If there is one thing I have learned from my children, it is to let things be. Sure, it would be great to always have the kid that loves to perform and will readily do whatever you want them to in front of a crowd, but I have learned not to sweat it if they don't.
I am a grown adult, and I still get very uncomfortable being the center of attention or performing. So how can I blame my kids for not enjoying it either.
Sam had preschool graduation this week. They had a cute little program all set up with songs and small parts for each kid.
Here is Sam's chair.
Here is Sam.
At first I was upset that Sam wouldn't participate, but then I realized that we were really celebrating that he did so well in preschool, not that he can sing a song in front of the parents.
I thought about how much he grew this year during preschool...from not wanting to go, not participating, and crying, to hopping in the car and even carpooling to preschool. He learned things, made friends, and participated. He ended up having a great year.
For my soft -hearted, all boy, sweet Sammy, it was awesome! I am very proud of him.