How many classes/lessons does your child take?

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How many classes/lessons does your child take?

Like extra lesson type classes?

Ava's been doing Ballet and Gymnastics, but I wanted to get her in swimming too. Do you think 3 classes a week is too much for them at this age?

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right now NOTHING:(

we used to swim (no lesson just him and me) once a week but the "family swim" are the same day he is at school
all the other "class"ere are for 4 and 5 yr old Sad
this summer I want to sign him up to swim class where he will be "alone" not with me in water.... Wink
and we are going to look into short summer camp may be....
and I think he can get into SOCCER this summer.....

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right now shes in a salsa tots class and we try to go swimming. I think 3 might be too much. My niece was into multiple classes a week and when she took a week off to stay at my moms (her gramas) she said it was so nice to finally have a break. Especially if she is in preschool. I always say ONE activity plus swimming. I don't count swimming as their activity since they NEED to know how to swim. so I guess my limit is two. Especially with two kids, two kids in two things is 4 things a week.. thats enough lol

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Jackson has swimming once a week and we'll starting tennis in March and a sports League on Saturdays (they rotate a different sport each Sat). I think it totally depends on the kid. Jackson thrives on that stuff. Each morning he wakes up and asks what's going on that day. He doesn't like to be home all day ever. He would be awful as a homeschooled if that's what I wanted to do!

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None officially. He's in preschool 4-5 days a week (depending on my work schedule) and they have music class once or twice a week, plus gymnastics there at the school, so that's good enough for me for now. I'm thinking though, that for summer we may do swimming again and then once fall comes, we may put him in either football or soccer. Probably football knowing our family.
If I was a SAHM though, I would have him in 1-2 classes for sure. I don't know that I'd want to do more than 2. Maybe another year.

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Kim - salsa tots? How cute!!

I was just thinking about this on my way to work this morning! I really want to get Sophia into something, but we already pay $1,800 a month for both girls to be in day care, and the classes are extra of course. They offer all kinds of cool stuff, and I've been wanting to get her in something forever but I'm having trouble parting with the money. I am paying $40 a month for Weight Watchers right now and I was thinking that if I quit that and just used SparkPeople, I could enroll Sophia in a class. LOL I think most of them are around $40 a month. And I would love to do swim lessons but I don't see when we would have time to do that unless it was Saturday class only. Working full time really puts a damper on the fun stuff Sad

Oh, but about your question, I think it depends on the kid and how much other stuff you've got going on. There is just no way we could do 3 classes, but if you can pull it off without being frazzled, go for it.

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Hmm I don't think so! Like Jackson, Zayden thrives on those things and really enjoys it. ITA it depends on the kid. Zayden likes being active. To me, this is a great age to do additional things to try out activities and see what they like and don't like before they have to deal with school/homework etc.

Zayden's preschool has an excellent after school activity program. He is in Music Class Mondays, Playball on Tuesdays and Soccer Thursday. He prefers those days to after school daycare the other two days. Then Saturday we do swim lessons at the Y-- He LOVES that. The Y has a pee wee league for 3 year olds, I think he will start soccer league in April? I just need to see if it will interfere with swim.

So I guess we are on the much more scheduled side? but again, Zayden needs to stay busy --he gets too bored and in trouble otherwise! LOL And he loves it. If it wasn't for the afterschool program, he wouldn't do as much though cause of work schedules.

Swimming is great -- it also would be a great balance to ballet and gymnastics. I would go for it and see how she does?

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She does gymnastics and swimming lessons once a week. She goes to preschool for a few hours 5 days a week. I want to enroll her in "micro soccer," it's for 3-4 yr olds.

This summer I'm going to try and get her in private swim lessons. The lady teaching the class we are in right now is so bad, that several have quit or complained. She stands there like she is freezing and says, "just do what you did last week." We have continued to go just so Lyla gets in the water every week, and dh teaches her what he can.

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Like Jess/Noah, none officially. She's in preschool full-time, but they do a music class on Wed and a gym class - "Hot Shots" - on Mondays. I want to get her started swimming this summer, and we want to enroll her in some type of music/dance class. Any class she joins would have to be on the weekend, I can't imagine adding anything to our long workday schedules.

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Thanks. I signed her up for all 3. With Andrew's classes, we'll be there 4 days a week. But like Jackson and Zayden, Ava likes to stay busy. Really, I'm pretty lame and don't have much else going on. All I do is go to the gym and do a few play dates. None of the classes will interfer with that, so we'll give it a go. Smile

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Now you've got me thinking and searching. I went on to the city's website to see what they were offering and they even have cooking classes for toddlers! Noah LOVES to cook, so I think I'm going to sign him (us) up--$40 for 10, 45 minute classes, every Saturday--that's totally do-able. Then we'll do swimming for the summer, and football for the fall. It's just somewhat hard to find affordable, conveniently located things in such a big city, especially when we live right on the outskirts.

