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Dancing On Ice’s Saira Khan says show changed her parenting style from tiger mum to pussycat

Sunday Mirror columnist Saira Khan with dance partner Mark HanrettyGet celebs updates directly to your inboxSubscribeSee our privacy noticeMore canada goose outlet 80 off newslettersWhen I decided to take part in Dancing on Ice, my game plan apart from learning to skate was canada goose outlet vip to earn some money, wear canada goose outlet toronto location some sparkly leotards and maybe get the famous skaters’ bum, if I managed to stay in long enough.What I wasn’t expecting was to get a radical upgrade for my frankly canada goose outlet toronto factory below par parenting skills.You see, I’ve always favoured the tiger mum approach to learning new skills set the bar high andthe volume of my “encouragement” even higher.But while I’ve always been canada goose outlet ontario keen canada goose outlet uk fake for my kids canada goose outlet montreal to excel at any activity canada goose jacket outlet on offer, until I canada goose outlet uk sale strapped on my skates a few weeks ago, I hadn’t realised I’d been coasting along in my own comfort zone for years.I’d developed into a creature of habit I did the same sort of work, went on holiday to the same places, met up with the same old friends and never once thought of learning anything new. Until I reported for duty at my local ice rink.The show producers had signed me up for an aptly named crash skating course, which is the norm for total beginners.Bring It On’s Gabrielle Union welcomes baby girl via surrogate after IVF battleWhen the show launches in January you’ll see canada goose outlet buffalo me dancing with the lovely Scottish ice dancer Mark Hanretty.But the poor chap tasked with getting me show ready was an ex canada goose outlet website legit British canada goose uk champion canada goose outlet in uk called Jason Blomfield, who was given 30 hours to stop me looking like a wounded duck sliding across a frozen pond.I was beyond nervous. All of a sudden I felt like a schoolgirl again that gauche canada goose outlet official knock kneed child on the netball court, wearing the wrong kit, bungling the catch, not quite sure of the rules.But I haven’t knocked around the world of business for most of my adult goose outlet canada life without developing a thick skin, so I steeled myself for some world class criticism and maybe a few sharp taunts.And guess what? It didn’t happen.Instead Jason showed me nothing but positivity, gentle encouragement, endless patience when I screwed up, well timed coffee breaks when my bottom lip started to wobble and heaps of praise on the rare occasions I managed to finally get something right.If I’d have been canada goose outlet in Jason’s skates, I’d have told me: “Why am I bothering if you won’t pay attention?”How having a NAP in the afternoon can help you to lose weightBut thankfully, he comes from a different tradition of teaching, one with clear instructions, endless demonstrations of what he wanted me to do and a lot of repetition.Gradually I began to let go of my pride, put my trust in him and re laxed. As soon as that happened, I started to see improvements in my confidence and my skating. I found myself looking forward to the next lesson and pushing myself so I could reward Jason’s faith in me.Then it dawned on me that canada goose outlet paypal I was getting canada goose kensington parka uk better because, without me even noticing, he had created a learning environment that would result in me being happy with my progress, no matter how long it took.It was a teaching method that had turned him into a world champion, and now I was getting the benefit.It was a lightbulb moment. One in which my own parenting style began to look more like bullying than encouragement.I’m afraid I wasn’t always kind or patient when I’ve been “helping” my two with their homework or trying to teach them to swim or ride a bike.I’ve been all too quick to roll my eyes, sigh theatrically or even shout when they canada goose outlet belgium screw up. And unsurprisingly, it didn’t do a lot for their self esteem or wish to carry on learning.I’ve actually apologised to them for that.I’m sure there will still be times when using a firm hand is the way to go. But from now on I shall be reinforcing the positives and celebrating the little steps.

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