No dice on the ballet thing tonight. I knew it was going south this morning in the car when she started whining about going. Then she dragged her feet getting dressed. And finally the whiny teary, "I don't want to go..."
So I just said fine, we're done. Sent a note to the studio just now.
I'm bummed. I think she will regret it. And I am so baffled at what is causing this.
So, we had to have some consequences since she didn't finish out the session as we discussed. There will be no TV this week. And I'm not signing her up for anything new until she's older. So she will be bummed about tennis lessons and cheer camp getting nixed from the summer schedule. (That was going to be the two activities that replaced Gymnastics and Ballet, which go on summer hiatus.)
She will also have to do some extra chores over the next couple of weeks to pay me back the $35 I spent on a recital costume that we will probably never see. So if anyone has any ideas on appropriate 4 year old chores, let me know. It needs to be above and beyond the things she does all the time, like helping to set the table and clearing her plate. I'm thinking she might be in charge of picking up the toys in the living room every night for a week or so. It's mostly her brother's mess, so that seems like work - right?
Aw boo. I'm bummed. I liked ballet. Little girls in pink tutus. Learning some poise, and appreciation for music other than Hanna Montana. Ballet is good.
Argh. I wish she would - or could - find the words to tell me why she is so adamant about not going back. It is SO weird. This is a girl who wants to read books about ballerinas all the time. Watched the Nutcracker from start to finish with wide eyes. Dances in the living room every night after dinner. Watches Shirley Temple movies just for the tap dancing...Me No Get.