The Benefits of TA-DA! -- Part I

September 17, 2014 8:53 PM

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The Benefits of TA-DA! -- Part I

Last week I was speaking to a lovely group in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. I was telling them about my niece's first gym competition. At the time she was 9 and I was (and still am) a very doting and enthusiastic aunt! In between exercises (which I must say were not that exciting and seemed to me to consist of them just standing on the balance beam and holding onto the parallel bars and letting go) she would sit on the floor with her "best" friend.

I had cheered silently -- but very visibly -- every time she did anything as I was so proud and thought that the recognition would secretly be loved. Well, after a little while of me doing the thumbs up and smiling enthusiastically and mouthing "excellent!" she turned to her little friend and whispe...

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