Finding a healthy separation

ballerinaWith her wild, curly hair pulled back in a neat bun, and her pink tights, leotard, and ballet shoes in place, my little girl tapped her toes and lifted her arms in rhythm to the music of her first ballet recital. At least, that’s how it appeared from the video that my sister-in-law sent me and I watched on my iPhone while I attended a wedding two hours away.

For four weeks I sat on a hard, cold bench in a stale waiting room listening to classical music coming from my 3-year-old’s closed-door ballet class, longing to get a glimpse of what she was learning. But her ballet school has a strict student-only policy until the day of the recital, which left me in the dark about her pliés and pointed toes. Even when she emerges from her class with a smile stretching from ear to ear, she won’t show me what she’s learned, insisting that I have to wait until “it’s my turn to watch.”

When my opportunity to see my daughter show off what she’d learned finally came, I realized that the date not so conveniently coincided with a close friend’s wedding. I had no choice but to send my little one’s aunt in my place.

Want to read the rest? Check it out on national parenting blog Kveller.com!

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