Are you concerned with your dancer’s placement or progress? Do you think your dancer needs private lessons to gain more individual attention? Are you confused about a decision that has been made that directly affects your child’s outlook and self-esteem?These are all valid questions. Dance Mom Devo contributor Meghan Way Stinson helps us out with some answers from her perspective as an experienced dance instructor.We, as dance teachers, know that[…]

Disappointment always hurts. And it’s unavoidable in this world. Whether it’s blowing an audition, failing a spelling test, or not being invited to a friend’s birthday party, at some point in your child’s life, she’s going to be disappointed. Our kids need to be taught how to respond. Here are some of the not-so-good responses I’ve either tried or witnessed: Not-so-good response 1: Say “Toughen up!” and ignore the pain. This response will come back[…]

We have an ongoing family joke that we should try to work the word “nourish” into our prayers as many times as possible. It all started when one of us was put on the spot to pray out loud before a meal in front of extended family members and actually said the word “nourish” seven times. Really. SEVEN times. How do you pray for your children? Do you stick with[…]

Do you have big dreams for your kids? Do they have dreams of their own? Defining the dreams God has placed in their hearts and breaking them down into tangible goals can be confusing for kids, so they need our help. First, we need to assure them God has plans and purposes for them. “For I know the plans I have for you, “ declares the Lord, “plans to prosper[…]

Moms…are you prepared? This week is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s our dance company audition week. After three days of intensives, the girls will be placed with their new teams at their new levels for the whole next year. This group of girls will be who my daughter spends at least 10 hours a week with, the group she will be friends with, the group she[…]

Disappointment always hurts. And it’s unavoidable in this world. Whether it’s blowing an audition, failing a spelling test, or not being invited to a friend’s birthday party, at some point in your child’s life, she’s going to be disappointed. Our kids need to be taught how to respond. Here are some of the not-so-good responses I’ve either tried or witnessed: Not-so-good response 1: Say “Toughen up!” and ignore the pain.[…]

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