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Carrie -- Zayden's swim classes have always been Saturdays -- I think most places have that. When he was little it was mommy and me (or daddy and me) but now its just him. I think his classes are maybe 35/month? He loves them!

Jess --cooking classes would be SO cool! I haven't started trying to cook with Zayden but our new house has a great center island in the kitchen so maybe if I got a good stool for him. I was looking at the Y's summer camp schedule (for daycare when school is out) and one week they had a cooking camp. I'll have to think about that.

With our work schedules though, we can't do any classes other than the after school stuff at his school. He really enjoys it though.

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Amy, you prompted me to look up the swim classes at the Y near us. Are you a member? We aren't, but I could pay $30 and be a "Program Member" for a year, which allows me to participate in swim lessons, sports, etc. Then on top of that $30, it looks like the Saturday swim lessons are $90 for a session (8 Saturdays), so basically it would cost $120 for 8 Saturdays. I might do it, I'll talk to DH. I'm also going to see if they have soccer for 3 year olds at our Y because I couldn't find anything about it online but they also don't have their Spring/Summer schedule posted online yet. I would love to get her started on a sport.

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Carrie--look into classes with the city--much more affordable. We paid $10 for a one year "recreation pass", then $12 for a 6 week session. It stinks because they're only offered during the summer months, but I looked into the Y here as well as those swim schools and there's no way we could afford it. Sad

Amy--it was funny--Noah totally picked up helping me with cooking/baking on his own. Now he helps me every step of the way when I bake or cook anything, up until the point it goes on the stove/in the oven. It drives me batty sometimes, but he loves it so much that when I saw they have these classes, I knew he would love it.

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Yes, Carrie, if you have a rec. center look there first. We are paying 24$ for swimming per child.

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I don't think we have any city pools anywhere near us but I will check it out!

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None. We just do our mommy/me class which is 1 morning a week. I have been thinking about doing swimming lessons this summer, but need to wait until the new catalog comes out. And that's only a summer thing since it takes place at the lake. Wink

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"SID081108" wrote:

Amy, you prompted me to look up the swim classes at the Y near us. Are you a member? We aren't, but I could pay $30 and be a "Program Member" for a year, which allows me to participate in swim lessons, sports, etc. Then on top of that $30, it looks like the Saturday swim lessons are $90 for a session (8 Saturdays), so basically it would cost $120 for 8 Saturdays. I might do it, I'll talk to DH. I'm also going to see if they have soccer for 3 year olds at our Y because I couldn't find anything about it online but they also don't have their Spring/Summer schedule posted online yet. I would love to get her started on a sport.

If there are no city pools, I don't think this is a bad price if they're good classes! Geesh, I don't want to say what we're paying for our swim lessons! But, I guess quality sometimes comes at a price, and I can't go back after being in these lessons, we LOVE Jackson's teacher. We did the city ones and they were awful where we were (basically hold your child and sing songs), so the higher cost is okay by me. Smile The sports lessons we're in are less expensive and still good, so we'll save on those!

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Carrie-- we do have a membership -- we just joined -- cause I want to start working out to get back in shape Blum 3 But there is a program only membership too or a membership just for the kids.

Our local city pools only have classes M-F which wouldn't work for us and actually only had week long classes as opposed to once every week --but I think every city is different. Since we are year around swimming here, apparently there are swim meets and things on weekends.

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Zac doesn't take any classes yet. Actually cut off age around here is 4 so I guess we'll be waiting until then. Swim lessons are a different thing but I've already taught DS how to swim so I'll do the same for Zac. Swim lessons are CRAZY expensive around here and we don't have a Y or city pool. DS is playing T-Ball for the first time this summer so I'm planning on Zac "practicing" on the sidelines with me to keep him happy.

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The kiddos started their swim lessons over the weekend. I'm super impressed with what we are getting for 24$! During Andrew's class, the instructor started it by saying, "We're not here to teach your child to swim." And, Kristen, I totally thought of you singing while just standing in a pool. But they do a lot of teaching for a class of barely 2 yr olds. The whole thing was teaching basics- monkey crawls, bubble blowing, dunking, arm and leg movement. The only time they really played was to throw a toy, and "swim" to go get it. Andrew had a blast He's a little fish and seems like a natural in the water.

