October 26, 2011 | Filed in: 31 Days | by Amanda
My daughter has been taking ballet since she was 3. It is probably the cutest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. All the little girls in their pink tights and matching pink shoes will make your heart ache just looking at them! I love seeing my daughter learn the steps, grow in her athleticism and take instruction from another adult. It’s been such a great experience–and one my daughter really enjoys.
Sitting in the lobby with the other moms and dads for the past almost 3 years, I’ve overheard lots about how others raise their kids. Many of the kids my daughter’s age (a mere 5 years old!) have their children in multiple dance classes, sports and music classes all at the same time. Topped off with at least 3-day-a-week preschool or kindergarten where they are learning to read and write!
I do not think ANY of those things are bad, sinful or hurtful. But I do think they can inadvertently replace parenthood. It’s easy to let parenthood’s main tool become the mini-van. We taxicab our kids to ballet to learn poise, soccer to learn athleticism, school to gain education, to playdates to learn sharing, to storytime to hear good literature and to church to meet God. Then we get home and send the kids to bed without a meaningful conversation between us.
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