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5 Tips for Taking Your Kid to Their First Concert

You never forgot your first concert and your kid won't forget hers, either. Here's how to make that first live music show (well, one that doesn't involve puppets or balloons) memorable for all the right reasons:

Go Online. Concert videos and audience comments on the band's website and/or YouTube can give you an idea of whether their gigs are rowdy or inappropriate, says Paul Wertheimer, a Los Angeles-based concert-safety consultant.

Listen to the music with your tween to see if the songs are offensive, says Parenting contributor Bill Childs, who hosts the radio show "Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child" with his 10-year-old daughter, Ella, and 7-year-old son, Liam, in Northampton, MA. Even if the lyrics aren't G-rated, the songs can be teachable moments on issues kids will encounter later.

Choose your seats wisely. Once you've decided to take your child to a show, opt for assigned seats. They're safer than standing near the stage, where fans may be crowd-surfing or stage-diving. No assigned seats? Stay toward the back of the crowd, Wertheimer says.

Protect her ears. Just one overly loud concert may result in mild hearing damage, so pack earplugs. How do you know if you need them? If you have to yell, it's too loud.

Designate a meeting place. Don't count on hearing a cell phone ring if you happen to get separated (texting is a better option). Also, decide on a place to meet, write it down, and tuck it in your child's pocket, Wertheimer says.

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