Calling All Dance Dads

Last weekend was a big weekend in our house.  Both my daughters are involved in dance and Saturday was the beginning of competition season.

They’re off to a great start and I’m looking forward to watching my girls have fun on stage with their friends.  I’m also looking forward to an idea I have… and that’s where I need your help.

In the next month or two I’d like to write about having kids in dance and competition dance from the Dad’s point of view.  It won’t be some hard hitting expose.  Just a lighthearted look through the eyes of Dance Dads.

This is what I need.  If you are a Dance Dad would you please take some time to email me your thoughts?

What do you like about having kids in dance? What are your dislikes? Any thoughts on costumes or choreography? How about any funny (maybe not at the time) stories of things that happened at a competition.  You don’t need to limit your comments to those questions.  They’re just some idea starters.

And Dance Moms… please share this with all the Dance Dads you know.  I’d like to get as much input as possible.

Please email me your thoughts: tony@faithfamilyandtechnology.com

Dance Dad

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My Best Parenting Tip

I’ve never professed to be the world’s best parent so I hesitate to offer parenting advice.  I have seen the benefits of the tip I’m about to give so I’m comfortable sharing it with you.  So what is my best parenting tip?

Cook with your kids

Sounds so simple… and it is.  I was reminded of this tip yesterday afternoon when my oldest and I made lasagna.

Making Lasagna

First, and most obvious, you’re teaching a great life skill.  Yesterday, I reviewed chopping an onion, mincing garlic, and browning hamburger.

When you cook you learn to pay attention, follow directions, and a little math.  Both of my daughters’ first exposure with fractions came from measuring spoons and cups.

My experience has shown that kids are also more likely to take ownership in and eat something they’ve helped prepare.  Thinking about introducing a food your kid has never had before?  Have them help make it.  They might not eat a whole serving, or even like it, but you can be assured they will at least give it an honest try.

Perhaps the best benefit of cooking with your kids is the conversations you’ll have.  My daughter and I talked about things making lasagna yesterday that we never would have talked about if I just had said, “So, what’s new at school?”

Do you cook with your kids?  Did I miss any benefits that you’ve noticed in your own experiences?

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Think Like You’re 9

As parents we’re tasked with teaching our children… but every once in awhile we learn something from them.  That’s what happened today.  I learned something from my 9 year old daughter.

Her Valentine’s Day box for school is due tomorrow so that was our project for this afternoon.  We had been discussing all week what she wanted to do for it.  She loves Legos and soccer so she wanted a Lego block box with a soccer ball on top of it.

I didn’t get it.  The two things in my mind didn’t go together.  Why not just do one?  Stick to one theme and it would be less work.  After hearing all my reasons why it wouldn’t work she was still determined to proceed with both.  So that’s what we did and that’s when my lesson began.

The Lego block box came together quickly.  I cut pieces of pink duct tape for her and she covered the shoe box and K-cups with it.  She was pleased with how it turned out.

Next, was the soccer ball.  That proved to be tricky.  We tried several different ways to make one but they always looked off and never like an actual soccer ball.  She decided that perhaps that idea wouldn’t work but in the process came up with a great idea for using chop sticks to make a sign for the top of the box.

I was wrong for trying to talk her out of her ideas.  Had we not tried making the soccer ball she might not have come up with the other idea.

That’s when I learned that sometimes its OK to think like you’re 9. Forget about what you think you know or why you think something won’t work and just go for it.  You might fail but you also might just be on the path to a great success.

“Failure is success in progress” – Albert Einstein

In the end we were both pleased with how her Valentine’s box turned out.

lego valentine box

What lessons have you learned from your kids?

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