- Jan 9, 2008
My oldest daughter's (she does not do gymnastics) dress rehersal for her dance recitial was tonight. My youngest daughter who is the 8 year old gymnast was very bummed out. This is the first year she is not dancing in the since she was 3. It is a small studio I have known the teacher for years her mother was my dance teacher but when it came time to sign my daughter up it conflicted with gymnastics. My daughter just made the team and the practice days and competition days were the same time as dance. We went back and forth but my daughter choose gymnastics. I later signed her up at another dance studio for hip-hop she likes it but it is not the same. Alot of the other parents and kids came up up to her tonight and said you're not dancing. I quess alot of them were like me but they have no clue the amount of committment competitive gymnastics is. After my daughter left she said I want to do dance there again next year. Then I said but what about gymnastics and she said but I don't want to give up gymnastics. So we are back again at choosing. I really do not want to influence her since but I can't help thinking that gymnastics is on such a higher caliber than this 1 hour dance class and recital. Most of the time when we have this discussion she eventually decides that she is willing to give up the other activities for gymnastics which I know she truely loves. I just can not help feeling like maybe I am doing the wrong thing by letting her concentrate so much of her time on gymnastics than other activities ecspecailly when other parents look at me and say she's not dancing this year.