The Gloucester Dance festival kicks off this weekend where I will find myself watching lots of pretty girls showcasing their dancing.
Chloe will be doing two solo dances and and duet. She loves the performance and buzz that she gets from it - yet the results often disappoint her. She loves wearing the costumes, she loves loves loves being on the stage and she actually enjoys watching the older girls who are often such great role models. HOWEVER each time a festival finishes and she isn't placed in the top three she is so dejected and upset. Each time she then states she WILL NEVER do festivals again, that is until the next time.
Therefore I don't know why we do it - part of me wishes that we weren't involved and she wasn't looking at who is the prettiest, has the nicest hair, the best tutu etc but I also do believe that it teaches her alot about life. She won't always be placed in the top three, she won't always be the best and thats the reality. As a mother its a hard lesson to help their child learn but it is important one.
I often notice that it is the mothers that are the worse behaved. Ive seen mums cattily commenting on other gils costumes and I've witness the mums who spend ages on the hair and makeup of their girls - the worse are the mums bringing their own CD players and making the girls practise in the corridors before their category.
So mums I implore you - let it be about the grils - let them enjoy their moment, its only a dancing competition -
BUT please fingers crossed Chloe gets placed this time - maybe I should bake the judge a cake