How to be Metal and a Parent, Too

Hellbound.ca has recently started a new column which discusses the challenges of being a metal fan and a parent at the same time.  Here’s a sample of Full Metal Parenting:

A lot of metal fans will tell you that the genre has taken them on journeys to dark, unexpected, and wholly beautiful places, leading them to question nature, reality, and the meaning of existence. Well, welcome to parenthood! It’s pretty much the same, and often twice as loud. Parenting is livin’ after midnight by default at lot of the time, and two die-hard metal fans and parents, Craig Hayes and Matt Hinch, are here with Full Metal Parenting — a series devoted to sharing tales from parenthood’s trenches, with lessons torn straight from metal’s scriptures.No matter how honest and open-minded you are as a parent, talking to your kids about sex can be simultaneously flustering, hilarious, and bewildering — kind of like trying to remain a Megadeth fan these days.

Just this week I had to have one of those awkward and altogether cliched father/son conversations with my nine-year-old, where he was extremely surprised to discover that the computer keeps track of exactly what he’s been looking at online.

Continue reading.  And there’s more here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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