You can hardly hear yourself drink in our house these days with all the clapping and spelling going on.
Girl Kamikaze's newest burst of inspiration has taken her into the exclamation point-riddled world of the eighth-grade cheerleading squad. Go! Fight! Win!
She could not be any more excited. We could not be any more scheduled. But she is not the kind of girl who puts any stock in the concept of time as a finite resource. Which brings us to the first habit of a highly effective cheerleader:
1. Nonstop cheering: The basketball players may be limited to four quarters, but you can cheer anytime, practically anywhere. For home, school and your mom's office, nothing sets the mood like a cheer. Give me a P! Now please, get out of here.
2. Ponytail mastery: You can fling it, whip it, twirl it and top it with an enormous bow, but any way you comb it, your ponytail is the secret source of cheer power. Work it.
3. Twirl as if the game depended on it.
4. R-E-B-O-U-N-D: It's not enough to be able to spell it. From boyfriends to out-of-bound basketballs, a little grace here will serve you well, in middle school and beyond.
5. Curry favor with the referee. You never know when it's going to come down to one call.
6. Make sure the boys on the team understand that it isn't all about them. Ask them,"What time is the cheerleading game on Thursday?"
track of your uniform, including shoes and ponytail accessories your mom on speed dial.