I’ve done ballet since I was five and I’ve decided I don’t really like it any more (I’m 14 now). My mum is obsessed with me doing ballet and I don’t know how to tell her I don’t enjoy it any more. I feel like it’s too much pressure. I feel bad, though, because I know my parents have also spent lots of money on classes and costumes and stuff.
This can be difficult, especially when you know your mum and dad have invested so much into your ballet classes. It’s never fun feeling like you’re letting people down, especially if you’re already feeling like you have a lot of pressure on you. My advice is to tell your parents how you really feel. Instead of saying you don’t like your ballet any more, explain why. Tell them the pressures you’re feeling and the impact it’s having on your thoughts, emotions and life. Your parents sound very supportive of what’s important to you, so
I’m sure they have your best interests at heart. You never know – after some good time away from ballet, you might find you miss it and want to go back! Things change, interests change and your parents will understand this, even if it takes some time.