Overcommitment leads to underwhelming results.Between high school and traveling as an assistant or rehearsing at my studio, I had zero time in the week to do anything else. I was lucky if I made it to a Friday night football game or a sleepover. I desperately wanted to run track, but my Dance Mom, Vicki, made me choose. She knew the demands of both dance and track, and taught me[…]

Summer naturally pushes the re-set button for young dancers. The competition and recital seasons have finished, and the next season seems a long way off. Now what? I sat down with Dance Mom Devo contributor and professional dancer, Meghan Way Stinson to get the inside scoop on how dancers should be spending their summer months.Should we take time off? Do we need to try summer intensives?“Take a break for a[…]

Why do we even let our kids do this competitive thing? Why would we invest time, energy, and money in dance? Here are four fabulous reasons.1.  It literally makes them smarter.Dancing encourages synapses between the left side of the brain and the right side of the brain. Gross motor skills interact with rhythm, creativity meets the beat, and counting gels with gracefulness. As these pathways of communication between brain hemispheres[…]

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[…]

Our dance studio is busy preparing for nationals this week. Nothing gets the mama juices flowing like packing up costume pieces, make-up, and shoes (that don’t even fit anymore because we bought them last August), in order to travel half way across the country to compete at the national level. Meanwhile, I am fitting in work, a research paper for my master’s program, and my volunteer jobs at church. I[…]

As we race toward the end of the school year, I feel like each day is a sprint. Final school projects? Done! Spring concert? Done! Teacher gifts? Done! Dance recital? Done! Parties and banquets for this, that, and the other thing? Done! Plan for summer activities, childcare, and vacation? Done! Just looking at my May calendar makes me exhausted. With all this racing, I’m reminded that parenting is not a[…]

You know the song, so sing with me.  You put your right foot in, you put your right foot out, you put your right foot in, and you shake it all about.  You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around ’cause THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. Sometimes I find myself running around like a crazy person, dashing from activity to activity.  You too, huh?  Every now and then,[…]

A couple weeks into the mess and chaos of our kitchen remodel, I am struggling with patience.  We can’t find anything, we’re making coffee in the bathroom, and there is a thick layer of dust throughout the house that keeps reappearing every time I wake up. My husband has repeatedly reminded me that these things take time.  We want the kitchen done right, and we can’t control the pace of[…]

She’s Got Rhythm Dancers usually have a very natural sense of rhythm…at least when it comes to the beat of the music. But are we teaching our daughters to live in and through God’s designed rhythm for life? Are you always in a hurry? Is your daughter always rushing? Have you lost all down time? How about your family time together? Reflect: When does your family rest and/or play together?[…]