Those parents who over schedule their kid(s), who drive all over town toting cleats, instruments, uniforms and costumes -they are crazy right?
Why would you do that to yourself? Why would you do that to your kid?
One day, not all that long ago, I realized I had Cookie (5) in three different extracurricular activities. I asked myself, "Hold on! How did this happen?"
I'll tell you, -she asked to do these things, and she was asking for a fourth before I finally came to my senses and told her it was time to cut back.
Five is a magical age where doors are finally opened and the world of chess, karate, t-ball, soccer, scouts, dance, tumbling, music, art, yoga, golf, swimming, tap is at the tip of each brand new neuron.
My daughter has dabbled in a few things and it has brought to light a glitch in my thinking. I caught myself actually assuming that one day maybe a few weeks into a new activity we would witness a stroke of genius, a flash of natural born talent, the mark of giftedness.
Really, this is ludicrous. Do I really think Yo Yo Ma was a few weeks into playing the cello at five and his parents and teacher all stared wide eyed and open mouthed as he pulled his bow across his tiny cello? Actually -that is a terrible example because Yo Yo Ma was a child prodigy and he did start the cello at five, but he really wanted to play bass, so maybe he was a little grumpy on the cello in the beginning.
Anyways...statistically, my children are going to have to actually work at something for a VERY long time before they are good at it. The trick is to find out what activities are going to hold their abbreviated interest long enough until they begin to enjoy the practice it takes to become good, to become a master, to be proud of themselves.