With school starting back in a few weeks, I’m starting to get notices in the mail that sign-ups are coming soon for fall activities. Schedules are posting for soccer, gymnastics, dance, theatre, art…you name it. My problem is that Annie wants to do all of the activities.
When I was growing up, I played softball, took piano and voice lessons, and even tried track one year (running! LOLOLOLOL). There were a lot of other things I wanted to try, but as I progressed through the ranks in softball and it took up more of my time, almost every other activity had to be dropped. I don’t regret the time I dedicated to softball (well, maybe I do a little), but I wish I’d made more of an effort to try other things.
Obviously, Annie can’t do everything. I don’t have the time, money, or patience to enroll her in 5,000 activities, plus HELLO that would be ridiculous over-scheduling. But I love that she wants to do everything. I like that she loves sports as much as she loves drawing. I want my kids to do sports (and I include dance in that) because I want them to have strong bodies and a lot of confidence. I want them to do art and theatre because I want them to be creative, outgoing, and imaginative.
But really, I just want them to do activities that they enjoy. And that’s the rub, because Annie enjoys everything. I’m not sure how we decide what to sign her up for. Even after I take away the activities that don’t fit into our schedule we’re left with too many options. At this age, each activity is an hour commitment per week, so even if she did two it still leaves lots of time for unstructured play.
Every time I ask Annie what she wants to do she gives me a different answer. Yesterday was dance, today was soccer, tomorrow it will be drawing or gymnastics. So obviously I just have to pick. I’m leaning towards one sport and one non-sport so she gets exposed to different things.
It’s also possible that in my attempt to make sure she doesn’t miss out on anything, I’m over-thinking this.
Also? Softball sign-ups start in January…