Is your child a Korean pop (K-pop) fanatic? Korean culture has been influencing the younger generations, from food to clothing and music to language. Certainly, you have heard your child singing, listening, and dancing to songs you cannot comprehend. But you know it's all for fun, so here's how you, too, can ride the K-pop craze to feel more connected to your daughter.
How to connect with your child who loves K-pop
1. Embrace their unique choices
Your child’s choice of music might be a bit different from yours as a mom but being a supportive parent at heart while being present and involved is surely gratifying for them. Aside from that, acknowledging their interests can be a way for you to discover their hidden talents. K-pop fans usually know by heart the lyrics to songs of their favorite Korean groups (even if they don't always understand). With that, encourage them to have confidence in sharing those talents not only at home but to places where they can grow and shine!
2. Listen and avoid negative comments
Listen to them without any judgment. Avoid giving comments that might hurt their feelings such as “You don’t even understand their language!” or “That’s just a waste of time, do they even know you?” Instead, find positive things to say that might let them know how much you care about the things they like.
3. Get to know their idols
Lastly, one best way to show your support is to find a way to get to know their idols. You can start by learning some terms that would help you understand them easily. So, here are some basic words that they use:
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Fandom – this is the term they use to recognize the fans of a certain group (X1 fans are called One it, BTS fans are called Army, and Blackpink fans are called Blinks)
Bias – your child’s favorite member of the group
Comeback – when a K-pop group releases their new music
Noticing and paying attention to your kids’ interest will mean a lot to them. Still it wouldn't hurt to occasionally remind them to control their emotions, and learn how to balance and prioritize important things first.