Okay, so I was told this past week that I'm a cruel parent. Why, you may ask? Well because after an entire year of begging/badgering we (dh and I) are about to give in and set up music lessons for our 4 year old. Until recently it has been violin. Then she decided she wanted to play her daddy's baritone. As she will be too small for that indtrument till 3rd or 4th grade, a lady at our church has offered to give her cello lessons (she's taught for 12 yrs). I thought, great! We'll start her right after her 4th birthday in Oct.
So Liese talks about it at her pre-school last week. Of the 5 parents who heard about it, 3 thought it was great, 1 asked me about it, and one told me I was being cruel to my child for taking away her childhood. Did I expect her to be a prodigy or something? And here is the kicker: "It's not like your family's Asian or anything." Ummm, that is correct, ma'am. I'm about as run of the mill German-American as they come. So what pray tell does that have to do with the price of peas in Persopolis?
Anyway, the supportive families thought it was over the top, too. One, who is Indian, asked if that meant that his daughter and the little girl whose family is Japanese were expected to start lessons too.
The final kicker was when Liese announced that she wanted to be an Engineer just like her daddy. The woman just shook her head and walked away.:rolleyes:
I guess I'm just a mean old mommy, making her do all the horrible things she asks to do.:cool: