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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

This Mama Didn't Raise No Quitter! Or Did I?...

If you read MommyLITE regularly, you've heard me rave about Livi's gymnastics prowess. (Click here to read my "Confessions of a Bleacher Mom")

About a month ago she told me she wanted to quit to be a cheerleader.  A CHEERLEADER!  Jews can't cheer!  We kvetch, but we don't cheer.  Unfortunately, competitive "kvetch-leading" never really took off (outside of my family at least):

"2, 4, 6, 8!
WHO DO WE APPRECIATE??!!!
NOT ME! NOT ME!  NeeeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEVER ME!  OY!"

You see where I'm coming from.

Anyway, I was crushed.  And while Betsy Brown Braun, my parenting "Go To Gal" (and author of "You're Not The Boss of Me!") keeps drilling into me that that this "isn't about me...it's about her!" I can't help but wonder if sometimes what makes it so hard is it's kinda both.  If I make her stay with it, am I just another Tiger Mom?  I prefer to think of myself more as a "Guinea Pig Mom" - I squeak with urgency but am pretty innocuous, and my kids know it.

What do you do when your kid is really good at something and then wants to quit?

Well, I have a post today up on TODAYMoms all about it (CLICK HERE to read "Should You Let Your Child Be A Quitter?).

Maybe Kvetching will catch on.  Or maybe, as I talk about in the "Confessions..." article...I should just go out and buy that f*cking recorder.

I'm really curious...what would you do?

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