and she watches is over and over. Not sure if it is still being played on HBO right now or not. We went to her Monster Ball tour in Feb. It was amazing!

  24. My newly 5 year old’s favorite show is the Simpsons and she’s been busting out situationally appropriate quotes since she was 3. And by “situationally appropriate” i mean “using the right quote in the right situation,” not “saying stuff that is appropriate for a small child to say.” Like when we went shopping for a birthday present for a friend at Target and she started singing, “Happy birthday Mr Smithers.” in a Marilyn voice. Oops. I love this pic idea!

  25. This is so cute! Thanks for letting me know I’m not the only who has a child with older tastes. My daughter is starting Kindergarten and loves Lady Gaga, Brittany Spears, etc…She watches iCarly, Shake it Up, but I do not have any older children. I guess I’m to blame for this but its kinda fun to have a little mini girlfriend. She also like Say Yes to the Dress, we watch and give thumbs up or down on each dress. Is that so bad?!? πŸ˜‰

  26. My two older brothers are 7 and 18 years older than I am. I listened to a lot of music when I was in grade school that was not age appropriate but I loved it, it helped me and my brothers have things in common and it gives me a wider taste of things now as an adult. So keep rockin’ out to whatever you want!

  27. When i was a kid i watched bewitch ,i love lucky, text, and the golden girls witch my mom hated.. we did watch Baywatch and ER (loved) i think kids will like what they like.

  28. Cute idea, but I did cringe a little at the mention of Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. I think it has a lot to do with what the kid’s mom and dad listen to. My kindergartner would probably say her faves are Skillet, Blindside and Hollowick, because her dad and I listen to hard rock and metal. At least with metal bands, if the lyrics are about a ménage à trois (like Perry’s), they’ll be screaming so you can’t understand them. haha

  29. My daughter knows every word to “Last Friday Night” by Katy Perry, “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO, “Mean” by Taylor Swift, and “Howling for You” by The Black Keys. There’s no one to “blame” except my husband and I, she’s 4 and the oldest. I LOVE that she is so into music and that her tastes go beyond the annoying kid stuff that she also listens to. I think it makes us MUCH better parents that we expose them to things like this (the edited version of good music? Not so bad!) instead of pretend they don’t exist. Our kids will be the coolest in their pre-K classes haha! Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about it. And know you aren’t alone. πŸ™‚

    PS Thank you SO SO SO much for this idea. I’m totally stealing it for my girls. The poor baby hardly has any pictures of her because, well, she’s the baby! The camera just doesn’t get enough use anymore. But this is a good way to get at least one really good, meaningful picture a year of each of them.

  30. Hi Kim,
    This is such a great idea! Do you know if there is a site that will allow me to upload the first day of kindergarten photo and then insert the various favorites? If not, how did you do it?
    Thanks a bunch – Amy

  31. How did you add the writing onto the photograph? I would love to do this, but I am not sure how to do this.

  32. Awesome idea! I am so relieved to see that my 5 year old isn’t the only child with older tastes. Her favorite song is Super Bass.

  33. I would love to do this….but how do I get the texts on the pic….? Has anyone figured this out? thanks for help!

  34. I am so excited to start this project this year. I am a little late starting because I just now found this on Pinterest. My girls are 6 and 7. Averilla is going into the 2nd grader and Isabella is going into the 1st grade. I can wait to do this.

  35. Love the picture idea!! Would you mind sharing what program you used to add the text to the picture? Was it hard because I am soooo not tech saavy

  36. I did it in Photoshop which does require you to be tech-savvy (and It’s expensive) – BUT – I think there’s a free version: GIMP that will let you put text on photos. I’m not sure how hard it is! I hope it’s easy! GOOD LUCK!

  37. How can I do this picture, writing on the picture… to do have a tutorial on this.. LOL i know this sound stupid lol

  38. Hi Kim,
    Was wondering how I go about putting the typed info on to the photograph? Did you do this on Shutterfly or a program out there? When I cut & paste a pic of my daughter on to a blank document and try to insert a text box it makes the picture go away…. Ugh! Was wondering if you could give me a few tips on how to create this…. Thanks!


  39. Heather. The only way I know how to do it is using PHOTOSHOP which is stupid-crazy expensive. However, GIMP is a free photo editing program (or at least it used to be) and here is a YouTube tutorial about adding text using GIMP. I hope it helps!

  40. I have no one to blame my 4 year old’s interests in but me and my hubby….She knows every word to most songs that are on the radio. Her two favorite songs are Good Time by Owl City and Down in a Hole by Alice in Chains, lol. She’s pretty stuck on disney Jr. but she will watch Big Bang Theory with me too. We are both addicted to FACE OFF on SyFy. I love this idea….it is so awesome and I think I’m going to have to do it for my little monster!!! Thank you for the idea!

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