If you’re new mama to the dance world, here’s how you can help your dancer succeed and still be their number one fan without becoming a momzilla:
1. Always say “thank you”:
People call these the magic words for a reason. Using them sets a good example for your dancer and makes their path smoother every step-ball-change of the way.
2. Show good sportsmanship:
Acknowledge any great performance when you see it and your dancer will follow suit. Here are 11 ways your dancer can be a good sport at their next rehearsal, performance or competition.
3. Follow their lead:
Give your dancer choices (and a voice!) and don’t force them to stick with something they’re not interested in. Only kick things up a notch only when their commitment and interest is there.
4. Don’t blame your dancer if they don’t “win”:
It’s important to always nurture your kiddo’s passion, win or lose.
5. Be the parent, not the coach:
Your encouragement and empathy is important to your child’s success, but leave the constructive criticism to their teacher.
6. Use the 24-hour rule:
Dying to speak up or speak out? Wait a day, think about your approach, then decide if it’s necessary.
7. Check yourself:
Are you “living the dream” through your little showstopper? Do the highs and lows affect you more than her? If so, take a step back, mama.
8. Put family first:
Your dancer AND the other members of your at-home crew must top your list above chasing the limelight. Always.