Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Balanced Parenting

My husband watches We Love the 80s on VH1 with my daughter. I've known about it for a while and I've made my peace with it. I expose her to Bach, he exposes her to Flock of Seagulls. I feed her chicken with leeks in wine sauce, he feeds her hotdogs. I take her to the children's musem, he teaches her to throw balls at people. We call this balanced parenting and pretend that it's healthy. Until the other night, that is. That's when I walked in on a We Love the 80s viewing session and discovered with abject horror that Claire was "dancing." I do not object to dancing. I absolutely object to the sort of spastic jumping and arm-waving that was masquearading as dancing in my living room. Can't he at least teach her some 80s dance moves to go along with the 80s music? The side to side step with arm sway and finger snap? The alternate jumpy toe-point with windmill arms? Or at the very, very least, he could teach her the Wham! leg wiggle with stationary feet.

3 comments:

Katie said...

I demand a YouTube link to demonstrate the Wham! thing. The other two I can picture clearly.

Chelsea said...

Ooooh....you just gave me chills thinking of George Michael in the short-shorts snapping and danceing *swoon*
Yeah, she needs to learn to do that!

And for Katie:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Nl3RntstwyM

Christy said...

Chelsea to the rescue! That video rocks so hard because it has both the Wham! leg wiggle and the side step with arm sway.