Can we take a moment to acknowledge the sacrifices many of us make on the daily, supporting our kids to live out their passions and dreams? Here’s to you!
I’ve spent many hours in the past 10 years being Uber driver for my creative kids. Hip hop, basketball, musical theatre. And we do this because we love our kids and we want them to follow their dreams and passions, right? But what happens when things don’t go their way? How do we respond when their dreams come crashing down?
This August, I’m accompanying my daughter to the World Hip Hop championships in the USA. This is a dream come true for my hip hop mad daughter, but the road to World’s has been a bumpy one. There have been highs and lows and many lessons learnt (by her, and us - her parents!) along the way.
Let's go back a bit, to the lead up to the National competition in 2020. All the dancers in the team were given a report card for their effort and performance, and most importantly, they were told who would be named in the competition team and who would be in the reserves.
Imagine my absolute heartache when I received an email one morning to inform me that despite my daughter’s excellent effort and commitment, she was being placed as a reserve. My heart sank as I handed her the report to read. As I watched her face crumble and the tears start to flow, my mind was racing. All I could think about was how was I going to fix this? How could I make it better? I felt a sense of injustice. Had the teacher not realised how great a dancer she was? Did I need to call the teacher and demand she change her mind?