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Toddlers VS Teens: Dance Off

Toddlers VS Teens: Dance Off

by Gina Valley

Toddlers and teens have a lot in common.  They both say silly things, and get cranky if you wake them too early.  Both have their own unique sense of style, and will take your makeup if you leave it out.  They also both have a tendency to mouth off and toss a tantrum when upset.  Yet, both have an amazing capacity to be gentle and kind when you least expect it.

Teens toddlers dance ballet organization missing stuff snacks falling tutu tights shoes document fast food Humor Funny Parenting Moms Dads Kids children Family Life loveAnd, particularly important today, they both love to dance … when they’re in the mood.

Even in their shared love of dancing I’ve noticed with my toddler and teen that there are some significant similarities and differences.

When you enroll your 2-year-old in dance classes at Madame QT Pie’s School of Ballet Cuteness you see the little tutu’s and think “Oooo! So cute!”

When you enroll your 15-year-old in dance classes at The Nazi Academy of the Arts you look at the costume department and think, “We won’t be able to afford to buy meat this year.”

When it’s time to take your 2-year-old to her dance class at Madame QT Pie’s School of Ballet Cuteness she says that she’s too tired to go and refuses to get dressed.  You tell her you paid good money for these classes and that she is going.  Both of you end up in tears, but she goes to the stupid dance class.

Your 2-year-old ends up having a great time at her class, as you’d told her that she would, and doesn’t want to leave.  She comes close to tears.  You bribe her with the promise of stopping for candy on the way home.

On the way home you swear to yourself, as you do every week, that you will never make the mistake of signing your 2-year-old up for another dance class.

When it’s time to take your 15-year-old to her dance class at The Nazi Academy of the Arts she says that she’s too tired to go and refuses to get dressed.  You tell her Teens toddlers dance ballet organization missing stuff snacks falling tutu tights shoes document fast food Humor Funny Parenting Moms Dads Kids children Family Life loveyou paid good money for these classes and that she is going.  Both of you end up in tears, but she goes to the stupid dance class.

Your 15-year-old ends up having a great time at her class, as you’d told her that she would, and doesn’t want to leave.  She comes close to tears.  You bribe her with the promise of stopping for fast food on the way home.

On the way home you swear to yourself, as you do every week, that you will never make the mistake of signing your 15-year-old up for another dance class.

As part of her class your 2-year-old will have a mandatory performance.  You will have to sign a paper committingTeens toddlers dance ballet organization missing stuff snacks falling tutu tights shoes document fast food Humor Funny Parenting Moms Dads Kids children Family Life love to participating and agreeing to surrender a vital internal organ if you fail to do so.

As part of her class your 15-year-old will have a mandatory performance.  She will have to sign a paper committing to participating in the performance, and agreeing to surrender one of your vital internal organs if she fails to do so.

While dressing your 2-year-old for her performance undoubtedly a key costume item such as her tights or tutu or left shoe will be AWOL despite careful planning on your part and packing her things into her dance duffel bag the night before.

Fortunately, for both you and Madam Q T Pie’s bottom line, you will be able to purchase a replacement item at the dance studio.

When you return home after the conclusion of the performance you will immediately spot the missing item in an impossible to miss location such as hanging from the banister or splayed out in the middle of the kitchen floor.  You will never need to use either of the two identical items again.  Ever.

While your 15-year-old is dressing for her performance undoubtedly a key costume item such as her tights or tutu or left shoe will be AWOL despite several reminders to her from you to pack all of her things into her dance duffel bag the night before.

Fortunately for your panicking 15-year-old you will race home at Mach 2 to search for the missing item which is only available for purchase by Teens toddlers dance ballet organization missing stuff snacks falling tutu tights shoes document fast food Humor Funny Parenting Moms Dads Kids children Family Life loveordering sixteen weeks in advance from a dance academy supply house in Paris.

You won’t find the missing item at home and will race back to the venue and find that your 15-year-old is dressed, miraculously, in a complete costume.  She borrowed a duplicate of the missing element from Becky while you were tearing your home apart searching for hers.  Apparently Becky’s mom now routinely buys three of each costume element after having had to deal with a major costume related nervous breakdown last year.  They’ve had to move into a one room condo to afford it, but, she’ll later tell you, it’s worth it for the peace of mind.

When you return home after the conclusion of the performance you will immediately find that the missing item was in the bottom of your 15-year-old’s dance duffel bag the entire time.

While your 2-year-old is performing you call out encouragement and reminders.  You are rewarded with grins, tiny waves, and occasionally your tot running over to give you a hug in the middle of the performance.

While your 15-year-old is performing, as you were instructed to by your 15-year-old before you even got into the car to come to the performance, you sit quietly and do nothing to call attention to yourself or your teen dancer, and if at all possible become completely invisible.

If your 2-year-old falls during her performance you secretly celebrate because you know you can send in a copy of the recording to that home video show and win $10000, at a minimum.

If your 15-year-old falls during her dance performance you secretly scream inside your head because you know you are looking at $10000 worth of therapist bills, at a minimum.

You provide your 2-year-old with between dance number snacks that have been carefully Teens toddlers dance ballet organization missing stuff snacks falling tutu tights shoes document fast food Humor Funny Parenting Moms Dads Kids children Family Life lovechosen not only for high nutritional content, but also to match the dance number costumes so that the inevitable spills and drips will not be noticeable.

You provide your 15-year-old with between dance number snacks which have no discernible nutritional value of any kind and are picked up from a drive thru so that they will match the snacks of all the other teen dancers and not cause the otherwise inevitable swipe to your teen’s popularity that eating healthily would create.

Watching your 2-year-old throwing herself completely into the dance you swell with pride.  Tears fill your eyes.  You realize all of the effort and expense were worth it.  You swear to yourself that you will be sure to sign your 2-year-old up for the next season of dance classes.

Watching your 15-year-old throwing herself completely into the dance you swell with pride.  Tears fill your eyes.  You realize all of the effort and expense were worth it.  You swear to yourself that you will be sure to sign your 15-year-old up for the next season of dance classes.

Some things are always the same for both.

Laugh Out Loud!

-gina

What do you love and hate about the activities your kids are in?  I look forward to hearing about it, so please drop me a comment.

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2 Responses
  • Paula @lkg4sweetspot
    June 6, 2012

    I love it! So funny and the end is so perfect. With all boys, the dance phenomena has eluded me, but it works a bit the same in sports – especially the snack thing!

    • gina
      June 6, 2012

      Thank you for the compliment! I’m glad I could give you a giggle!
      My boys have some similar stuff with sports, too. I’ll be hitting on that in a post soon.
      No matter the age, kids are funny!