Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Mass. Confusion
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Okay, so here is our situation. DD attends Karate right now. She is enrolled 'full-time' which means unlimited classes, but this is really supposed to be like 2 classes a week, versus 'part-time' which is just 1 (but is about 75% the cost). She loves it. She was very shy and hesitant to try any activities before starting karate a year ago - we gave it a try because her friends went there and I thought she might be more willing to go to a class with her friends. I was right and soon and it only took a couple classes and she was hooked. the school is amazing, the classes are a great mix of physical activity (and just fun games which help teach hand & eye coordination) and teaching the martial arts, but they also teach greater values which aren't necessarily taught in school. They emphasize respect, kindness, etc. They talk about stranger danger all the time. I love how these classes are shaping her as a person, and she loves them too. We generally go 2 days a week after school (she is in half-day afternoon kindergarten), but DD often begs me to stay for a second class, so sometimes its as many as 4 classes a week. She is not any more tired after 2 classes and school and asks every other day of the week if today is a karate day. Since Karate doesn't have seasons or sessions its ongoing.
But she also asks about other activities. She asked me today when she was going to get to take ice skating lessons, she's asked about gymnastics and she did soccer (1 day a week - 90 min on sat) in the fall and wanted to sign up again in the spring. In addition, she hasn't yet learned to swim (very hesitant to get her face wet), but I'd like her too. Also, she seems to have a natural musical talent and my family is all over me about when we are going to get her music lessons (I'd like to get them for her too - she can play simple tunes on my moms piano with absolutely no instruction).
Attending 2 karate classes a week and soccer on Saturday did not seem to be too much for her - she'd probably be fine with an activity every day. Of course for me its much harder, I have to drag her little brother to any class taught during the week, and he isn't super keen on going, at the same time, he isn't interested yet in participating in anything either. And of course cost is a factor, the karate is not cheap, soccer is fairly cheap, but we can't spend tons of money on this stuff.
So I'm just torn on what to do for her. She's very athletic and has plenty of endurance and excitement for these activities. I love what karate does for her and don't want to drop it, so I'm just trying to get a feel for how to choose between them. She wants to do all of them and I know that forcing a choice out of her would probably result in a random one, or just abandoning the old activities so she can try the new. The other problem is many of these activities, like soccer require significant advance registration, soccer doesn't start until April, but I paid the registration in November.
Anyway, these are the things I'm thinking about and I just wanted to see how others viewed the whole thing.
Mightymoo - Mom to DD (6) and DS (4)