How to talk to your child about concert day being different this year

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It’s no secret that Covid has changed many aspects of our lives this year!

Some dancers might feel a little sad that concert day doesn’t have the same build up as previous years. They might be disappointed about not having costumes and an audience. It’s important that they have the opportunity to voice this to you and that you validate their feelings – it’s ok to be a little sad that things are not the same as normal.

It’s also an important time to be a leader within our own home. You too might be feeling some sadness about concert not being the same. But our dancers won’t benefit from complaining about the situation. Rather, they will look to you to understand why it is the way it is (restrictions are there to keep us safe, not to rebel against). Ensure that, while recognising that it’s ok to be sad, it’s also important to be excited about being in the big theatre, having sound and lights, and dancing in front of our friends.

Some ideas on ways to make the day feel more ‘special’ are below!

Getting ready
Many kids love the ‘getting ready’ part of the concert! The smell of hairspray and wearing lipstick gets them excited, so you can make more of this special time together. Try setting out a ‘makeup table’ with all the cosmetics ahead of time so it looks really special when your child sits down, and treat the time like a pampering session with your dancer.

Make a date of it
Although you can’t attend the concert, you can make other special plans before or after the show. Maybe they get a special dinner at home that night or slushie afterwards. Whatever it is, plan it in advance so they know this is their day.

Plan a movie night
If your child is sad that you won’t see them live on stage, plan a movie night! Once you have a copy of the video, plan a family screening with popcorn to make them really feel special. They might even want to get up and dance along.

So, while kids might be disappointed about the concert this year, remind them that they’ll still get a concert experience and that you can’t wait to watch it all on video together.

Miss Kaitlin
Kaitlin Hague is the Director of Bayside Dance, holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Dance) and a Master of Arts. She is a passionate dance educator, journalist, adjudicator and choreographer. When she’s not dancing she’s enjoying the beautiful Bayside lifestyle and spending time with her two dogs, daughter and husband.

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