Shhhhh. My 4-year-old daughter is at camp and my 2.5 year old is sleeping. TV is off and the only noise is the kettle boiling. Which means it’s a perfect time to plan our fall activities/schedule :)
I have been very fortunate to be able to stay home with my kids the past 4 years. Being home means that all of our lessons, etc. could be during the day. Our nights and weekends have been kept reasonably clear and I am thankful for that. But with my daughter starting school this Fall, it’s time to start our adjustment to the real world.
Not only are we dealing with the calendar differences, but also trying to find the right balance of activities. At 4 years old, how many activities should she be doing? And what activities give her a wide range of interests?
For my husband and myself, we decided 3 activities were good. 2 during the week and 1 on weekends. We also want to continue introducing her to new activities. Which means taking a break from gymnastics and trying something new. The city Drama School is perfect for my daughter, who loves to entertain. And it has an ideal time, right after school with lots of time to get home for dinner and play time after.
As well, after a year of skating we’re ready to take the step to hockey. Before the fall season starts, we’ve enrolled my daughter in Henderson Hockey, who runs a MiniRinx program, giving her a chance to practice skating with all the equipment on.
The third activity is the one I will always keep on the schedule year-round; swimming. As a safety factor, both kids will always be signed up for swimming. An added bonus: it’s always the cheapest activity.
Lucky for me, I still have one more year at home with my son so I can still do his activities during the day (swimming, gymnastics, and skating).
How do you balance your kids activities?