Oooh, I love watching the little kids in Timbits soccer. They are so adorable. Like a little cluster of bees following the ball around. Swimming lessons are mandatory for my kids, from September through March. Ben is like a little Pele. He is unbeleeeeevable with a soccer ball. Must be that low center of gravity. And Claire is built like a freaking gymnast - pure, solid muscle. She just turned 6 not long ago and she's 52 pounds. Well, maybe 51.9 with all the teeth she's missing currently.
It depends on the child and your family. Yes kids can be over scheduled, but some kids crave the extra hours of activity. DS will do one sport and most likely scouts by the time he is 6. We have limited options in sport here, I refuse to pay the outrageous cost the martial arts school has here so that is out, I am not keen on rugby league and would want him to wait until a little older if that was his choice, so if he decides not to keep up with soccer there likely won,t be a sport. I am also confined by work and the fact it ios only me to run kids to activities as we get more kids and they get older, as hubby doesn't drive.
It depends on the child and your family. Yes kids can be over scheduled, but some kids crave the extra hours of activity. DS will do one sport and most likely scouts by the time he is 6. We have limited options in sport here, I refuse to pay the outrageous cost the martial arts school has here so that is out, I am not keen on rugby league and would want him to wait until a little older if that was his choice, so if he decides not to keep up with soccer there likely won,t be a sport. I am also confined by work and the fact it is only me to run kids to activities as we get more kids and they get older, as hubby doesn't drive. Soccer is a killer though, all games are played 25 minutes away
Swim is the big one I want them doing. . .we are signing them both up at the Y in the Fall, but our sitter will take them after school, so it will stress her out but not us.
I wish swimming lessons were more accessible in my town for people who work. I need to put DS on the wait list for Saturday classes for once he turns 3, but I may not get in to them, they take friends, people they know, those who have been going to lessons prior and then anyone else. Sadly swimming is a much needed skill here and so many kids miss out. A lady at work put her sons name on the wait list to start at 3, he is 7 this year I believe and still has never received a call for a class
During the school year we just had Nathan (9) in two activities, and just one activity for Matt and Thomas. Nathan is in taekwondo, which he loves, and church choir. TKD has really helped his focus, so much so that we stopped his meds for ADHD. At first he was going to 3-4 classes a week, but as the weather has gotten nicer it's been more like 2 days a week. Matt is in the church choir, and Thomas plays in the handbell choir at church. Luckily all choir rehearsals are on the same night, in the same location, so I can deal with that.
Next fall Nathan and Matt want to play basketball with the local rec league...I'm not sure how many nights a week it is, but they both really REALLY want to play. The only issue is that dh works evenings/nights, so hopefully their games won't be on the same nights.
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Being In Australia it is needed so much. WE live a 10 minute drive from the beach so spend a decent amount of time there, my family has a beach house three hours away so we hope to spend more time there as well and lots of creeks around as well. Mt DS has no fear when it comes to water either so he really needs to learn how to swim. They do classes under 3 but they are all Wednesday morning so I can't go because I work full time
Jace is signed up for 2 sports classes at the YMCA. They are an hour long and once a week. I think it is perfect for him and he enjoys them. He is a natural at sports as well and has very good sportsmanship qualities. One class is basketball and claims he doesn't like it so I told him he has to finish up the last few classes and then I won't sign him up again. We will probably go back to soccer because he seems the most confident in it. I like the YMCA because it's not so competitive.. It's mostly just kids that need a nice fun group activity while the parents sit around and talk. Oh and the classes are cheaper compared to taking them anywhere else!
He used to take swim lessons but they were too expensive. I'd like to sign him up for lessons at the Y though, because they are much cheaper.
Do you have a JCC near you? Many of them have pools with swimming lessons, even on weekends. You don't have to be Jewish or a member of the JCC but you will have to pay a bit more. Or ask how many people the school would want to do an evening or weekend class and see if you can drum up enough people to make it work!
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