Blues Fest and Cat Shows….. How to Raise Brave Party Kids

I have a theory.  If you take your kids to weird places, odd and unusual events, likegGraffiti parties, Cat Shows, crawdad cookoffs and music festivals  they will be better equipped to handle all sorts of bizarre and strange situations in life.  They will become more flexible and well behaved. If  you take kids to different types of  events,  different cultures won’t make them freak out or cause them to melt down. I know so many kids who go into  spoiled-kid-anaphylactic-shock when they have to deal with something unfamiliar. They point, stare and whine, they get picky, rude, grouchy and insulant. 

Start hauling them around when they are just two or three so by the time they are seven they will be fun and well behaved and you can take them anywhere. They will learn to suck crawdad tails, eat crepes, smelly cheese and home made rootbeer.

Tonight, I took Sandor and Lex to the Blues Fest downtown.  Sandor didn’t know if he really wanted to go, but I said get in the car.  He didn’t know what to expect (he went to the jazz and blues fest last year but 9 year old boys forget everything). I didn’t let him bring an I-Pod or game because I wanted him to actually pay attention to the Blues Fest, I wanted him to listen to the music, watch the musicians, eat the yucky fried food and watch old hippies dance with bluesy abandon. 

Since the kids were toddlers I’ve been dragging them to Amish quilt festivals, zydeco concerts, art galleries, documentary festivals, black history celebrations, cheese making parties, donkey basket ball games,  farmers markets, poetry slams, football games and rock concerts. I do it because it’s fun and I think it’s good for them. As a result they usually know how to handle all kinds of situations. When we go out they don’t whine too much, they relax and have fun. As soon as the band started the first big blues song Lex and Sandor were up on the floor dancing together. Sandor even did his moonwalk.

So please, don’t make the mistake of keeping your kids at home just because they don’t think they want to go to the Topiary Festival or Polo Game. You’re the parent, tell them to get in the car and give it a try.  Be brave, take them to stuff, weird stuff and relax. If it doesn’t work out….you can always leave. And try again next weekend.


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2 Responses to “Blues Fest and Cat Shows….. How to Raise Brave Party Kids”

  1. September 1st, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Kae says:

    I agree! My son Ash is 7 now, and I try to take him to as many of the Low Key Arts events as I can and expose him to weird foods. He loves sushi and Greek stuff! I’m also going to take him to Harvest Fest in October for some bluegrass and to enjoy the fun, family festival. That will be a new experience for all of us. 🙂 I honestly wish my parents had taken me to more stuff growing up. It helps you really expand as a person! We’ll be at Blues Fest tonight, by the way. <3

  2. September 10th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Spa City Rager says:

    Yonder Mountain Harvest Festival is a BLAST!!! We go every year…just make sure if you bring kids, camp in the family camping area (which is away from the action). That way when the young ones are ready to crash, the party will not keep them awake. It is horrible when you see young children out and about looking like EXHAUSTED SLEEPWALKING ZOMBIES at 3am because their irresponsible parents want to party. The festival is a lot of fun and is very family friendly during the day, but it gets very WEIRD (in a awesome way) when the sun goes down!!!

    Get ready for BANJOS, BEATS, and LAZERS!!! This aint your pappy’s bluegrass!!!