Oh those glorious boy band songs. We loved this music when
we were (a little bit) younger. When we were overcome by young love and JC
Chasez in his leather pants. And even though we still love it now, it's usually
for different reasons.
Now, I'm not saying that you ever outgrow boy bands,
but perhaps the songs speak to us differently now. So how about doing something
completely random, on the verge of senseless, but fun and highly entertaining? How about
applying some of our favorite boy band songs to parenting? Come on, just give
it a go, just because.
Remember this song? I feel like we all wanted to love it,
but we all just really liked it. And apparently, we liked it enough because it
made it to 19 on the Billboard music charts in 2001. The video though, with the
group dancing in a neon-colored club and JT spinning on that cool spiral thing,
had me N' Drinking their ripped jeans Kool Aid. It was a song about defending
pop music and its staying power in the industry. But this song is also a
perfect soundtrack to your Third Trimester of pregnancy because yes, you feel
and look like you're about to … go for it, POP! Look, I've even rewritten the
lyrics so that you can really get on board.
Sometimes referred to as "the Dukes of R&B," All 4 One
was killin' it in the '90s. They had several hits, but none, in my opinion, as
smooth and tender as "I Swear." It was a
love song about pledging extreme commitment. Well, as parents, just by giving
birth we have made a solemn vow to love, care for and support our children, but
this song can also apply to another aspect of parenting: when you make mostly
false threats to your kids when you're pushed to the edge.
Try this out.
I Swear: Parenting SiblingsEdition
I swear (I swear) if you fart
On your brother one more time, say a prayer (He started it first. I don't care!)
And I'll tear (I'll tear) you a new one if you make him cry
Don't you dare (don't you dare) for your own damn good
Do not even try, or you won't play Minecraft 'til at least
next July, I swear.
Harry Styles and the gang reign supreme over the current boy
band land. This song, "Story of My Life" is a song about a lovesick boy who is
trying to hold onto something that is fading. But he'll do anything, sacrifice
everything for love. Well, we may not have that luscious teen idol Harry
Styles' hair, but we would and do indeed go the distance to make sure our
little rugrats are safe and warm and happy. And we aren't all teenybopper
bullshit. We mean it—we sacrifice everything—sleep, nice furniture, a bed to
ourselves, sleep, adult time, sleep …
Story of My Life: New MomEdition
The story of my life
In our crazy home
Daughter's up all night
From dusk 'til dawn
And everything is "Frozen" (the story of, the story of)
The story of my life
I get her milk
I tell her stories
Until I'm ill
The story of my life (the story of, the story of)
Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way"
"I Want It That Way" is arguably the most popular of all Backstreet Boy songs, but I was never clear if this song was about a long-distance
relationship or a lover's quarrel over how she likes her steak prepared. In any
case, it totally speaks to parenting and is reminiscent of
the demands of an impatient toddler.
Now back in the day this song by New Edition was the jam.
Ralph Tresvant was so into that girl with the pink bow in the mini skirt, his
friends were like slow down, Ralph, or you're gonna find yourself in love. The
parenting application of this has nothing to do with teenage love or that much
swag. Nope here it's about a mom on the edge instilling fear in her misbehaving
child. It's a much different edition.