Remember those proclamations we make when they are babies? One (of many) of mine was that my kids will never have too many activities. One per child was it. And I totally think that was a great idea. I admire moms who maintain that. I wish I could be that mom. But apparently, I can’t.
The child loves all of her activities. She just doesn’t love doing all of them. In the same week.
- Monday nights from 7:00 to 7:45 are group piano lessons (as in, I can’t change that god-awful time.)
- Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 is Choir; Soccer is from 7:00 to 8:00 (w-a-y too late for 8 year olds.)
- Wednesdays are open (though we have Brownies once a month right after school.)
- Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 is ballet
It is too much. Thankfully, soccer will be done in less than a month. But is that enough? B was going through a very, very rough patch – lots of tantrums, nastiness, etc. It was disruptive to the whole family, to say the least. I have become super diligent this past week about getting her in bed between 7:30 and 7:45 and things have improved dramatically. Except for Mondays, when she doesn’t get in bed until 8:20 or so. We skipped soccer on Tuesday.
My friend advised we drop them. Or at least one. Her 8 year old does one activity. Her 5 year old doesn’t do any. I listened to her (since I had called her for advice.) Then I proceeded with the buts…
B loves soccer and it is almost over anyways. She also adores ballet. I paid $380 for Choir. I can’t just give that money away. We truly believe piano is in her long term interest. Blah, blah, blah.
So, while I want to have a nice, quiet existence, my lack of one is my own doing. And I don’t regret it, as long as I get her to bed on time.