It's true, I didn't want to be a dance mom. The only reason I went to dance as a kid was goof off with another friend of mine (as evidenced by the dance recital home video my parents have when that friend and I were both one step behind every other girl in our dance class). Friend, you know who you are.
My husband and I both played soccer so last fall we put Saida in soccer. The only way I could get her on the field was holding the coach's hand with a promise of the biggest handful of pom balls she could grab for her pom ball jar (our good behavior reinforcement system). I wish I could say I had pictures of this, but at the time I was not amused. She's done one other thing that was more frustrating and that was swim lessons last summer. I still prefer not to talk about it.
If the girl could do one thing all day, it's dance. She loves it. I love watching her, but I didn't want to be a dance mom. There was a whole show dedicated to those moms and if I remember correctly, it painted them crazy and we're like the least competitive people in the world.
But what it comes down to for me is letting my kid follow her own path. I could force her in to soccer all day, but who is that really for? As long as the decisions she's making are healthy, I'm more inclined to just let her choose the things that make her happy. I don't have to fight her to go to class and she actually cares enough about it to try.
So here's to being a dance mom. If you're looking for me I'll be the one in the corner at dance class reading Rachel Hollis and feeling thankful for an hour of nobody asking me to do anything.
By the way, the last day of summer dance was yesterday. Cutest thing ever.