For interest: What out-of-school activities do your children do?
Melissa - posted on 08/09/2010
13 year old boy, with PDD_NOS has done many things over the years: boy scouts, basketball camps, YMCA camp, church camp, church youth group, tae-kwan-do, wrestling, swimming lessons, he really hasn't stuck to anything long term, but loves the short term camps!
My 8 yr. old daughter: soccer, basketball, girlscouts, dance, summer camps, drama productions, swimming lessons
14 month old: ECFE classes, goes to the community center to swim with us
Stacey - posted on 08/07/2010
I think its a good idea to keep kids busy..but however i dont think they should be toooo busy just because they are bored. family time is very important. I think a huge chunk of America has lost that value really these days. Perhaps I am old fashion eh.
Mary - posted on 08/07/2010
11 yr does running club (trains for and participates in 5k's) both fall and spring, guitar lessons but now she's in band for school so we're stopping that one, gymnastics class once a week, basketball in winter.
6 (almost 7) yr old does karate 2x a week, cub scouts, soccer fall and spring, wrestling in winter. I have to keep both of them in a few activities all the time otherwise they get horribly bored, neither of them is big on sitting and watching tv or playing games but only an hour or 2 a day.
Rachel - posted on 08/06/2010
I have 4 kids, 2 are school age and 1 in jr high.. my youngest is only 1.5.
We do girl scouts, tball, softball, baseball, football, basketball and hopefully my daughters wants to do dance/pom poms.
Everything is seasonal all yr round. So they have at least 1 activity during winter, spring and summer.
Michelle - posted on 08/05/2010
My son who is 9 loves to dance and has been doing so for the last 7 years, because of the level he is at it does take up a fair bit of our time but we also are putting him in cub scouts so that he can meet other little boys as we just moved and he wants to play soccer in the fall. In the summer he takes swimming lessons.
Tyler - posted on 08/03/2010
My son is only six, so I only let him do one sport in a season. In the summer he likes to take swimming classes. The YMCA is an affordable option also. During the school year he has tried soccer and basketball, and liked them both. But he also just likes to go for a bike ride too.
My son is in Taekwondo year round, he does Little League Baseball in the spring, and Swim team in the summer. He does not do anything (except Taekwondo) in the Fall b/c we do a lot of traveling for holidays and a lot of family birthdays fall during that season, so it's just too busy.
He and I have "adopted" some grandparents at our local nursing home--we just visit them about once a week, and help organize events.
He wants to take piano, but I am undecided. I try hard not to put him in too many things at one time, b/c I see so many "over scheduled" kids and I notice when he is too busy he becomes unfocused, clumsy and rather cranky too....I would love for him to learn music, but I just don't know when we could fit it in...
Angie - posted on 08/01/2010
17 year old son - Work, work, work. Volunteers at church and takes a class there. He'd do more but he's in 3 sports and 2 clubs at school and has no time for anything else.
12 year old daughter - Soccer, softball, church classes, and reading. She is also the family baker (everything from scratch.
9 year old daughter - Softball, church classes, reading and getting on her sister's nerves.
Sylvia - posted on 08/01/2010
My DD has been through a lot of short-term interests. We did a music class (Kodály/Orff/Dalcroze type stuff for little kids) for a couple of years when she was 3-4; the next year she said she'd rather take ballet lessons, so the year she was in SK she did that. She enjoyed it right up until the end, when the teacher yelled at another little girl in her class and made her cry. (What with the $600 for the classes and the $80 costume for the recital, I was kind of relieved.) The following year she did an indoor rock-climbing class at our local JCC and started swimming lessons. She also did skating lessons the second half of that year, after the rock climbing was over (and we were too late to get her into the second semester because she couldn't make up her mind :P). This past year she took skating lessons again, and swimming lessons at a different place. She likes skating but LOVES swimming -- she wanted to keep swimming over the summer, too -- which suits me fine, because both are good exercise and not knowing how to swim is a safety issue IMO. (Now, if only she would learn to ride her bike w/o the training wheels...) She also played soccer one summer, the summer before SK I think it was, but that wasn't a hit -- she mostly just stood around watching the other kids run around and try to kick the ball. Oh, and she goes to Hebrew school on Sunday mornings, but that one's non-negotiable ;^).
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