Raising Musical Children - Please Send Earplugs

Last week, I looked down at my beeping phone to see a photo of my son holding a guitar. Not Keith's guitar as I had first assumed, but a different guitar, a new guitar .... his own guitar.
 
I can't even describe the noise that escaped from my mouth at that moment; because I'd had two very painful thoughts.

Children need to play musical instruments
 
Firstly have you heard what a five stringed, un-tuned acoustic guitar sounds like in the hands of an untrained four year old? 
 
Secondly I suspected (correctly as it turned out) that I might end up having to throw myself between a swinging guitar and a little sister in moments of extreme tiredness and frustration.
 
In some ways I can’t really blame him: There’s nothing more annoying when you are busy creating interpretive music than having to bat away your little sister’s persistent hands.
 
But then as I pointed out to Alfie, using his guitar as a weapon was only going to hurt him because I don’t care how good Japanese build quality is, I’ll bet the farm that it’s no match for my daughter.
 
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How do other parents get through that difficult musical learning curve? Is there a technique to smiling through the pain as your fillings hit resonant frequency?

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Mum, activist and parenting junkie. Passionate about empowering women and living a good life with my family. http://www.maybediaries.com/

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