Princess thinks she’s a ballerina. Forget the fact that after over a year of lessons she still can’t skip across the room, if you ask her, she’s moments away from starring in the Austin Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. She loves wearing her tutus, doing tap and ballet and having fun with the other little girls. She loves her teacher, and gets so excited each Monday when it’s time to go to ballet.
And then there’s soccer. Little Miss. Sparkle isn’t exactly Mia Hamm and Pele’s love child. But, she loves playing with her friends and is learning about team sports. She’s also providing us with countless laughs as she covers her face and runs away from the ball during games in order to wave at her fans on the sidelines.
What’s got my panties in a bunch is that after both of these activities the kids get candy for a job well done. I’m not a candy-as-reward person. It’s not my thing. Especially at activities that end at 5:30pm. I want my kids to love their activities- to listen to their teachers, and to be in the moment. Do kids really behave for a Dum Dum? Will they love to plie because they get some Skittles afterwards? I don’t think so. But, will they whine through dinner, asking for their lolly after each bite? Will they get up from the table to look for the candy? Will their brother scream for his own candy since he had to sit through and watch the practice? Will the freaking Tootsie Roll cause so much torment in your house that you want to throw it at the teacher before the next class?
So what do I do? I don’t want to be the mean mommy and say “No candy for my kid”, and I don’t really understand why the other parents are ok with 5:30 candy. That being said, I’m sick of dealing with the candy issue every Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Thank goodness soccer only lasts 2 more weeks….