While our children are younger, we have been trying to expose them to a variey of activities: dance, team sports, drama, art, bookclubs, individual sports, etc. We (obviously) don't schedule all this at once, but over the years we try to give them opportunities if something seems to interest them.
Now my oldest is getting older (11 1/2). It has been clear for a while now that her interests primarily lie in the performing arts. She now has the opportunity to audition for a dance team that will compete at a national level--with one "big travel" event during the year and a couple "small travel" events (day trips) during the year. She really wants to do this. I would like to let her try. But, part of me wonders if it is too soon to "focus" that much attention to one activity. Sure, she will do other stuff, but since dance and theater are "her things"-- I don't see where she would have time to differentiate as much anymore.
I know of some people who are very sports driven and their kids are traveling for soccer at age 8. We (as a family) have thought that 8 is too young for that kind of dedication. However, figuring out the "magical age" where it suddenly seems right is hard.
So, for those of you who have a child with a very strong interest in a specific activity, at what age did your dc start really focusing on it. . . how many hours/week did this require. . . how expensive did it get. . . and if you had it to do over again, would you change anything?