Running a family hooping business from home means that there’s little-to-no separation between hooping and our family life. And that works for us just fine! Lafayette (we call her Laffy) may have just celebrated her first birthday, but she’s already played with more hoops than many adults will ever see. 6 year-old Navi is often a source of inspiration for this column and now declares she wants to “make hoops” like her daddy and me when she grows up. This week I found myself thinking about how other parents weave their hooping lives into their family lives. And more specifically, I wondered how their hooping practice informs their parenting. I posed the question online and got some incredibly thoughtful (and thought-provoking) answers. No surprise, the family that hoops together has a whole lot of fun together. But as it turns out, they get much, much more. Read on for some downright inspirational stories.
Greensboro School of Creativity writes, “I found myself faced with a hard choice a few years ago. One of the questions I was asking myself was, ‘Did I have what it takes to be a hoop dance teacher?’ Fear had a hold on me and was telling me, ‘NO!’ I pushed on, key word here ‘pushed’, but it was not working out the way I had hoped. Fear and doubt were still there looking over my shoulder. So I asked my hoop teachers, and they encouraged me. They reminded me of the things they saw in me, the things I had been overlooking. It was at that moment I decided to let go. We adults have these things that we have accomplished in our lives, our jobs, buying a car or home, places we traveled to, but a lot of us have put our inner child in time out. By letting go, I allowed my whole self to come out. When I refer to my whole self, I’m speaking in part of my inner child. I really like this connection; by allowing our inner child to play, we allow ourselves to put down our walls, our barriers that keep other people at bay and just play. Play like when we were 7 or what ever age fits the time for you. When we thought about how fun it was to play with our friends and we told them. We expressed our joy without fear of what someone would think or say. I was connected to a greater peace; I was connected to my whole self.” Give Hooping a Try. Richard lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA.Richard Hughes at the