So DD 9 decided she wants to play guitar too (warning, shameless brag)...

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So DD 9 decided she wants to play guitar too (warning, shameless brag)...
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Mon, 12-19-2011 - 4:47pm
DH played the background guitar music to an Adele song DD likes yesterday evening, and she said she wanted to play it herself. DH was like, "it's too hard..." but DD said, "just show me!" Within ten minutes she was playing it. Then today she decided she would learn to play guitar after dinner. DD 13 spent ten minutes showing her how to read the notes in the beginner's guitar book, then DD 9 took over on her own. She played different songs for half an hour without knowing or practicing them beforehand, then announced that she could sing and play at the same time (most of the songs have lyrics to them.) And she did... For another hour. She ended up working her way through more than half the book before going to bed. Most of those songs were completely new tunes for her. I'm just floored that she worked her way through six months or more of guitar in one evening with very little guidance.

She now wants to play guitar. And since her last violin lesson, when she got to pick out some tunes on the piano, she has been bugging me to buy her a piano for Christmas. When I warned her that she might be shooting her hopes too high (bit of irony that went completely ignored, BTW) she announced she was going to save her allowance. She gets about a dollar a week, lol.

I'm proud of her and her passion for music, though. The kid just can't help it.

Anyone else have any brag moments to share? C'mon, I want to hear about your kids too!
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Keyboards can be really reasonable and there are always tons of used ones for a steal. Of course, she may have her hands full already but keyboards are useful to have around whether you play or not. Guitars are great too... nice social and independant instruments. Fun for her to get into especially since it sounds like a couple other family members play too!

DS 11 has been "brag worthy" I suppose lol. He just earned his Black Belt in Tae Kwon do which I think may be the accomplishment he's most proud of to date. He made honor roll in middle school which again, big deal... not because he has any struggles with the work but because he's super disorganized and known for just putting in the bare minimum effort. The first month was plagued with missing assignments he'd just fogotten to turn in. He has really turned it around and I admit, I never expected he'd be one of those "all A" kids.... again, not because of ability but because of temperment.

I'm always proud of DD 14 too but no tangible milestones at the moment. I guess I could say I'm amazed at how fantastic she's been at work. She is a classroom aide at her youth theatre. It's difficult to GET the jobs and requires about a year of training and interning (with no pay) before you can even interview for a paying position. She's been getting postive feedback from staff and parents every session. This session, I guess 2 parents specifically asked what class she would be aiding so they could sign their kids up for it..... apparantly she's a pro with behavioral issues. Who knew?

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Turtletime, I've been trying to persuade DH to let us get a secondhand keyboard, but he's insisting on waiting until we can afford "something proper." I want to learn piano too, so we'll have to see what we can manage in the next six months.

A black belt in tae kwon do is really an accomplishment, as are straight A's! And your DD sounds like a treasure at her current job - she must really be in her element. It's not easy working with kids when you're just fourteen and not really on the other side of kid-dom yourself, so bravo!
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Wow, that's awesome! Best of luck supporting her newfound interests!

My brags...

Dd17, who had Selective Mutism as a youngster and has continued to struggle with approaching strangers to advocate for herself, seems to have overcome all this. She's living on her own as an "unsupervised minor" in a large city a long way away, and is dealing with recalcitrant service providers in an assertive and respectful manner. She's getting results for herself, managing to convince people that their rule-following is counter-productive to the intent of their business or service and should be worked around. She's calling a spade a spade, standing up and advocating for her needs without fear or trepidation, and people are taking her seriously and making things work for her. This was my one big fear for her as she launched into early independent living, that she wouldn't be able to manage these trouble-shooting tasks of daily living. But no ... she's nailed it.

Ds15 and dd13 finished the school term with straight A's in their first schooling experiences. Dd13 got 100% in math and ds15 managed to get 100% in English. More to the point four different teachers have made the point of pulling me aside to rave about what wonderful additions they are to the school community in terms of their passions, their supportiveness of fellow students and their creative energy. Nice to have our unschooling approach validated.

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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She's living on her own as an "unsupervised minor" in a large city a long way away, and is dealing with recalcitrant service providers in an assertive and respectful manner. She's getting results for herself, managing to convince people that their rule-following is counter-productive to the intent of their business or service and should be worked around

Given how many kids a few years older than she is struggle in the relatively guided life of a college dorm, this is hugely impressive! What a great life skill to have and develop!

Theresa

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I agree, it's awesome that your daughter is able to have this empowering experience. Good for her!