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The Dances of Parenting

Parenting teaches us many things including dances!

Don’t believe me?

Here are the dances that you’ll learn once you sign up for the epic dance lessons of parenting.

The Chicken Dance

I learned this dance when we were released from the hospital. I remember looking at the nurse and thinking, “Really? You’re letting us take this baby home? But we have no idea what we’re doing!”

I was right in thinking such things too. It took us almost 3 weeks to build up the nerve to bathe our baby for the first time. The experience of bathing her scared us so much that from then on we bathed her only once a week afterwards.

I remember being nervous about so many things. In fact, I Googled things daily:

* What is a serious fever for a baby?

* What do you do if your baby isn’t pooping?

* Is there something wrong with your baby if they sleep too much?

We were also the parents who rushed our baby to the emergency room because she wouldn’t stop crying.

Yes, the newborn stage was definitely the most fearful time of parenthood.

The Limbo

The dance of babyhood. You have to learn how to bend over backwards for this new little person in your life. Midnight feedings, poops in the bathtub, colic, gas, spit-ups, crying jags, and diaper blow-outs… this is life with a baby. Flexibility is a must!

The Robot

This dance spans about the next three years of a child’s life. Routines and schedules… schedules and routines. The monotony can drive a parent crazy but we do it because it’s necessary and it keeps our kids happy by knowing exactly what to expect.

The Polka

This dance takes place from the age of 5 to 10. This stage can be a blast! Your child can do a lot of things by themselves but they’re still not too cool to spend time with their over-the-hill folks. This is the time of board games, movies, chats, and fun.

However, this is also the time of busy schedules, birthday parties, play dates, and extra-curricular activities. The flurry of activity can be exhausting and dizzying.


The dance of the pre-teen and teen years. First you’re standing up and then next thing you know you’re spinning around on the floor with your feet up in the air. You may have to work your parenting magic with the “worm” and wiggle your way into your child’s affections.

This dance is exhausting and takes a serious amount of skill. If you can be spontaneous, flexible, and have the ability to improvise, you just might survive.

The Waltz

Ah, the dance of all dances. Your kids are out of the house and you get to watch them raise their own children. You suddenly feel skilled, accomplished, and dignified in the decades of work you put into your own children.

So there you have it… the dances of parenthood. Each dance needs time, practice, and patience. The dance can’t be rushed. Each step is important and just when you think you’re done one dance, another starts.

Parenting teaches us many things including all sorts of dances! Don't believe me?! Here are the epic dances of parenting. Which dance are you learning?

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Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care. 

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