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Cute Toddler on the Loose or Parenting Fail? (VIDEO)

The video below is making the rounds lately.

It’s of a young girl dancing at a recital who is clearly talented and very well-rehearsed. But the budding ballerina is not the main focus; it’s the toddler dressed as a fox who sneaks on stage and tries to emulate the older girl who steals the show.

In fact, the toddler is so enthralled with copying the little girl’s performance, she stays on stage for the entirety of the piece. To the young ballerina’s credit, she doesn’t break performance once and appears not to be distracted whatsoever. The audience never even lets out a snicker. And nobody tries to grab the little fox off the stage.

My first reaction to the video was, “Oh my god! That’s adorable!” But then I started thinking about it a little more.

Where were the fox’s parents? What if the little girl had been my daughter? Would I have been content to sit back and watch the shenanigans play out from my seat or would I be really embarrassed my toddler was ruining the performance and take her off the stage the second she made her first appearance?

My answer is definitely the latter. I’ve been in situations where my two-year-old is disruptive (like the time I tried to take her to her first movie and she started screaming at the screen) and I have always made it my business to try to get her to stay still or be quiet. If that doesn’t work, I remove her from the situation.

But then again, nobody seemed really bothered by the fox and the dancer still performed her piece to perfection. Plus, someone got a hilariously memorable moment of their daughter caught on video. And maybe the parent was afraid it would be even more disruptive to take their child off the stage because she would have put up a fight.

Maybe it’s me who has to relax and roll with it.

What would you have done if the fox was your little girl?


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