Dancing versus Sports? It’s a no brainer!
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- Published on Saturday, 16 July 2022 11:22
- Last Updated on 13 July 2022
- Monica Costa
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If we look at the history of human kind, we can see that dance is as ancient as animal life, including mating dances and intimidation displays, known to us from documentaries.
Dancing is a powerful form of communication. It is also an easy and effective way to bond with other people socially and for parents to create a special connection with their babies.
The study finds that the average busy mother spends 63 days straight ferrying her kids to and from their classes, events and hobbies during their childhood.
Between the ages of 4-16, taking kids to sports and dance classes and watching them perform adds up to a huge 1,498 hours. The study was carried among 1,000 mother figures across the UK, which includes Mums, grandmothers and female carers. It reveals the time and effort parents put into their children’s hobbies – and the bonding benefits this brings.
Despite the long hours spent, most guardians say taking their kids to their hobbies helps them bond with their child, with 8 in 10 saying they look forward to this time spent together.
The study reveals a huge 7 out of 10 mother figures say their children are more open and honest when chatting on the way to and from their hobbies. Further still, over half (53%) of parents say they have the most in-depth conversations with their children during this time.
Focusing on a hobby together has many additional benefits when it comes to parent/child bonding:
· 64% of mother figures say they have their child’s full attention
· 67% find it easier to talk to their children
· 65% feel like their child has so much to tell them after attending classes
· Over 6 in 10 parents love spending time travelling to and from classes
Developmental psychologist and Certified Family Life Educator, Kate Monahan, discussed why hobbies can help bonding:
“Spending time travelling to and from afterschool hobbies is never wasted time. When parents support their children’s interests, by travelling to and from events, parents show?that they care about their child and support their passions. Plus, during periods of time without direct eye contact, such as in the car, children are more open and honest communicators. This means that travel times are beautiful moments of disclosure and deep conversation. This helps to build a close, positive relationship between the parent and child.”
Over the past 12 months, I have learnt that specific dancewear and shoes are essential to improve my skills.
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On BLOCH website I also found accessories like practical bags to carry my shoes to dancing events.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums