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Parental Engagement – Music


Like many young people, when I entered my teenage years my tastes in music diverged from that of my parents as I began searching for sounds that resonated with my swirling thoughts and emotions.

Like many young people, when I entered my teenage years my tastes in music diverged from that of my parents...

My mom took the time to engage with me, not as critic of my current taste in musical form but as someone curious to learn. She would ask me what I liked and why I liked it. She would even sit and listen to the latest bands I had “discovered.”

Looking back I sometimes call into question my musical taste, but what I can’t call into question is the love my mom had for me. She made the effort to engage with me where I was regardless of what she happened to think about my music.

Oftentimes “parental engagement” is as simple and profound as taking a few minutes to talk to your kids about something they are interested in. Not because you happen to like what they like but because you like them. The action of taking a little time can speak volumes without saying a word.

Part three of a four part series on parental engagement.

Part 1 – Ben Carson: The Power of Parental Engagement
Part 2 – Parental Engagement: Research Says It’s Important
Part 3 – Parental Engagement – Music
Part 4 – 3 Tips for Parental Engagement




About Ethan Demme

Ethan Demme is the President and CEO of Demme Learning and is passionate about building lifelong learners. Ethan is an elected member of the board of supervisors in East Lampeter Township, PA. He has never backed down from a challenge, especially if it's outdoors, and is currently into climbing big mountains and other endurance sports. An active member of his local community, Ethan is a well-socialized homeschool graduate who holds a B.A. in Communication Arts from Bryan College.


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