Yesterday I pirated Keira and Madigan away from school for a special treat. They were completely surprised and had no idea where we were going when I piled them into the car. I took them to see the wildly over-rated and over-priced one week special engagement of HANNAH MONTANA AND MILEY CYRUS BEST OF BOTH WORLDS CONCERT IN 3-D (insert ear-splitting screams). When they realized what we were doing you would have thought I had popped them into a time machine and pulled the car up to the Liverpool Empire in November of 1964. Then I would have been screaming and jumping in the air with them. Instead we entered our local theater and WATCHED A MOVIE OF A CONCERT!
I had to take them to this particular screening because all of the evening screenings around here ARE SOLD OUT!
My girls love Hannah Montana, but they only get to watch the show about once a week and we have no dvds or cds of her music. None-the-less my 7 and 9 year olds knew every word of every song. They swooned and goggled the Jonas Brothers like teen-agers and I was feeling very old until Madigan got sleepy and climbed into my lap for the second half of the show.
When we left, my girls thanked me and told me I was the best mom in the entire universe (which is exactly why I took them). They asked if they could laminate their ticket stubs. Keira announced that she was definitely going to become a rock star right away. We had a long talk about the Danny Bonaduce/Britney Spears Disease, but Keira went straight home and started practicing on her guitar just the same.
Some parents think Hannah Montana is a negative roll model for girls. I think that comes from fear and insecurity. How is she any different from Shirley Temple in 1945? I think the problems arise when such figures become the only role models young girls have. I make sure I temper my girls’ Hannah Montana adoration by exposing them often to teens like her and young women like them.
All in a day’s work!