When Eric Christiansen
wasn't singing during his
young son's music class this spring, everybody knew it.
Lip synching?Not an option.Christiansen
, 29, was the only adult male in the room.The group was him, a female teacher and about eight women he'd never met before the weekly, 45-minute Kindermusik classes began.Although the Newport News resident wasn't surprised to be the lone dad, he
admits that he
was about as shy as his
2-year-old son, Rainer, on the first day.
"It does force you to come out of your shell," Christiansen
...Christiansen, a tennis coach with flexible hours, likes that his two boys - Rainer and baby Beck, born in May - will see a side of him that he never glimpsed in his father.
"My dad didn't do these things," said Christiansen
, who also attends mostly all-female play groups.
That's exactly why Christiansen
learned to love throwing his
bass voice into the mix during Rainer's music class."It's a unique position that I'm in, that I'm able to make these memories with my son," he