It’s a trend I’ve noticed a lot of over the past few years, GenX parents taking extreme pride in the way they have indoctrinated their children with their pop culture proclivities. I see it a lot with dads and Star Wars, but more so with moms, dads, and music.
GenX is really pumped about their offspring having the exact same musical taste they do. I guess they really do want Mini-Mes walking around in their shadow. Or at least this is how it seems according to what I glean from social media. It puzzles the hell out of me. Why? Why would you do this to your kids?
Is this something all parents do regardless of generation and I just happened to have parents who gave zero shit about music and movies and TV? Is it like a class thing? Being lower-middle class often dancing with poverty meant there just wasn’t the time or inclination to care about such frivolity?
Growing up I often begged my parents to tell me about what they liked as kids. I quizzed my mom incessantly about The Beatles and Elvis, neither of which she particularly care for. She was Glen Campbell kind of woman, at least for a little while.
I don’t remember any of my friends having parents who foisted music or movies on them either, but maybe we lived in some weird pocket of pop cultural wasteland. It was Blaine, after all.
Yet all the time I see parents of my generation bragging all over social media about how much their children love the exact same bands they do. I wonder what the point is. Are they hoping someone will congratulate them on their exquisite taste while simultaneously awarding them parent of the year for passing on that exquisite taste in the exact same thing to their children?
Maybe if I’m not being such a jaded cynic, it’s just as simple as sharing something you love with your child. I can dig that, but often the bragging seems to be very band specific, which just makes me think there is some sort of braggery agenda going on that I don’t quite understand. Maybe it’s a quest to be hippest parent with the kid deemed “coolest” because that kid is just like you? Or because the kid likes the same stuff your friends do?
Really, please explain this. I don’t get it.
It’s easy to judge, considering I have no children. However, I have a niece and nephews and it is fun as hell to learn what they love and have discovered all on their own, especially as they get older and grow out from under their GenX parents’ taste. It’s also fun to challenge them on what they like and hearing them explain why.
I dunno. It weirds me out that it seems so many of my contemporaries are keen on raising teeny little parrots who spout back the exact same ideas they have without any sort of critical thinking. Or at lest bragging about how much their kids taste matches their own. Stop it, weirdos.