The Power of Rock

I have found new inspiration for education. The other night I was in my kitchen with the radio unfortunately being drowned out by two tired girls whining (the sentence most uttered started with “I want…”). Just in the moment I was about to walk out of the kitchen to give myself a timeout (I do this quite regularly — I think I give myself more time-outs than my kids) came out of the radio the sagest words I have heard in a long time aimed straight at my girls: “You can’t always get what you want, but you can try, and you may find, you get what you need”. Genius! I could not have said it better myself. Who knew that Mick Jagger could be better parental inspiration than Gina Ford?

Then I started investigating — the world of pop and rock is full of pearls of wisdom completely applicable to small children: “You say it best when you say nothing at all” (Ronan Keating), “It’s not right, but it’s okay, you’re going to make it anyway” (Whitney Houston). I am not saying my theory is foolproof — “Baby hit me one more time” has no educational value whatsoever…

– Emilie


Comments (9)

January 5, 2011

Em- you write the most clever posts! Miss you girl. I bought the fleece leggings….heavenly! xxx

Courtney in London
January 5, 2011

When we last visited Esther in Amsterdam, we spent a whole night ‘rocking out’ to Whitney Houston! I think Easton had love at first ‘sound’ when he hear her sing “I Will Always Love You”. He asked me if she was real, and if she really sang that song. Cute.

Esther in Amsterdam
January 5, 2011

LOL, I remember that, so cute. Pim also has a huge crush on Whitney, or, as he calls it, ‘the BibiGuard’. x

January 5, 2011

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January 6, 2011

I am slightly horrified that I am also quoting Ronan Keating in a public forum but I often draw strength from “life is a rollercoaster, just gotta ride it”.

You’d never guess it, but I used to be vaguely cool. How thing’s have changed.

January 6, 2011

drowning in work here and this post actually made me laugh out loud. thanks.

January 6, 2011

HA HA HA. This is the funniest post. I love it!!
Thank you, Emilie!

January 6, 2011

BTW I need to add a disclaimer: I do not, on a regulare basis, listen to Whitney and Ronan Keating! I love the fact that Pim and Easton have a crush on Whitney Houston. The 80’s are really back!

January 7, 2011

Wonderful advice! Next time I need a time-out (also great advice!) I’ll just switch the radio on…

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