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To not treat both DDs the same?

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Vaudeville Sun 28-Dec-14 20:00:01

Long story short, I have entered DD2 (8) for a talent competition - she is very outgoing, confident & interested in this area as she loves performing. DM has disapproved as I have not put DD1 (10) forward as well.

DD1 is very talented clever girl (I know their mother so will say that about both DDs) but she has struggled with severe anxiety & behavioural issues over last 2 years so I would not feel happy signing her up for something she could maybe not cope with or feel under more pressure, however if she expressed a desire to do the same or another activity I would support her.

AIBU to encourage one in something without including the other (without drip feeding I don't think DM's reaction would have been the same if I'd signed DD1 up for something and not DD2 but that's by the by, they are individuals right?)

RandomMess Sun 28-Dec-14 20:02:36

Yes they are individuals and you treat them fairly which is NOT treating them same smile

Goingintohibernation Sun 28-Dec-14 20:04:10

YANBU. There is no point in trying to treat two different people the same. As long as DD2 gets equal opportunities, they don't have to do the same things.

LIZS Sun 28-Dec-14 20:05:28

As long as you also look for opportunities for dd1 I don't see the problem. You will have more issues if you pit one against the other all the time.

Meow75 Sun 28-Dec-14 20:08:29

I was like your DD1, and I would NOT have thanked you for entering me in that competition. Perhaps you could have a conversation with DDs when your DM is there that would show her (DM) that you have made the correct decision because of how well you know your daughters.

skylark2 Sun 28-Dec-14 20:09:24

Why didn't you ask both of them if they wanted to do the competition?

By 8 or 10 I think both kids should be deciding whether it's something they want to do, not you "signing them up" or not based on what you think they would or wouldn't be good at.

So no, I don't think you've treated either of them fairly.

Vaudeville Sun 28-Dec-14 20:11:30

Thank you! DD2 used to love the whole singing/dancing malarkey but it's not her thing now, I just don't buy in to this what you do for one you do for the other whether they like it or not (as long as they are both being supported in their interests).

Vaudeville Sun 28-Dec-14 20:17:03

skylark DD2 already asked to do it, DD1 didn't want to - she is actually a very good singer so I'm not deciding what they are good at but their personal preference as she hates attention but thanks for making our I was crapping on my child and her abilities hmm. My AIBU was with regards to my DM saying I shouldn't have signed one up and not the other regardless.

GretnaGreen Sun 28-Dec-14 20:19:06

I also think it depends on what they want so it sounds as if you've made the right decision.

Floggingmolly Sun 28-Dec-14 20:20:57

What sort of a talent competition?? What skylark said, really...

GlitzAndGigglesx Sun 28-Dec-14 20:21:25

Yanbu. My sister used to do karate and my mum never put me forward for it as I showed no interest in sporty things at the time. I would've said no anyway

Vaudeville Sun 28-Dec-14 20:27:04

Exactly Glitz, she's shown no interest, if she did I'd support her like I would in anything else.

erin99 Sun 28-Dec-14 20:32:26

I would actively ask DD1 if she wanted to do a different activity instead - your sister is doing x, do you fancy trying y or z? She might love to try drama, or rock climbing, or gym.

feelingfedupandold Sun 28-Dec-14 20:33:00

i got told years ago (and agree) that if kids (or anyone) says its not fair because x got such and such and y didnt - then being 'fair' isnt treating them both (or all) the same - being fair is giving each one what they need - and this may be more at one time for one person, and more at another time for a different one.

Vaudeville Sun 28-Dec-14 20:35:50

We are working through that erin as she's very much withdrawn into herself quitting guides and drama so I am looking for something non-intensive where she can feel relaxed enough to engage.

feelingfedupandold Sun 28-Dec-14 20:40:57

well i have 3 x sporty ones, and 4th DID sport
now as older teens the much less sporty one loves her art and books (and has been much much happier - sewing machine present at age 13 - 14? started her making bags, clothes etc - very creative)

2rebecca Sun 28-Dec-14 20:50:10

I agree with others that treating your children with equal consideration does not mean treating them identically as they are individuals with different talents and desires.
Too many younger kids get dragged along to older kids hobbies and end up doing it when they'd be better suited to something different.

Vaudeville Sun 28-Dec-14 20:57:27

Thank you 2rebecca, that's what I was getting at - they are both offered the same opportunities or whatever is suited to them but AFAIAA I did not give birth to clones - thanks for the useful comments from those who actually read the OP flowers

needaholidaynow Sun 28-Dec-14 20:58:38

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erin99 Sun 28-Dec-14 21:04:49

i hope you find the right thing for OP, whether now or later. Sounds like her taking up a hobby would be a big deal for her atm and they are not compulsory. Maybe she could have a bit of a treat and one to one time while DD2 is busy - cinema trip or whatever.

My 2 do completely different activities, and while it's a pain for me I do think it's good for them.

SorchaN Sun 28-Dec-14 21:56:36

My two daughters also have different personalities - one is outgoing and loves performing; the other is shy and hates being the centre of attention. I wouldn't dream of treating them the same with respect to performance opportunities!

McSqueezy Sun 28-Dec-14 22:04:30

My boys are different. One is very sporty and outgoing, the other is very awkward and more of a thinker (he likes maths, science, video games etc.).

I wouldn't encourage them to do the same things.

Frusso Sun 28-Dec-14 22:06:22

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WorraLiberty Sun 28-Dec-14 22:08:33

I don't get it

Why didn't your Mum take "Because she doesn't want to do it", as an acceptable answer? confused

Vaudeville Sun 28-Dec-14 22:33:16

Worra, without going into the whole family history it's probably for the same reasons she tries to outdo me on presents for kids & telling them I'm being a nag if I try to parent them (which I've massively put my foot down on this last year) plus been running theme all my life. I only speak to her as girls so close & we don't have much family.

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