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How can I help my toddler listen in dancing class?

My daughter is 25 months old and has never been to nursery school- she really has no interaction with other children (I don't have friends with children or relatives). She started dancing lessons and is in a small class and she will not follow direction. The other children are able to do the steps with the teachers, line up against the wall and sit down; my daughter knocked over a trash can four times today and seems to be in her own world.

Submitted by mmc648935

Your daughter is really quite young and inexperienced to be expected to follow directions from a stranger, in a class full of other kids. I would bet that the class you're describing actually has older children in it, in addition to 2-year-olds. A class full of 2-year-olds doesn't look like a classroom of ballerinas -- usually, it looks more like a teacher herding a bunch of cats wearing tutus. They're all over the place! And that's normal.

The fact that your daughter doesn't have much experience with other children -- or teachers -- certainly doesn't help. But your goal is for your daughter to have a fun experience in a social, learning situation -- learning "real" ballet isn't important at this age. The best kind of class for a 2-year-old is one where parents can join in and give encouragement and help in following along in class. Make it fun for both of you -- that's the key here.

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