Why would I join ‘Parent participation week’?


Does your child’s extra curricular activity offer a chance for you to come and observe, maybe you’re able to watch every week, but how much do you actually learn from observing the activity?

I’ve done it myself, you take up a chair at the back of the class, pretend you’re interested in what they’re doing for 3 maybe 4 minutes then strike up a conversation with the parent next to you about something completely irrelevant like the amount of sleep your not getting between all your children and how there’s not enough hours in the day.

How much do you actually take away about your child’s experience from this…..well, nothing really!

What if you were to come along to your child’s dance class with your dance attire on, some dancing shoes (or whatever you can find) and the same enthusiasm they arrive with each week ready to participate, do you think your take away may be a little different?

Things you may learn…

  • That your child makes this look easy when it’s really not.
  • There is a lot to think about when you’re dancing.
  • We expect a lot of our children even when we don’t truly appreciate the effort that’s involved.
  • A greater respect for your child’s teacher and their relationship with your child.
  • A bit more about the relationship your child has with others in the class.
  • An understanding of what your child could work on at home for improvement and how to help them.
  • Some dance moves to take home and practice with your child.
  • You don’t have to be good at something to enjoy it.
  • Your body doesn’t move quite like it used to.

Things your child may learn…

  • That you’re willing to put yourself out there and learn new things.
  • That they can be better at some things than you are.
  • Everyone learns at a different pace, even parents.
  • It can be fun to share things with your parents.

So, if the opportunity arises and your child’s activity invites you along to participate, where will you be?  Sitting up the back or in the front row taking it all in?