Monday Teeny Poll | Teeny Manolo

Monday Teeny Poll

By Glinda


A full 63% of you felt that a doll that simulates breastfeeding from pasties strapped to a young girl’s chest was not exactly the best idea. 26% were behind the idea of a doll that promotes breastfeeding, but just couldn’t work up the support for the particular doll that is on the market.

I think I’m also behind the concept as well, since every baby doll out there is fed from a “bottle” and that isn’t necessarily a true reflection of how babies are fed. If I wasn’t so tired, I might try to come up with a better execution of the idea, but I am really tired, so we’ll just have to leave it to the marketing geniuses at Mattel or Fisher-Price or wherever.

Today, I was thinking about a blog post I read somewhere not too long ago that described taking a 5 year old to a Jonas Brothers concert. Which prompted all sorts of reactions in me, but which I won’t say here just yet.

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8 Responses to “Monday Teeny Poll”

  1. gemdiva Says:

    I think it depends on the type of concert. I think live music promotes a sense of community that needs to be nurtured in children of all ages. I am a huge fan and advocate for music of all kinds, so it’s difficult to say what is “too young”. If it’s a live performance of a Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta or the Nutcracker, then I think as soon as their attention span is able to absorb a full performance is fine. However, as far as rock concerts or “age appropriate acts” like the Jonas Brothers, the big question for me is would the noise level potentially damage their hearing. I think younger children would be more vulnerable to this, but this is just a guess on my part as I am no doctor and haven’t read anything on the subject in years. I do believe that appropriate parental or adult supervision should be mandatory for children under 18.

  2. KESW Says:

    I was taken to special family friendly Saturday morning concerts at our local symphony orchestra from the age of 7, I think? I really really enjoyed it, and I think I got a lot out of it (an enduring love and appreciation for classical music, I minored in music in college). I also went to a kiddy concert at a local church around that age as well. HOWEVER, when you’re talking about a rock concert, possibly with minimal seating and screaming and jumping around and massive amounts of people, I think that kids under high school age should really NOT be going to those. Too much noise, too many people, and too many ways to get lost or seperated from mom and dad or for something to just go wrong.

  3. Pencils Says:

    My first concert was The Who at Shea Stadium in 1982 when I was fifteen. The Clash opened. I’ve seen The Who a bunch of times since then, but that was the only time I got to see the original Clash, so it was a very special show. Anyway, I think there’s a big diff between taking a kid to see the Jonas Bros or Miley Cyrus, and taking them to the kind of show where people are smoking pot in the audience. Like my first concert! I remember I was very impressed by the huge roll-off containers filled with confiscated bottles of booze that you could see from the upper decks. And younger kids shouldn’t be at shows where there might be mosh pits, just for their safety. Are there mosh pits at shows anymore? (shows you how often I go to concerts anymore…)

  4. Glinda Says:

    I should have been more specific, I meant to have the concert be an “arena” type of rock concert, or country, or just something where people are getting rowdy and they sell beer.

    I attended my first rock concert at the old age of sixteen. It was a Sting concert in Los Angeles, and man, the smell of marijuana was overwhelming.

    I had BEGGED my parents to go, and I think the only reason I got to was because I was the youngest and they were starting to loosen up a bit. I don’t think my sister, five years older, would have gotten the same approval. Not that she didn’t deserve to go, they were just way more uptight with her.

  5. dgm Says:

    If you’re talking that kind of concert, then I think the kid needs to at least be in high school. However, perhaps if they were younger they’d be better supervised. I attended my first “real” concert–The Eagles on their Hotel California tour–when I was 13. My friend’s older brother drove a bunch of us in his van. Let me just say that MY kid will not be allowed to do that at that age!

  6. qc Says:

    I was 13 when I went to my first “real” concert. Bon Jovi with Skid Row opening.

  7. raincoaster Says:

    You’re assuming a Jonas Brothers show is a “real” concert? It’s really just Raffi for 12-year-olds. I took my sister to a Shawn Cassidy show when I was 12 and she was 10 and there was a lot of screaming and zero weed, even though it was up in Canuckistan where the stuff grows on…well, the boulevards!

    If it were, say, a Gwar show, or Kid Rock, or Kanye West, that’d be a different story.

  8. bitter Says:

    Um….what’s a real concert? I brought my 2yo to a Wiggles concert, am I BAD MOMMY?

    But, for tween performers (Hannah Montana or the Jonas Brothers) I’d say 10. adult (anyone you’d listen to) U’d say 13.

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