**We received free tickets to the show from Juicy Juice in exchange for coverage of KidzBop Live**
I remember my first concert like it was yesterday.
I was in 9th grade, living in Germany, and my BFF and I begged our parents to let us go see Silk when they came to an on post performance.
Their popular track at the time was, Freak Me, and I knew all of the words.
Dude 3 just got to enjoy his very first concert earlier this fall.
There was no begging involved because, thankfully, all of the songs were appropriate and it was an entirely family-friendly way to spend an afternoon.
Thinking about taking your child to their first concert? Here are some things to keep in mind.
Taking Your Child to Their First Concert: 3 Must Do’s
I’m no prude (my favorite recording artist is Eminem if that gives you any indication of what my jams are like), but music lyrics of today can be quite eye opening when you are actually standing in a concert hall, surrounded by hundreds of fans singing the unedited versions of the songs at the top of their lungs. Do a little research on the artist your child is interested in seeing –read the real song lyrics, check out some of their venues and past appearance footage, and get to know what going to see the person live may be like. It’s one thing to bop along to Lose Yourself on the radio while driving to school, it’s a whole other thing to see Em perform it live, child in tow.
When KidzBop reached out to us to invite us to the concert, we thought it was the perfect opportunity for Dude 3 to experience his first concert in a safe, kid-friendly environment. The songs are basically the same ones he loves from the radio (edited, of course), and the other fans were parents and kids just like us. There was no foul language from other concert goers, drugs, or drunken behavior to worry about. As advertised, they had the best time ever!
Think about maturity.
Concerts can be overwhelming experiences for young people –they are crowded, unpredictable, and loud. If your child does not enjoy a lively, noisy environment where he may feel cramped then a concert is probably not something he is ready for.
We loved that the KidzBop concert was at a seated venue where everyone could enjoy the music from the comfort of their own space. It was totally cool to get up and dance along to the music, but you didn’t have to and you always had a seat to come back to when you got tired and hot.
Talk about safety.
Remember you are going to a crowded, bustling venue, probably in an area of the city that you and your child are not super familiar with. Like any experience where you could be separated, it’s a good idea to talk to your child about what he should do in the event that he can’t find you.
When you arrive, designate a meeting spot where he should return to if the two of you are separated. Also, point out the venue ticket takers and/or security guards and advise him to seek their assistance should something happen and he can’t locate you. Finally, make sure your child knows your cellphone number (or has it on his person somewhere) so he can call you if he gains access to a phone.
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