freespirit Posted June 5, 2004 Report Share Posted June 5, 2004 This has been bothering me for a while, so I decided to write and see what the other ballet parents have experienced in this area. The problem is my normally wonderful supportive mom + siblings etc... make fun of how much I enjoy ballet, and how much I support my daughter's self-declared ballet dreams. This really hurts, and I can't seem to get them to understand. For example, I was telling my family how excited I was to go to the Balanchine Festival...Six glorious hours of ballet. My mother moaned, and my sister/ sister-in-law made comments equating this to torture. Whenever my daughter's training (or schooling) is brought up, I'm told to lightened up and let her be a kid. It's just dance anyway; it's not like it is anything important. Why am I putting so much pressure on her (they say this to mean: Why are you sending your daughter to this pre-professional school that requires so much time and such a commitment). They even thought it was hilarious that my husband installed an at home barre for my dd. (It was even his idea!!) I was proud of his support of his daughter... My family saw it as another example of how I'm too obsessed about ballet. I can't imagine what they would say if I told them I read and post on a ballet message board.... Don't get me wrong, I love my family!! They've never missed one of dd's performances, and they're supportive of her. I just get the distinct impression they think I'm off my rocker. Quote Link to comment
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