Balletmom Posted May 10, 2005 Report Share Posted May 10, 2005 And yet Mondoux says he rarely regrets missing the high school proms. For the sake of companionship, last year he made an effort to meet some friends who had nothing to do with ballet. "It totally backfired," he said. "I met some people but it seemed like they had a total lack of direction. I mean, when you meet someone whose goal it is to move out of their parents' house by the time they are 24, what do you say?" This quote is from an interesting article in today's Links forum (A big THANKS by the way!) about a serious 17 year old male student at the San Francisco Ballet School. I have only one child (also 17), so my experience with other teens is limited to what I hear from friends and co-workers, and also my nieces and nephews. Mother's Day prompted some introspection on my part about how different would she be if she had not become so dedicated to becoming a dancer at such an early age, and how much different would my problems and concerns be raising a teen in today's world? On one hand, she seems much more independent, self-reliant (probably thanks to those summer SIs) and focused than most teens. But on the other hand, she has very little experience dealing with the peer pressures that confront today's teens since dance leaves very little free time for hanging out, parties, etc.--although some of her experiences as an apprentice this year have been an eye-opener. Are our kids "different" from other kids? And for those of you with more than one child, how does your dancing child differ from their siblings? Do you look at these differences as all good, or as a mixed bag? Quote Link to comment
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