vicarious Posted September 20, 2007 Report Share Posted September 20, 2007 I'm sure more will come to me as this thread goes on but here's a start. Pro and Con: All the usual stuff that goes with moving. Establishing the family in a new community, school, church, job(s), new house, and possibly new climate. Just a hint for those relocating to colder climates, choose a winter project that will keep you busy indoors and possibly warm i.e.: crocheting an afghan. Make lots of friends while the weather is good so you'll have lots of company visiting or to visit once your more shut in. Invest in full spectrum light bulbs. Pro: You get to see pretty closely how DK's training is progressing. Con: For me it's difficult not to but in on the training process at home. All of those "How was class?" questions at the small home school have become more intense in proportion to the increase in intensity of the training. Now it's "So, how was your hip in rond de jambe en l'air en dehor today dear? Pro and Con: The whole family may get involved in ballet. Con: Non-dks and spouse might feel left out. Research what there is for them to do. Pro: It's an exciting time that you can share as a family and will always remember. Con: Non-dks may ask "When are we going to move so I can study..." Pro and con: Children learn that their dreams are insanely important to parents. (Not saying this isn't the case with those that don't move.) Con: There's a different atmosphere in the management of a residential program versus a small home school. For good and bad parents have less influence in the running of the program. It can be a hard pill to swallow if you've been a mover and shaker at the home school. Pro: You save dramatically on the cost of the program because you're not paying for room and board. Con: If you buy a house you're basically married to the program for better or worse as long as the housing market is in slump. Affordable places to rent might be an issue. You never know how things may change with the program. I'm so glad we didn't move to the Clara R. Noyes program. I understand that some the students and teachers have rebounded but I can only imagine the anxiety during that that transitional time. Pro: DK can have all those familiar things of home around them. Con: Oh my gosh, moving all our stuff is expensive. Pro: DK has parent influence, supervision and support. Con: DK longs for the dorm expirience like everyone else. Pro: DK can "hang out" with friends at the dorm and there's plenty of supervision rather than hanging out on the streets or in homes that may or may not have supervision. Con: Seems like DK only comes home to sleep. (Everybody has snacks in their room and most has refrigerators so no need to come home to eat.) Pro: Dancer's like to get away from the dorm and come to DK's house. I had so much fun during prom when several girls came over to get ready and then have an after prom sleepover. You know the feeling you get when you see your young man or woman all gussied up a leaving for the prom multiply that by 5. Con: Employment. This could be a pro or con depending on the situation. It was a con for us because this area has a depressed economy. Pro: No long drive to ballet. Con: I feel like a trolley zipping back and forth down the street to ballet. Pro: I can better monitor DD's health. Con: DD feels overprotected at times. Pro: DK can go to church with family rather than possibly skipping out. Con: Some of DK's independence may be postponed. This might be a pro. Quote Link to comment
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