DD1 is 8, heading into 3rd grade. We know she is a bright child but no idea beyond that, she is dyslexic, has SPD, and struggles with anxiety. What she does do well is sports, lots of them. She rarely meets one she doesn't like. Because she does struggle in life in other areas, I've always felt it was important to let her do what she is good at.
She is on pre-team for gymnastics, swim team in the summer, snowboard team in the winter, she white-water kayaks, and then danced some for fun. These are the paired down sports, the ones she really loves. Today is what sent me over the edge. First week of a day dance camp and I get ambushed at the door by the instructor asking me if I had any idea how talented DD1 is. They want her for the dance team.
I feel like I already spent half my life in the car going from sport to another, she is the oldest of soon to be 4 children. DH stays late in town already many nights to pick her up from practices, it really eats into our limited family time. The other children that are old enough to do sports also do them, but obviously not at her level, and honestly most of them probably never will. Heck, the child already out boards many an adult, there is no way I could keep up with her anymore. I just can't say no, pick one sport, she has so much energy, never tires out, eats, sleeps and breathes her sports. If she isn't off doing one of them, then she is pestering us endlessly around the house. We've never pushed her, it has always been lead by her, she is one driven child. I don't doubt that she will end up as a serious athlete one day, which sport(s) will be the big question.
I know I can't be the only parent in this boat, struggling to balance one child's talents with the rest of the family.