Topping the list of places I wouldn’t take my kids while they are small: Rock concerts. Not only are they noisy and hard on kids’ hearing, I’d never be able to relax and enjoy myself if I had to watch out for my kids instead of watching the band.
But a British child care service thinks they’ve found a compromise. Boutique Babysitting is setting up two large childcare centers at two of Britain’s biggest music festivals — Latitude and The Big Chill. Parents can drop their kids off at the temporary center — complete with rubber mats, blankets, and pillows — while they head out and enjoy the music.
“Like every parent that’s ever taken their child to a festival, we know exactly what it is like: you love having your kids there but even the most dedicated parent needs a break sometimes,” Boutique Babysitting co-founder Lisa Merrick-Lawless told Reuters.
That quote begs the question: Exactly what about taking your child to a rock concert makes you a dedicated parent?
It’s kind of like the argument about babies and bars. Just because there’s child care at a festival — or just because you can your baby along when you go out for drinks — should you? If you’re just bringing babe along to sleep away in a temperature-controlled tent with a bunch of other babies, why not leave him home with a babysitter instead? You might not enjoy yourself as much, but I can guarantee your kid will.
My husband and I don’t get to as many concerts as we used to (see: kids), but we had lawn seats for a favorite band last summer. We sat behind a big group of college-age kids who spent the night smoking pot and getting naked-er as the night went on. Sure, I love to share my favorite music with my kids, but the night they spend with their grandparents seems far more age-appropriate.
What do you think — child care at music festivals filling a need? Or encouraging parents to tote their tots to inappropriate venues?