A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while "Ronan" doesn't include profanity or references to sex, substances, or violence, it covers heavy emotional ground: the death of a 3-year-old from cancer. Parents of younger kids should be sure to listen to the song themselves before deciding whether it's appropriate for their children.
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What's the story?
"RONAN" is a gut-wrenching single by Taylor Swift about a 3-year-old boy who dies of neuroblastoma -- a devastating cancer that typically strikes children. Told from the perspective of Ronan's mother, the track was written by Swift and performed at the 2012 Stand Up to Cancer telethon. Swift is donating all proceeds from sales of the track to fight cancer.
Is it any good?
It's hard to criticize a song that was written to publicize and raise funds for such an important cause. While Swift's vocals are generally not at their best in ballads like this, the track is still a lovely tribute to the many parents who have lost children to this devastating disease.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about when people you love pass away, especially unexpectedly. What can you do to cope?
Why do you think Swift, who is known for her songs about love and relationships, chose to shift gears and sing about such a heavy theme?
Do you think Taylor Swift did a good job of representing what Ronan's mother went through in losing her son? Why or why not?