(Originally Published by the Radio City Rockets)

If you’re new mama to the dance world, here’s how you can help your dancer succeed and still be their number one fan without becoming a momzilla:

1. Always say “thank you”
People call these the magic words for a reason. Using them sets a good example for your dancer and makes their path smoother every step-ball-change of the way.

2. Show good sportsmanship
Acknowledge any great performance when you see it and your dancer will follow suit. Here are 11 ways your dancer can be a good sport at their next rehearsal, performance or competition.

3. Follow their lead
Give your dancer choices (and a voice!) and don’t force them to stick with something they’re not interested in. Only kick things up a notch only when their commitment and interest is there.

4. Don’t blame your dancer if they don’t “win”
It’s important to always nurture your kiddo’s passion, win or lose.

5. Be the parent, not the coach
Your encouragement and empathy is important to your child’s success, but leave the constructive criticism to their teacher.

6. Use the 24-hour rule
Dying to speak up or speak out? Wait a day, think about your approach, then decide if it’s necessary.

7. Check yourself
Are you “living the dream” through your little showstopper? Do the highs and lows affect you more than her? If so, take a step back, mama.

8. Put family first
Your dancer AND the other members of your at-home crew must top your list above chasing the limelight. Always.