Are You “THAT” Dance Mom?

Are You “THAT” Dance Mom?

As parents, our unwavering dedication to our children’s success is natural. Yet, in the pursuit of their dreams, it’s crucial to recognize where support ends and over-involvement begins. Stephanie Kemp, the esteemed artistic director of New England Dance Academy in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, and founder of NEDA NATION dance studio franchise, offers invaluable insights into fostering a healthy dance environment for children.

“Are You THAT Dance Mom”? “If you are, here are 5 ways you can curb it!”

1. Trust the Professionals: “Enroll your child in a reputable dance studio with professionals you trust. Trusting your child’s instructors when it comes to educational practices, dance routines, and placement is crucial for your child’s success. If you find yourself constantly questioning or doubting the teachers’ methods, it might be a sign that either you’re not at the right school or you need to step back and let the qualified individuals you’re paying do their job.”

2. Avoid Micromanaging: “Resist the temptation to micromanage every aspect of your child’s dance journey. While it’s natural to want to oversee their progress, excessive micromanagement can stifle their independence and creativity. Allow your child space to explore and grow within the dance environment without constantly intervening in every detail. Set them up for success by helping them be organized and prepared; even very young children can take some ownership of their dance bag and their practice schedule.”

3. Encourage Independence: “Foster independence by encouraging them to communicate directly with their instructors, set their own goals, and make decisions about their dance education. This autonomy not only builds their confidence but also teaches them valuable life skills.”

4 .Promote a Healthy Relationship with Failure: “Embrace failure as a natural part of the learning process and encourage your child to do the same. Instead of focusing solely on achievements and accolades, emphasize the value of perseverance, resilience, and growth. Help your child understand that setbacks and mistakes are opportunities for learning and improvement, rather than reasons for discouragement or self-doubt.

5.. Avoid Comparisons: “Refrain from comparing your child to others. Each child has their own unique strengths and weaknesses, and comparing them to their peers can be detrimental to their self-esteem and motivation. Instead, focus on celebrating your child’s individual progress and achievements.”

In conclusion, “Dance class, like any child enrichment program, should be a place for children to learn, explore, and grow. Kemp believes nothing worthwhile comes without some bumps, so instead of protecting them from the falls, just be there to give them a hand up, a hug, and some encouragement. Then she states, send them back on their way. She believes they will be better served because of it, and you, as the parent, will have more pride for their accomplishments when they are standing on their own two feet in the success they have earned by their own resolve and perseverance.”

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