Pole dancing classes for kids

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I have a video of Ellie dancing to Someday My Prince Will Come when she was about 3 years old. I don't know where she learned these moves, but in the video, she writhes around on the floor like Madonna and ends the song stretched out on the couch with one leg up in the air. If you listen carefully, you can hear me trying not to laugh while filming her. I might have been stifling my giggles, but inside I was also a little bit alarmed. She didn't know what she was doing, but the whole performance just looked a little too suggestive for my comfort.

Ellie is one of those kids who thinks she wants to grow up fast. She can't wait to have long fingernails, wear high heels and even has her eye on a kid-sized cocktail-looking dress she spotted at Macy's recently. She's never heard of pole-dancing, but if she had, I know she would want to try it. That will happen over my dead body.

I am not the only one who finds it inappropriate for little girls to mimic strippers in the name of exercise. In Australia, pole-dancing classes are offered for children as young as seven years old and this has critics accusing those who run the classes of "sexualizing young children."

The Australian Family Association's spokeswoman, Angela Conway, says, "There are plenty of exercise tools out there. Why choose a pole, the classic phallic symbol of the pornographic world."

But the parents and kids who support it say there is nothing sexual about it and that it is just a fun way to get some exercise and build up strength. Since I haven't personally seen a child pole-dancing, I can't really say whether or not it looks sexual, but I just don't see how it wouldn't. Would you let your child take a pole dancing class?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.