Activities for kids

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Activities for kids
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Mon, 06-27-2011 - 11:39am
Moms, what activities are your kids enrolled in? What do you wish you future little one(s) would do?

First timers, what activities have you thought about?

What did you all do as a child?


I did violin, piano, swimming lessons, figure skating during the winter, soccer during summers and crafts for one year. It sounds like a lot, but I never felt busy, enjoying many hours playing outside with my sibling.

I wish that my future daughter(s) would pick between figure skating, ballet and gymnastics, and that my future son(s) would choose hockey or football. I want both genders to learn how to swim and pick one summer sport and one winter one. I want both to try playing one or two musical instruments, do arts and crafts if they wish and even scouts perhaps!

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Mon, 06-27-2011 - 2:43pm

Fun topic! :)

I really wasn't overbooked with lessons and activities as a child, but when I start to list them all out it sounds like a lot! I had piano lessons, and


 


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Mon, 06-27-2011 - 4:34pm

Great question!

We didn't have the money to do too much as kids, although we did have a swimming pool so that helped alot.

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Tue, 06-28-2011 - 9:57am
Thank you, Melissa! I agree that most boys need sports. They need to be active and feel part of a team. That's smart to be summer sport free! I know many parents dread the soccer season. I loved figure skating, but I ended up at the level of private lessons and my parents couldn't afford them...

E: I agree that I would want our kids to be happy in what they choose to do. My sibling and I heard our oldest sibling play violin for a year and we both begged my parents for lessons, jumping up and down! At my first concert at 4, I ended up repeating the song I was playing with variations until my dad had to get me off stage, LOL!

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Wed, 06-29-2011 - 9:08am
That's hilarious about your violin concert :)

I don't want my kids to be too overscheduled, which is seems to me a lot of kids are now. My parents couldn't afford a ton of organized activities, but taught us to entertain ourselves and be creative. The ones I did do were gymnastics for a couple of years (elementary school) baseball one year, Girl Scouts all growing up. I thought Scouts was very important in the middle/high school years because it teaches independence and had great camaraderie. I loved camping, etc.

Ideally, I would like my kids to do some type of sport so they stay active, which I did not and was always overweight. If it's dance, skating, fencing, martial arts, or a traditional team sport, whatever they end up interested in. Lessons like that are expensive though, so I'm not sure we could keep it up all the time.

I think it's important that develop social skills in high school that come through social activities - I did theater; lots of my friends were in band.
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Thu, 06-30-2011 - 2:28pm
Lol, my dad keeps telling the story to this day! I was very musically inclined and still am, having gone to college in music.

I agree that it's important not to overschedule them. Theater sounds like fun! Here, the government helps for sports activities up to $500 a year per child to encourage kids to be active.

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Thu, 06-30-2011 - 11:45pm

Well, my oldest just finished tball. He played last year too. I also signed him up for soccer, which will begin in the fall. My little one is only two, so he will start sports next spring. When Mason was a baby we did a sign language class. That was a lot of fun! He picked up on it pretty quickly, too. I also did a Kindermusik class with him, but he wasn't really into it. Other then that, we just play outside pretty much all day everyday. They love riding their bikes, playing in the sand, playing in the hose/pool, catching bugs, all that boy stuff. I also try to take them out and about a few times a week. We go to the zoo, park, pool, science center, ect. Since I stay home, I like to keep them busy. Not "over scheduled" by any means. We usually don't have a schedule. We pretty much just let the day take us where it wants now that Mason is on summer break from pre school.

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Sat, 07-02-2011 - 9:05am

I'm OK with them trying anything once, to see if they like it.

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Mon, 07-11-2011 - 9:12pm

DS has been in swimming lessons (I go in with him) since he was 6 months old.

~Em~

Mommy to Nate and expecting a little girl Nov. 2012