The little girls showed up in fancy dresses. Some even came with full make up plastered onto their face. Ah..the beauty of having daughters, I sighed. With only boys at home, the fanciest dress I can put on them is shirt and jeans. That was what I dressed little A with for his school performance.
Today’s wasn’t his first school performance. Obviously not my first either. From the corner of my eyes I can notice excited parents, mostly moms, gathered in front of the class room. All dressed up. All were proud. Their beloved little ones would take on stage soon.
We were then ushered to the venue, a big multipurpose room that was set with a stage and band equipment. At first, everybody would sit nicely. When the MC started to talk I could hear the buzz also started. When the performance started, the poised parents turned into wild paparazzi. I am telling you, it wasn’t the best scene I would like to see on a school performance. But again, it is so typical.
Followings are the dos and don’ts when attending your kid’s school performance:
1. Be properly dressed up.
I can turn up at school picking up my kids in pajamas. Yes I agree, pajamas should never be worn outside your home. But in my justification, I don’t do that too often. In a school performance however, fashion police should guard the show because showing up with flip flop and pajamas are just simply disrespectful.
2. Bring in your full-tummy, not the otherwise.
This is not a classroom for you so don’t pack a lunch box for yourself to have it while watching your kid dance and sing.
3. Take your camera or iPhone..or a phone with a camera.
Your kid would be on stage. THAT is one of those childhood memories you need to keep.
4. Don’t be a paparazzi going crazy.
Yes your kid is amazing. Yes the performance is the best. I don’t care how awesome your kid is, I also want to see my kid performing. So please go to the corner rather than displaying your back to the rest of the spectators and let us watching it instead of watching our kids and the performance.
5. Don’t forget to bring water and some snack.
After performing your kid would probably be hungry and thirsty. The Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth Water Bottle, 32oz – Blue is a good sized for your kid.
6. Don’t bring your baby.
Your baby doesn’t have a clear understanding of what is going on. Her sister/brother is performing but once she gets agitated over the loud music and crowds you will only spend your time trying to calm her down, or forcefully have to flee the venue. Arrange for a baby sitter. If you are staying in US, ChipperSitter can help you.
7. Don’t leave the room before the entire show ends.
I have seen half empty room mid-show. Bad habit dies hard. These parents went off straight away after their kids were done with their performance. Again, this is truly disrespectful. Sit and clap your hands; support not only your kid but others as well. How would you feel if your kid were the last to perform in front of empty chairs?
Hopefully the above dos and don’ts are useful for you, especially those moms whose kids are new preschoolers. Meanwhile, as this post is inserted on Wordless Wednesday linky, please allow me to share some behind the screen shot from my recently photo shoot with one of my besties. It was for fun