I love taking Princess A to ballet class. It’s adorable and the more classes we take the more confident she gets. Yesterday, she danced around on her tippy toes and I was so proud. The teacher tells the girls that all ballerinas have good manners and encourages them to always say please and thank you in class. Many of the girls are too shy to do this or can’t say the words but the ground work is being laid for polite young women.
The same time as Princess A’s dance class there is a sports class for boys next door. The boys are taught to be fearless and tough. My friend’s son takes this class and when she heard Princess A say “Ees”(please) the first time she asked me how I taught her that and I said she learned in ballet class. My friend was amazed and a little jealous. She said that there is no mention of manners in her son’s class. When she talked about what they did in the boy’s class I became a bit jealous as well because it sounded so fun.
This made me think that it would be even better if the girl’s got some tough sports skills in their classes and the boys got some manners in their classes. Princess A does take sports classes so she gets some of that but I have never met a boy who takes ballet class. I understand that there are a lot of societal stereotypes at work that may make parents less likely to enroll their son’s in ballet class but it’s a shame that so many boys miss out on this important skill. Princess A is only 19 months old and I have already noticed huge differences between the the toys, activities, and treatment boys and girls receive. It’s something that you just can’t escape but I think it’s a just plain dumb because imagine how well rounded our kid’s would be if boys and girl’s were encouraged to be both brave and polite?
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