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What Extra Activities Do Your Kids Do?

By Christine.Coppa |

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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Christine Coppa is the author of Rattled! (Broadway Books, 2009), the creator of's Storked blog and a freelance fashion market editor. Her son, Jack, is 5 and they hail from North NJ. Her work has appeared in Glamour, First for Women, Redbook and Parenting among other publications.

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3 thoughts on “What Extra Activities Do Your Kids Do?

  1. jessica says:

    My son wasn’t that interested in t ball this year, but soccer he really enjoys. I think because he is moving the whole time. Now soccer is the first sport he is playing since kindergarten started and with being a single mom working I grateful to my mother and Connors friends parents who take him to practice during the week. When winter hits Swimming lessons on sat inside n inside soccer. I know school is long for him and daycare after until I get out of work, but sports teach him things a book cant. Commitment,teamwork, self-esteem and being a good sport if you win or lose as long as you gave 100% doesn’t matter. More active the better, but in the same token some parents push to much. It should be fun :) and when my little man is happy mommy is extra happy!!

  2. Charismaga says:

    My daughter is 4, and I have her in a dance class that’s a combo of tap/ballet/tumbling. She loves it! She’s also in a phonics class at her daycare center as well that she takes during the day at school. I don’t have her in more activities due to financial reasons, but even if I had more money, working full-time, I don’t know that I would have her in more than one after school activity at once. She has long days and is a bit of a homebody like I am. I think more than one activity a week may be too much for her. She loves her dance class right now so it’s a great fit for her.

  3. LHC says:

    My brothers did Tae Kwon Do as kids and my baby brother (no longer, we’re all adults now) got up to Black Belt Level by age 8. Tae Kwon Do is very good for exercise, discipline, self control, and how to stand up to bullies. My brothers went to a great school where they were taught to fight only when they’re trapped or surrounded – always walk away / run first. If you choose to let JD pursue it further, don’t advertise that he knows those skills since he can be viewed as a human weapon.

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