As a parent, it's always wonderful watching your kids grow and experience new things. There is so much pleasure in sharing something you love with someone you love - especially for the first time.
I've loved introducing N. and O. to many favorite things of mine - ice cream, Harry Potter, the ocean. Some loves you can share fairly early - jello, Bugs Bunny, cards (as long as it's Go Fish), The Little House books.
Other loves take a while to truly appreciate. We spent many years watching Dora the Explorer with them - the only thing we all truly enjoyed was the Justice League.
As they grow, you can gradually explore new and more complex things - N. and I have just finished watching the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series and are just starting Glee (lots of wonderful parent / growing person conversations to be had!).
Music-wise we always tried to avoid the kid-centric vapid music. Their special playlists included the Beatles, Dusty Springfield, Monty Python and Aretha Franklin. The only kid-centric stuff they had was the wonderful Philadelphia Chicken by the Boynton Crew (with performances by Meryl Streep, Patti Lupone, Scott Bakula).
But car trips have often been a challenge. K. and I love to listen to NPR when we drive - so many wonderful stories and things to learn. But the kids haven't been quite ready for that - luckily there are iPods!
But this past weekend on our road trip - we tried out a few podcasts and audiobooks. They're not quite ready for David Sedaris, but This American Life was a huge hit!
It is joyous to be able to share this with them! And this is just the beginning - soon to come - Terry Gross, Science Fridays, All Things Considered . . .