The Plugged In Show, Episode 39: When Pop Stars Outgrow Our Kids

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Taylor Swift is back with a new album, Folklore. On it, she reflects on her life and some of her painful experiences. One member of our Plugged In team said that these songs sound as if she sat down with a bottle of wine and an acoustic guitar and simply recorded what happened next.

Some of Taylor’s insights on this album hint at a growing maturity. Sometimes, though, this is a mature album in ways that might be frustrating to parents—especially her use of some surprisingly harsh profanities and the breezy way she recounts some sexual experiences.

Taylor’s journey from an innocent teen country star to becoming a world-weary adult pop artist is one we’ve seen plenty of other performers take. Young stars often begin with a kind of wide-eyed innocence. Soon they’re tagged as role models. And then, eventually, most of them say and do things that parents of adoring young fans wish they didn’t say and do. Taylor’s firmly in that category now.

So how do we deal with that reality? This week, we’re talking about that topic on Episode 39 of The Plugged In Show: “When Pop Stars Outgrow Our Kids.”  Take a listen, take a minute to subscribe, and be sure and let us know what you think by leaving a review wherever you listen to your podcasts.

And if you’re interested in other Focus on the Family conversations, we’d encourage you to check out our Parenting Podcast, too. This week, John Fuller and Danny Huerta offer encouragement to parents struggling with prodigal children.


Adam R. Holz

After serving as an associate editor at NavPress’ Discipleship Journal and consulting editor for Current Thoughts and Trends, Adam now oversees the editing and publishing of Plugged In’s reviews as the site’s director. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. In their free time, the Holzes enjoy playing games, a variety of musical instruments, swimming and … watching movies.

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