Folky Cowgirl

We try to expose Eva to many different events. Last weekend we took her to see a free kids concert given by Ellis Paul. This week we went to the Newport Folk Festival and saw Jimmy Buffett perform. Eva likes music very much, she even taps to the beat once in a while. She loves dancing with Momma and Dada too.

Taking a child to a large outdoor event like this can be a challenge, especially with one so young. Here are a few pros for taking your child to the event.

1.) They are exposed to some place different.
2.) They can people watch.
3.) They learn to be flexible, changing up the routine is a good thing.
4.) You get some cute as hell photos.
5.) You get out of the house.

Some cons for taking the child with you.

1.) You can’t always stay as long.
2.) Diaper changes don’t happen unless your favorite song is playing.
3.) You can’t plan for everything.
4.) They could be perfectly fine on the drive over but scream during the whole event.
5.) You can’t party like you used to.

I had a hard time coming up with cons because for the most part they are more selfish reasons than anything. They cons don’t really apply to us anyway as Eva is a really relaxed kid. I did learn a few things when we went however.

1.) Make sure that there are enough things to keep your kid occupied. Don’t count on the music to keep them entertained the whole time.
2.) Double check your diaper supplies (there is nothing like walking a mile back to the car for 1 diaper)
3.) This is a given but… Watch them constantly, Eva tried to eat the grass.
4.) Don’t forget the camera.

I truly believe that because we take Eva with us all over she’s going to be a pretty adaptable kid. There is a need for structure but it shouldn’t be totally inflexible either. Changing things up from time to time is a good thing.

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  1. Karen says:

    Eva is adorable! I’m glad you had a good outing. I agree taking kids places is important. A good friend takes her boys to restaurants frequently and they have developed good restaurant habits — whereas, we eat at home nearly all the time and so I’ll wait until they are older, maybe 10, for that! Take care!

    Karen’s last blog post..Chicken Soup with Rice – a book of months

  2. BenSpark says:

    Karen,
    We take Eva to restaurants all the time too. She has a special chair that we strap to a real chair and she sits there at the table with us and we feed her at the restaurant. She acts pretty good while we are there too.

  3. Jennifer says:

    That is awesome that she was a baby parrothead :-) She is so cute!!

    Jennifer’s last blog post..Make A Wish Wednesday

  4. BenSpark says:

    Thanks Jennifer,
    She really liked being around the people and hearing the music.

  5. Tiffany says:

    I love that you guys are exposing Eva to so many different types of things and that she can be so laid back with you. My parents took me everywhere when I was a kid and I just learned to behave and enjoy myself. They brought entertainment with me and helped me stay entertained when I needed it…but there was no running around like some kids I’ve seen these days.

    Eva is a doll. And I really enjoyed your blog :)

    Tiffany

    Tiffany’s last blog post..For the cat owners – someone out there understands

  6. BenSpark says:

    Thanks Tiffany,
    That is the plan, if we expose her to tons of things she will be able to relax in all situations. And I agree with the comment about parents letting their kids run all over the place. We are working hard so that Eva is not like that. Glad you liked the blog.

  7. wise move getting the kids into JB at an early age. My sister just started bringing her kids to his concerts and they can now say that he was their first concert, just like I can (in 1979, I think. 30 year celebration next summer).

    Shame for my kids, I live in France and James doesn’t make it here for concerts.

    Richard McLaughlin’s last blog post..One Month of Entrecard Drops

  8. BenSpark says:

    Richard,
    A 30 year celebration that is fantastic. They had better make it to a concert next year, it would be a shame not to. JB is just a great time, fun, loose and enjoyable. I am looking forward to the next one.

    That is tough about France. Too bad, gotta do a vacation or something to get over here to see him.

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