Music? Art? Gymnastics? WHAT and WHEN?

Laura - posted on 07/23/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have two daughters, 8 and 6 1/2. My husband wants to keep up with the people around us and place the girls in after school activities. He thinks piano or violin. I think, wait til they tell you what they want? I'm old school thou, what do the younger parents think and at what age are their children doing what? Thanks for the input and suggestions, I'm too close to the situation to see the solution.

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Elisa - posted on 03/19/2012

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My daughter is 6 years old. She has an oral sensory disorder and just never ate a lot. Spent most of her life in failure to thrive. Dr recommended a sport. Would make her hungry, and that it did... :)

We put her in gymnastics at 2 years old... And she took off. Before age 3 she was potty training because she wanted out of mommy and me and into a reg class. Than they put her in there invite only program to get her to team quicker and she is on pre team.

She lives at the gym.

And it is HER choice.

She spends 9+ hr a week there. She is still tiny but strong, confident, she cares about what she puts into her body, she sleeps good. We do not home school, so she has learned to do homework in car and at gym on gym days.

She strives for perfection and to never give up.

Determination mixed with a healthy OCD.

And really with the gymnastics she is good at EVERY sport she tries.

Last year at 5 she tried dance and they tried to get her into there competition group which was 7 and up

And also tried to put her in class with 10 year olds.

I believe you want to start and sports or arts young.

Kids r sponges and they retain things better at young age.

It is much easyer for a 3-7 year old to learn a back hand spring than a 10 year old.

Same with instruments.

Mindi - posted on 07/23/2009

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My husband and I agreed that our kids would be required to take swimming lessons as a matter of water safety, so they have been doing that since they were very young. As for the other activities, we have tried to get them to try different things to see what they really like. Then we stick with the things they like the most. When kids are young, it is the easiest time to try things without much pressure. The activities are fun and not competitive. It's harder to try something for the first time when you are older because there is more pressure and the other kids have probably been doing it for awhile and are more skilled than you are.

Melissa - posted on 07/23/2009

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my son is only 2, so we haven't gotten that far yet...but he has had swim lessons already at 6 months, and we are signing him up for tumbling through the park district in the fall. your daughters are already old enough to tell you what they're interested in. why not ask them?

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I put my daughter in dance at 4yrs of age cause she wouldnt quite dancing around the house. She loves it and continues to this day, but we did have to try different styles of dance till she found what she loved. Now we compete at a national level in highland dancing

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