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Friday, April 4, 2014
"D" is for Dance -- Surviving the 8th Grade Dance
I really should be writing about “D” for Deadline since I
almost missed mine. Instead I want to write about “D” for Dance. As in my
daughters upcoming 8th grade dance for graduating from middle
school. Since most kids graduate from middle school the whole thing seems a
little anti- climactic, but the 8th grade dance is a really big
I’m starting to discover there’s a lot of drama (“D “ for
Drama) that goes along with the 8th grade dance; from buying a dress
to begging your parents not to chaperone.It’s only a few short months away for the big event, but I’m not sure I
will make it.
Here’s my list of 5 ways to survive:
1)Embrace the dress as the most important part of
the dance. Don’t let her fool you. She may act all nonchalant when you take her
shopping, like she doesn’t care what she wears -- until you make a suggestion. Beware as any dress you pick out she’ll claim she'd never wear to
a dance or anywhere. It’s very important you don’t react to whatever she likes even it’s hideous with rhinestones and glitter. That will only make it more desirable. If it’s a dress you
actually like you must not reveal your feelings. If she senses your approval it is all over.
2)Steer clear of the prom date discussion. If you ask
them if they need a date for the dance they will respond no. They will explain they'd rather go with their friends. You will try to gage if they are covering for a teenage
broken heart. They will ignore you to take a selfie. You will still wonder if they are
upset. They will take more selfies. You should stop worrying.
3)Volunteer for the dance committee and put in
hours of time to make the dance just perfect, but remember these kids are not
easily impressed. They come from the generation that can watch a movie on their phone. A Night Under The Sea with star balloons and mermaids cannot compete. Don’t feel bad if it doesn’t win you mother of the
year. They will appreciate it when they are older (at least that’s what my
mother told to me).
4)Use chaperoning the dance as a threat to keep
your kid inline for the rest of the school year. The possibility of embarrassment
by ones parent can increase your child’s average from a B to an A.
5)Don’t get upset when your grown up baby struts
around in her high heels. She will never make it through the whole dance in those anyway and will end up wearing two different colored socks by the end of the night like she did when she was five. Just breathe, take tons of photos and try not to think you'll be doing this whole dance thing again in two
years for high school.