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...continued from 21 attention. One lady even fashioned earplugs out of toilet paper from the bathroom to see if that would console my children. However, I was not going to let the kids win this battle. Just about everything I do on a day-to-day basis is for these kids and I firmly believe they should be able to sit (outside in a park-like setting) for a half hour while I careen about. We were in a battle here (me versus the kids) and I wasn’t about to back down. Besides, I was thoroughly enjoying my personal Soul Train moment.

And the Winner Is… I finished the class. The kids continued to cry all the way to the car. I strapped them in and drove home in silence. As we pulled into the driveway, I locked the car doors (yes, I did) and delivered a massive lecture while they were still strapped into their car seats. The short version of my speech involved the fact that I sit through many activities that

would not be my choice to participate in (I may have gone a little too far and mentioned the soccer field where we were religiously spending every Saturday) and proceeded to paint the picture of the reality that every moment in life isn’t going to be fun and pretty and happy. Sometimes you have to wait through lines. Sometimes you get stuck in traffic. Or you get a flat tire. Or you get your heart broken by a boy. Sometimes it rains and you need to make your own umbrella. And I realized that we (parents) construct our lives around keeping our children happy… at ALL times. This was a good lesson to give them – I thought. I was helping to get them more prepared for the real world by forcing them to sit outside my Zumba class (ridiculous statement, I know). My parental trump card was being delivered here, until one of my daughters looked at me and said, “But Mommy, we were just really scared because you looked so weird.” Yep (sigh), I shouldn’t dance.  

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osette Tkacik is a dancer. She began performing at the age of three and studied dance in St. Louis and New York where she attended Juilliard among other schools. She can be credited with teaching more than 500 ballet and technique classes. Josette’s Zumba Fitness classes incorporate a wide variety of dance moves for an hour-long session of fun. And even though my kids didn’t want to partake, there were many other children in her class that were having a blast. Josette’s energy is infectious for all ages. Go to for a schedule of classes.

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