Taking Kids to Live Shows

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As a generation of moms, we are more "plugged in" than ever before. Everyone around us, including our children, is attached to something digital--a computer, a video game, an HDTV, a cell phone. President-elect Barack Obama might even partially owe his victory to the power of digital communication. But this all begs the question, what about real communication? You know, person to person, the old school way.


My sons, 4 1/2 and 3, are hopelessly addicted to all things Lion King. In my house, it's as if the original movie just came out. I say no to Lion King DVD watching requests about four nights a week--they're drones when it comes to sitting in front of that video. But I have an idea for a great holiday present. The Lion King on Broadway, now that would be different. When I think about it, it's the live puppet shows and the clowns at birthday parties that are the only things that trump my sons' TV/DVD addiction. They light up at any kind of live performance. I realize that it's because stimulating, live interaction still has a place in all of our hearts. It gives us something that a digital world, no matter what the benefits, could never.

So if you can this holiday, stuff some tickets to a live show in their stockings. Local playwrights and actors will love you! The kids will too!

When was the last time you took your kids to see something live--a play, a show, an exhibit? How memorable was that?

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