Ava's class is awesome too. She has this little cutie pie teaching it (seriously felt like a creep sitting there. This kid is 19 at the most! :oops:) But the class is made up of three 3 year olds, so they get a lot of attention. Ava doesn't take to the water as well as Drew does, but the cutie-pie had her doing everything, including putting her face in the water, which I didn't think she would do. During the last few minutes, they mixed the 3 yr olds with the 4 yr olds, who were having lessons in the same pool, and played a game to pratice arm strokes. Ava gravitates to older kids, so it was nice for her to watch and mimic the older kiddos.

So far, it's 24$ well spent. Biggrin

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That's great Amber! Yeah, I think it totally depends on the class, we're spending much less on the sports classes and they have great teachers. Eh, don't feel bad, I wouldn't mind watching a cute guy either! Maybe I'll luck out for Jackson's sports classes.

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I need to learn to relax at some of the classes. Andrew's Parent-Tot gymnastics class is out of control and it drives me insane! The parents let their kids run all over the gym. When the instructor wants us doing one thing, they let their kids do something else. Or, they lead them off to play on other equipment or the trampolines instead of being part of the group. Probably about 40% of them do this all.class.long! I wish the instructor would crack down on them.

I think when you do a parent-tot class you're in there to show your child when it's time to listen and to teach them patience, not encourage them to wander off. I feel like these are going to be the kids that struggle in school and the parents are going to have no idea why. If you want to just play, go to open gym, not to a class. :roll:

Whew! It feels better to get that out. Can ya tell it's been bugging me? Wink

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Amber that would drive me crazy too!

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OMG Amber, I totally feel ya!!!! When Jackson and I went to the preschool classes where a parent had to come/guide their child, a lot of the parents did this. I was always so embarrassed when Jackson didn't want to sit during circle, or stood up in front of the other kids, etc, but some of the other parents didn't seem to care when their kids did that at all. It was so odd to me. If their kid felt like playing in the kitchen during circle, they let them. So ODD.

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I think they feel like the teacher will teach them to sit still when they go to school. I know the Teachers have better things to do than keep redirecting a kid who never was taught to be respectful. Although, I think if it wasn't for me Graham would let the kids run wild at some of these things too. I'm a fairly laid back person but I am a rule follower and enforcer, where G has a 'what's the big deal?' outlook. I think he just doesn't look at it the same way I do. I feel like these are stepping stones for bigger things. Where he doesn't see it as a teachable moment.

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Sophia took a music class when I was on maternity leave and i was SO sensitive to her doing things that would be a distraction to other kids. The teacher was pretty strict but I also made sure I kept her in line, because it feels awkward to be right there with your kid and yet expect someone else to keep them in line?

But this just reminded me that the other day Sophia and I were at the grocery store and she was singing REALLY loudly. I always tend to think that everyone will be bothered by loud kids, so I said "Sophia, hush, this isn't American Idol" and this little old lady popped up next to me and stuck her face right in my face and said "what, mom, are you jealous cause you can't sing as good as her?? Let the child sing!" I just laughed and said "but she was being really loud" and another lady who was walking by said "I was actually enjoying it as well" Okay well make me feel like the mean mom, then! Wink I do think I tend to be really strict with my kids and I often wonder if people think I should relax. But I can't stand it when people just let their kids do whatever!

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"SID081108" wrote:

Sophia took a music class when I was on maternity leave and i was SO sensitive to her doing things that would be a distraction to other kids. The teacher was pretty strict but I also made sure I kept her in line, because it feels awkward to be right there with your kid and yet expect someone else to keep them in line?

But this just reminded me that the other day Sophia and I were at the grocery store and she was singing REALLY loudly. I always tend to think that everyone will be bothered by loud kids, so I said "Sophia, hush, this isn't American Idol" and this little old lady popped up next to me and stuck her face right in my face and said "what, mom, are you jealous cause you can't sing as good as her?? Let the child sing!" I just laughed and said "but she was being really loud" and another lady who was walking by said "I was actually enjoying it as well" Okay well make me feel like the mean mom, then! Wink I do think I tend to be really strict with my kids and I often wonder if people think I should relax. But I can't stand it when people just let their kids do whatever!

This is so me too! It's so hard for me to relax at times when it's okay, because then I'm not sure they'll understand when it's not okay.

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Carrie- I totally would have enjoyed Sophia's singing as another shopper as well. But, as a MOther, I would have the same reaction as you and tried to tone it down. Your "American Idol" comment made me chuckle. Smile