Grace had her first formal recital practice tonight for her tap routine. Frankly, I'm at my wit's end with her in this class.
She was the only one who would not sit still and wait her turn. There were girls there younger than she is and none of them did what she was doing either. I'm sure she was overwhelmed because they practiced all the parts in 'Peter Pan', so the whole school was there.
But she does the same thing in class. While all the other girls are sitting by the wall, waiting to practice their turns, Gracie is going around the room, on all fours, in her own little world.
I'm not sure if she is just too young to get it (though as I stated, no one else does this but her) or if she has a low attention span, or maybe she has ADHD or ADD, or just plain hyper! She never stops and can go to 5 different things in a matter of seconds....
I got so frustrated at practice, I told another mother I may not even bring her to the recital and she sure didn't try to change my mind.... I think I may have noted a little smile, too.
After all the cash I've spent, I wanted her to at least finish the year out.... but how can I be comfortable putting her on a stage with other dancers if she is going to act like this?!
I certainly don't want to ruin the recital for them, they are very good and worked hard. Mom tells me I'm just embarrassed, and well... yeah, I am... but I still don't want all the people at the show pointing and tsk-tsking my kid....
When we went to the Children's Museum, a mother of a boy in a different class knew who Grace was, so I got paranoid about her actions in school. I wonder if she does the same thing at preschool--notsit still, listen,follow directions, or pay attention.
I already think she has that reputation--you know the kid that all the parents know because their kid comes home and says 'Grace did this today'.
I think she just wants everyone to watch her all the time. Whenever we have company here, she always wants all their attention. She yells over conversations, so someone will talk to her.... again. Of course, it doesn't help that I'm the only one who stops her.
I am just frustrated and needed to vent. I'll talk to her dance instructor and maybe I can get some reassurance from her.... or at least an escape plan for chaotic behavior at show time :)
Hope you guys had a great weekend~