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THE IMPORTANCE OF EXPOSING YOUR KIDS TO THE PERFORMING ARTS
Raising kids can be a challenging endeavor. When Heather and I married in 2013, she agreed to take on not only a husband but also two boys: Andrew, 12, and Chandler, 11. The boys are now 17 and 18 years old and face growing up in a world very different from the one Heather and I knew when we were teenagers. We are far from perfect parents, but we do our best. Our newsletter chronicles some of our successes and some of our less-than-stellar moments. We hope you can learn from some of our failures and find some entertainment in the moments we share.
Growing up, my mother made certain that we sat down for dinner every single evening. It did not matter whether we got home from the ball park at 10:30 p.m. or even later some evenings. We had a dinner as a family, no matter the circumstances. I have continued this tradition with my own children. However, our conversations are a little different. I would venture to guess that nearly half of all the talk at our dinner table focuses on the performing arts, namely the Bozeman High School Choir and Camp Equinox, a summer theater program. Over the past eight years, my boys, Andrew and Chandler,
have been in choir during the school year and involved in Camp Equinox during the summer. Through their involvement in the performing arts, I can say without hesitation that my boys have a much broader perspective of the world than I did as a teen. The performing arts have taken my boys across the country to a place I did not know existed when I was their age. This past spring, Andrew and Chandler were fortunate enough to perform in New York City’s Carnegie Hall. This trip was a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity made possible through the Bozeman High School Choir
program. However, going on a big trip to the Big Apple was not the only benefit of their involvement in the performing arts. With empathy, problem-solving skills, and increased confidence, my boys are better for their experience in the performing arts. If you have young children and are in the process of directing them into an activity to supplement school, I cannot overemphasize the importance of exposing them to the performing arts. You will see some pretty amazing results.
- Lucas Foust
406-587-3720 • 1www.lucasfoustlaw.com
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