That is the question.
We’ve always said that we would like for our child to play at least one instrument and one sport/activity. What instrument or sport/activity they choose is completely up to them. I don’t want to force my kids to do the things that I want them to do if it’s not something they will enjoy. I took ballet/jazz/tap lessons, but I really wanted to take gymnastics. I played softball as a child, and then volleyball, basketball, and tennis all through high school before settling on tennis as my college scholarship bread and butter. Zac also played several sports before he started focusing on wrestling in high school. I took piano lessons and hated every minute of them, then decided to try my hand at the saxophone in 7th grade. After experimenting with various woodwinds, I figured out that I wasn’t that good at them and didn’t really have the desire to get better, so my interest in playing musical instruments was put on the back burner until I decided to pick up a guitar. Zac also plays guitar, so it is nice to have that among our shared interests.
So while we’d both love for our boys to play football and go to the NFL and buy us a big house and a couple of luxury cars, we want to encourage them to pursue whatever interests them. I don’t plan on being a family of weekend warriors, rushing from game to game and lesson to lesson every Saturday. I don’t want to overload my kids with so many activities that they don’t have a chance to rest and relax, because I think that rest is very important in a kid’s developing years and I don’t want my kids to burn out at the ripe old age of 9.
Cole has been taking karate for the past several months at his school, one afternoon a week, and he seems to like it a lot. He has also been showing a lot of interest in baseball since we watch the Braves play and have taken the boys to a few games at the Ted. So we asked him if he would be interested in playing teeball this year, and he responded with an enthusiastic affirmative. Then he asked if he could also join a bowling team. He’s a strange kid, that one.
So we signed him up for teeball. At first glance it doesn’t look like it will be too overwhelming. Games will be on Saturday mornings, and it doesn’t appear as if the peanut league has practices; I guess the games are treated as practices just for learning the basic skills. We’ve been playing at home with a tee that Zac bought a couple of weeks ago, and Cole is actually pretty good at hitting the ball on the tee. We’ve also been practicing our catching and throwing, at which he is also proficient. So I think it will be an exercise in listening and paying attention for our dear eldest son. He is only 4, after all. Those are two skills that most 4-year olds have not perfected.
Zac and I are really excited to jump into being baseball parents. I signed us both up as interested in being team parents, which to my knowledge consists of bringing snacks. Is there anything else I need to know about that? Hopefully it won’t be too much, especially since Zac works most Saturdays and I’ll be on my own for a lot of the games. But still, it’s a fun new stage of life for our boy and for us, and we’re all pretty stoked about it.
What activities do your kids do? Will you let them do as many activities as they want and can handle, or try to limit them to doing one or two things well?