In ONE week, Bubba went to two concerts. TWO. And I am okay. And you should let your kids go too.
Why It’s Absolutely Okay to Let Your Kids Go to Concerts
The bees are growing up. 2/3 can ride roller coasters alone and the other 1/3 can ride with us. The chains are loosening and while it is still slightly terrifying, it’s exhilarating. They are each stepping into a new phase of their lives. It may not always make me happy, but I have come to embrace it.
That is how the concerts have come into play. His first concert was Joe Bonamassa. Who is Joe Bonamassa? “ONE OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN BLUES ROCK. BONAMASSA HAS SIXTEEN #1 BILLBOARD BLUES ALBUMS … AND COUNTING.
Almost every album Joe has produced instantly rockets to the #1 spot. His last studio record was even on Billboard’s Top 10 album chart, proving that a Blues album could debut next to the biggest names in popular music.”
This man toured with B.B. King when he was 12. Twelve! I am bummed I didn’t go to the concert but he was invited by one of his friends from Tae Kwon Do. They had tickets for the pit. THE PIT. Let’s just say Bubba has the best friends around. Bubba had no idea who Joe Bonamassa was but now he can recognize his songs on the radio.
So why should you let your kids go to concerts?
1. MEMORIES. Everyone always remembers their first concert as well as all their favorites. My first concert was Hootie & the Blowfish with Edwin McCain. The next concert was Tim McGraw with Faith Hill (when she used to open for him and they weren’t dating). My all time favorite concert was REO Speedwagon.
2. INDEPENDENCE. Kids need to know that you trust them and they thrive on being independent. I sent Bubba with friends to a concert. What was going through my mind? Car accidents, people trampling on him, and him even getting lost. Then I realized that those things can happen anytime. Plus he is a 1st degree Black Belt in TKD. Giving them some freedom helps them grow and actually strengthens the bond between parent and child.
3. TRUST. I mentioned it before, but when you can build trust and a bond between you and your kids, do so. I have a feeling that the kids and I will be good friends when we get older and it makes me happy. Even though we were together for the Styx concert, I still let him venture away from me to do things without his mom (like buy refreshments or use the men’s restroom). I also wasn’t too worried about him with the amount of fire and police department personnel present. Plus, he was 1 of 3 kids there and the other 2 came with him (and they are all in TKD together).
One day I won’t be able to “control” the situations and it will freak me out. So until then, I am easing up on them and allowing them their own freedom and space (in some increments). How do you give your kids space or freedom? What was your first concert?