Tis the season to be jolly...but first you have to survive the school play. These tips should help you avoid any trouble and ensure it is a wonderful occasion for all involved.
Smile when your child tells you their part in the performance - there can only be one Mary and Joseph. Your child might already feel left out so don’t make it worse. It will still be great fun even for the child (cloud) holding the cotton wool over the stable or the parents of the little boy in a green jumper pretenting to be a tree.
Don't spend a lot on costumes
Spend enough time (and money) on the costume as everyone else. No one wants to be embarrassed, not your child and not any other child either. Talk to other parents and agree to be sensible.
Make sure you invite the Grandparents and any significant others but don’t demand that they go. Let them know when the show is on but put no pressure on them attending. If they do, great. If they don’t, be thankful they have plenty of other things to do. Just don’t make the mistake of NOT inviting them!
Thank the teacher
After the show find time to thank the teacher. You know how hard it is to get your kids to perform at family gatherings. Multiply that by thirty kids and a much larger audience. The teacher had to spend 8 weeks teaching little Johnny to say “There are no rooms at the inn” and he still said “There is no room to sin”. And you have it on camera!
Or chocolate. Or the playground. Or wherever and whatever you do to reward your kids. It was a brilliant show. They all worked very hard. Do something to celebrate with them. You’ll miss it when they grow up so enjoy it now. It is Christmas after all.