Even though there are so many ways for the teeniest little guys to participate in group activities, we never did any of those with the girls when they were small. No music groups, or tumbling classes, or toddler sports. They were in daycare all day, and they sang and played and walked around the neighborhood and went to concerts in the park, so their enrichment opportunities were wide and varied. Plus, we weren’t ready to commit to the afternoons and evenings and weekends that a lot of those activities require.
So we held off on everything until kindergarten for both girls, but now kindergarten, round two is here, and this is what our life looks like.
This does not include girl scouts or sunday school or aerial arts or the wide variety of science, art, sport, music, computer sci, sewing, or drama camps going on in the summer months, plus the French, robotics, cooking, and rocket making after school clubs during the school year. It’s a constant balancing act of time and talent and determination, tempered with a fair amount of money sense and reality checks.
The photo above represents the current Big Four. Violin, soccer, swimming and dance. Violin is part of the school curriculum for the little one (hurray!), but now we’re trying to figure out how to continue private lessons on for the older one outside of school.
I don’t generally end a post with a comment prompt, but I’m truly curious about what your extra-c calendar looks like these days. We’ve coasted for the last six years with only one girl’s activities to manage; now we’ve got two, and if we thought the little one might not be quite as “engaged” as the older one for a few years… well, we hadn’t seen her play goalie or put on tap shoes or pick up the violin yet. Yowsers.