I have never denied how busy I am or how many more hours I would like in a day.
Spouse, children, day job, writing, family…I never feel like I have enough time for everything.
When time management books tell me to cut back on my television time…I can’t tell you the last thing I watched for me. Yes, I have watched Nailed It with the kids, and I have seen waaay more than my fair share of Octonauts. But other than that, I have not watched TV or movies for myself in ages.
And now I consider whether or not I should take a more active role in my girls’ love of dance. I will never be a “dance mom”, and I will never see dance as more than an enjoyable way for them to move their bodies and get some exercise. We live in a really cold state. It’s an indoor sport. Seems like a good fit.
And they love it.
My youngest daughter was running around the house pretending to be Link from Legend of Zelda wielding her sword and shield and taking on “bad guys”.
Why, yes, she does have gamer parents. Why do you ask?
When it was time to go to her dance recital, she was singing the theme song to Dino Trucks as we got her dressed in her beautiful purple sparkly dance dress kind of like this one.
I love the variety little girls have to choose from today!
She was so excited to be going to her dance recital, and she couldn’t wait to show us “her moves”. My little one, who is normally not a fan of the spotlight, got up on stage in front of a sold-out theater and did her best.
My oldest daughter overcame stage fright so she could dance.
Not sure I am allowed to admit this, but I am amazed how graceful and coordinated she is on stage! If you saw her off stage…
We are also blessed that we found a dance studio that truly is inclusive. The girls range in size from almost six feet tall to barely five feet. Some are thin some are not and some are very heavy. But all move together beautifully, and I love seeing the diversity on stage. I love seeing girls, of any size or shape, dancing and enjoying the freedom of movement.
Of course, now my oldest daughter wants to do “everything”.
Dance is expensive. Then, you have to drive them to class and wait for them. And she has a sister who will want to do “everything” with her.
As we’re trying to figure out transportation, which classes we can actually do, how many is “too many”, etc, I am also asking myself if I should be more involved.
Should I volunteer for things? If this is really going to be important to my daughters, how much should I get involved?
Do I want to?
Do I want to doing something with my girls that’s important to them?
I am just not sure how all of this works. What the right path is.
It’s all new territory to me. And the parenting books forgot to mention this back when we were trying to learn all about the joys and pitfalls of children.