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I saw this wonderful image attached to an article on Huffington Post entitled:

 10 Common Mistakes Parents Today Make (Me Included)

by

Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis.

The piece is terrifically relevant, and I highly recommend reading it in full. Some of the article’s main themes can be directly applied to our daily work within the dance studio (in regards to parenting AND teaching).

The mistakes include:

1. Worshiping a child instead of loving him/her.

2. Not accepting a child’s imperfections.

3. Living vicariously through your child.

4. The desire to be a child’s best friend.

5. Engaging in competitive parenting.

6. Missing the wonder of childhood/ Over-pressuring children.

(This statement certainly makes an impact: “The pressures on kids start way too early. If we really want our kids to have a leg up, we need to protect them from these pressures. We need to let them have fun and grow at their own pace so 1) they can explore their interests without fear of failure and 2) they don’t get burned out.“)

7. Raising the child we want/not the child we have.

8. Forgetting actions speak louder than words.

9. Judging other parents– and their kids.

10. Underestimating CHARACTER.

(This is another great gem:

If we want them to build character, confidence, strength and resilience, we need to let them face adversity and experience the pride that follows when they come out stronger on the other side.

It’s hard to see our children fall, but sometimes we have to. Sometimes we have to ask ourselves whether intervening is in their best interest. There are a million ways to love a child, but in our quest to make them happy, let us stay mindful that sometimes it takes short-term pain to earn long-term gain.”)

All of these “mistakes” can potentially hurt our youth’s long-term success. What can we do to make sure we are training happy, successful, and resilient young people? Let’s make an impact and use the power of our dance training to influence our students’ long-term success!

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