We’ve made it to spring. Summer is just around the corner, and soccer suddenly looks more alluring to your Kindergartner than another (another!) week at Kindermusik. Or maybe your toddler seems uncannily to choose the exact moment you walk into the Kindermusik studio to throw a fit about being there. In Kindermusik, we believe in following the child. But when we know the value of music lessons, is it really so easy to follow them back to the car, never to return to the studio?
One of the disadvantages of parenting in the informational age is that we can be bombarded with well-meaning, yet conflicting advice about the “best” thing to do in situations like this. Should we let them quit because maybe they’re overly involved with too many activities and need to de-stress? Or, maybe we should persevere, so that our kids learn the value of commitment. What’s a parent to do?
- Talk to your teacher about your concerns. Maybe your child has decided the class isn’t very fun. There may be some things we can do differently in class to make the experience more inviting for your child. A schedule change might help—coming after lunch, rather than before, for example.
- Of course, it may be that your child doesn’t feel comfortable participating in the same ways as all the other kids. Rest assured that Kindermusik is about process, not performance. If there’s something we can do to help your child feel safe in saying, “No, I’m just not going to dance this time,” let us know. There is still merit in watching others, including an awareness that differences can be valued, even essential.
Parenting can be a landmine of difficult decisions. We’re here to support you through them.