When I was JD’s age I was a little blue Daisy (the step under a Brownie and Girl Scout). I also took ballet. This was on top of full-day Kindergarten. I remember always being excited about doing Daisy crafts and of course selling Girl Scout cookies. Then there was begging my mom to let me wear my ballet slippers to class. “No, they will get all scuffed up,” she’d say. Sometimes she let me wear them. I remember sitting in the back seat of the tan, almost nude colored Mercury (lol), my legs in pink tights dangling with ballet slippers secured on my feet; those little string tie bows, too. As a child, I liked to be busy and involved—and this has translated to my adult life too. I want the same for my son, but I also want him to pick his path. For now I just encourage him to try, try, try his best.
He’s been involved in our town’s Fall soccer program for three years and joined Tee Ball this past Spring. From what I gather Tee Ball is more his thing and soccer is more, “can I have a snack, a drink, I have to pee, I’m tired.”
Lately he’s been hardcore into Cartoon Network’s Ninjago. I allow him to watch some shows on this mature cartoon channel. This is why I gave him a karate theme birthday party. He had so much fun at the party that I signed him up for the three-month-trial. It was pretty cheap and came with an adorable uniform and “nun chucks” (oy). He took his first class on Saturday morning and his second this afternoon after school. He just loves it! (And night classes sure do poop him out!) Kid smiled from ear-to-ear the whole time. He loved working with a buddy—an older kid in the school and learning all of the exercises and moves. He even broke wood with his foot—go JD!
I’m excited JD is enjoying sports and karate. I’m looking into swim and art lessons for the winter. Brrrr.
What types of extra activities do your kids participate in? Do you ever feel like they don’t enjoy it? Is there something they love?
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