You Make Me Feel Like I’m Living a Parent’s Worst Nightmare

The other day I was shopping at a Barnes and Noble Bookstore.  Over in the Music/DVD section I was purchasing the Howard’s End DVD.  As the sale rang up I could hear the high-pitched sound of a young girl’s voice singing behind me. I turned and saw a pre-teen sitting at a music display.  She was wearing headphones and singing quite loudly, oblivious to the people around her.

 My first thought was “I remember doing that. How neat.” But my quickly heart sank when I realized that she was singing the words to Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream:

“Let’s go all the way tonight,

No regrets, just love,

We can dance until we die,

You and I we’ll be young forever.”…


‘We drove to Cali and got drunk on the beach

Got a motel and made a fort out of sheets

I finally found you, my missing puzzle piece

I’m complete…


I’ma get your heart racing in my skin tight jeans

Be your teenage dream tonight

Let you put your hands on me in my skin tight jeans

Be your teenage dream tonight..


You make me feel like I’m living a teenage dream

The way you turn me on, I can’t sleep…

 How does this situation make you feel? Are you outraged or would you just laugh it off?

Have you seen the music video? Do you realize that young children are watching Glee and hearing these words?

 I won’t display the Katy Perry music video.  Here is Darren Criss (Blaine) along with “The Dalton Academy Warblers” singing  all of “Teenage Dream” in Season 2, Episode 6 of Glee titled “Never Been Kissed”.

 The TV program Glee is a type of peer pressure inviting our kids to emulate what is presented each week is it not?  Children want to be in sync with their peers. It is very troubling to see the gift of human sexuality being talked about so cavalierly. I see it portrayed as an extension of the Disney ‘fluff fantasy” characterization of childhood and not as a sacred endowment from a holy God.

 Kids have enough to deal with without the constant barrage of sexual promiscuity and depravity that is promoted by the media.  Letting your child come in contact with this type of overreaching influence is comparable to sexual abuse of a minor. 

 Where are this girl’s parents? Maybe they are in the café drinking coffee, hoping to stave off the night of the teenage dream.

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