A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "22" is largely what you'd expect from a Taylor Swift song: no profanity or explicit references to things like sex and substance use. Though the song talks about hanging out until the wee hours and includes one mild line about throwing caution to the wind ("You look like bad news, I gotta have you"), it's still a generally fun, positive pick for all of Swift's young tween and teens fans.
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Is it any good?
Taylor Swift's got a musical formula, by gosh, and she's sticking to it in this song. Following right in line with her many singles that came before, this track revolves around a simple yet extremely catchy hook and Swift's sweet while not overly strong vocals. It's hardly an original approach for her at this point, but it will undoubtedly appeal to the legions of fans who just can't get enough of her music.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Taylor Swift can balance being a young adult with all of the responsibilities that come with being a major recording artist and role model. How does she stay grounded?
What can Swift do to ensure that she's able to enjoy her youth while moving forward with the very grown-up responsibilities of her professional career?
Name some other role models who have done a good job of transitioning from child star to entertainment mogul.
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