We all have our own favorite kinds of music and favorite bands, right? As parents, it is very rare that our tastes line up with our kids’. In fact, your children might be listening to music that you’ve never even heard of before!
A lack of awareness shouldn’t lead to you not allowing your family to experience the amazing atmosphere of a concert. Think about your first time seeing a band play on stage. It was most likely a one of a kind event. Sharing that as a family is going to be something that you and your kids will remember for the rest of your lives. Even if that band isn’t everybody’s favorite, it can still be an awesome experience.
Part of creating a great family experience at your next concert is choosing the right group to go see. There are a lot of groups that are incredibly family friendly that you might not think about. Other groups are geared toward a mature audience and even many teenagers should probably not be in attendance. If you are unsure about the content of a group’s music, check out reviews online. Thanks to the internet, it is easier than ever to find out what kind of things musicians say and do on stage. If the band that you’re thinking of seeing doesn’t line up with what you’re looking for, it’s better to know this ahead of time, rather than after the fact. This way, you can prevent a lot of worrying on your end by knowing what to expect ahead of time.
There are certain things that most of us will agree on when it comes to what our kids should not be exposed to at a concert. Finding a band that promotes a positive image to our kids is important. That can rule out bands and performers that have a lot of obscene lyrics or discuss subjects that we don’t need our kids to hear about. A lot of this will be dependent upon the age of your kids.
Of course, we can’t prevent every bad thing from happening to our kids. At a certain age, it’s not even realistic to try and shield them from the world. However, as parents it is our duty to do what we can to help our kids. If this means not allowing them to see a band that you deem is too offensive or inappropriate, this might be one of the tough choices that you need to make as a parent.
Finally, don’t be afraid to take your personal tastes into account. If you hate country music, then taking your family to a concert in this genre will not be a pleasant experience for you. If you’re more of a rock fan, there’s no harm in taking this into consideration when picking a show. After all, as a family gathering, you want to ensure that you and other adults will have a good time while you’re there, too.
But just because many bands are inappropriate for a teen or pre-teen to see does not mean that there are not a lot of great bands to take your family to. If you’re still left unsure after reading online reviews, listen to the music yourself. Download a few songs or albums, ask other parents if they’ve heard the group, and make an informed decision for yourself.
As parents we each have our own set of rules for what is and what is not allowable as far as language and appropriate behavior goes. Ultimately, it will be your decision what concert setting is best for your family. Hopefully, with our guidance and that of others, we can help get you pointed in the right direction so that you and your family have the best time possible at your next concert.
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