My 1st Easter Party as a Parent

Over 60 families wiggled, jiggled, nibbled, hopped, bounced and socialised today for the annual Mini Me Time Easter parties!. Were you one of them? did you LOVE it? I did and It was brilliant, it always is, classes are fun but there’s something great about the big events, whether as a parent or an instructor there’s always a buzz at the parties and its always a lot of fun (and work) for those involved.

I loved it more so as this year as we actually got to attend as a regular family; having fun and getting out groove on, it was my 1st as a parent…Ive been one almost 5 year but usually an Easter party for me involves smiling so much it takes a good 24hrs to get your face back to normal and dancing and wiggling so over the top that you pull muscles! I can usually be spotted in a yellow Tshirt with Daisy, enjoying it all far too much! They can be very tiring but its just part of the job as an instructor.

I thought today would be different; less tiring and less moving, but other than stood at the front with Daisy and sporting a “Mini Me Time” tshirt it wasn’t much different at all. You see when you have been an instructor its VERY hard to blend in as a regular parent, you know too many moves, too many words and just the flow of every thing! So whilst parents helped their kids with the instruments, I had a shaker in each hand going for it, When its time to tidy up I grab and fold the parachute (its just habit) and when we (the kids) had to hop like bunnies ..well…
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It wasn’t til half way through the session that I realised how extrovert we former instructors are, how my behaviour, singing and grooving wasn’t at all to the extent of other parents and at times it was a little awkward for me but it became evident that you can no longer attend a session with your kids and not give it 100% performance. I realised most parents sit and help their kids where as ours are mostly up at the front moving and grooving as vigorously as we are. I noticed in one pic I took 2 out of the 3 kids belong to former instructors and the mum behind, going for it?
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Another give away is how our kids are over zealous with the lycra and parachute, 1st to grab the buckets and tell other kids its time to tidy up and think they have a right to as many flap jacks as they wish! It really is kind of awkward but a lot of fun too. We find it funny (but secretly love) that we know all the words, all of the moves and the general structure. I love that this gives my kids confidence around their peers and in a room filled with people and I love that we had an absolutely brilliant time at the Easter party.
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So if you are training to be an instructor or plan on attending as a parent just know there’s no going back and your family will never be the same again. If you are just a regular “Mini Me Time” family then next time you attend any session (especially the big ones) I encourage you to get into it a little more, wiggle and jiggle as if you had Daisy and move and grove like no ones watching..its A LOT of fun and your kids are at the age where they think your cool and then me and a few others won’t appear so socially awkward or over the top. Thanks!

Mary x 

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About Mary @TheHeartyLife

The Hearty life is an award nominated blog written by me Mary; a wife and stay at home mum of 3, living in beautiful Yorkshire! It is the story of our life's adventures together... the place where I share the highs and lows of life after baby loss, my loves, our travels & day to day adventures, & the general banter of family life as we seek for a Joyful and "hearty" life together!
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