Any parent knows that making decisions about what a child can do isn’t something that is always easy. That is especially true during the preteen stage because children want to enjoy things that older children enjoy but they might not be able to yet. The difficulty to make those decisions is sometimes compounded when a child’s parents are divorced.
A recent case highlights just how different some parents’ parenting choices might be. While the case didn’t occur in Nebraska, parents here might find it interesting.
In December of 2013, a mother took her 11-year-old daughter to a Pink concert. The child’s father didn’t agree with that decision and opted to petition the family court in New Jersey to find that the mother had abused her right to make decisions for the child.
The judge presiding over the family law case didn’t agree with the father’s claim. The judge wrote a 37-page ruling that detailed his decision. In those 37 pages, he included information about the history of rock n’ roll and some facts about various artists.
The decision from the judge included a note that the daughter enjoyed time with her mother doing something that the child felt was important. He stated that the bonding experience was positive and that the positive aspect wasn’t affected by the “incidental curse words” or the artist’s suggestive themes at some points during the concert.
Prior to taking her daughter to the concert, the mother watched YouTube performances by Pink to determine if the concert was suitable for her child. The judge ultimately found that the mother didn’t subject her daughter to unreasonable risks of harm. He also noted that she didn’t compromise the girl’s welfare, safety or health.
Source: Rolling Stone, “Taking Child to Pink Concert Not Bad Parenting, Says Judge,” Daniel Kreps, April. 25, 2015