My middle schooler brought home after school club information. These clubs are pretty cool, offering some real world experience to them. They also cost money. Fortunately no one is turned away. So we sat and poured over all of the options and I realized she is a lot like me. She wanted to join a club for every day of the week. Thus began the life lesson of “set aside time that isn’t structured!”. I get her enthusiasm though. She literally said what I always say, “I just want to experience it”.
The 2 in elementary school don’t have any after school clubs to join. So middle DD decided she is going to do AWANA at the church down the street once a week. That’s when the stress of “what will the boy do” came in. We looked at after school programs but that isn’t quite what we want. He wants to have a focused class that is teaching something specific. Plus we don’t need an after school program and since they fill up so quickly around here, I would rather let someone who needs it vie for the space. So thus began the hunt for the boy. Banging my head would have been easier.
We often hear about how progressive our town is. Except you don’t see it when it comes to kids stuff. I first tried to find him a hip hop dance class because he loves to dance and he has nearly broken his neck from trying break dance moves. I figured if he learned how to do the moves right we might minimize the hospital visits. You know what? You can’t find it here. Normally you can find anything here. Nope. Not one single boys hip hop dance class. I can find all the girls dance classes (ballet, tap, ballroom, anything he does not want to learn). And you know, it’s not too appealing to want to put your son in a boys dance class when the website is full of girls. So I finally did find one in a neighboring town. Around 30 min out of town. We have one car and two others in extra curricular activities. I am not so sure I can swing that. I sent that dance studio an email and I am currently waiting to hear back.
Then I searched music lessons so that he can play his guitar or drum better. I found some guitar lessons but they are out of our budget. Then I found an art class that is within budget. And I am going to check at the bowling alley on what it costs for the kids bowling league (he loves to bowl!). Then we will talk to him about what are his options and what would he want to do.
By the way, I am REALLY tired! I am falling asleep around 9:30 which like never happens. But I am listening to my body and not fighting it. I am not missing the internet much either right now. I like that I get on and blog when I have that urge and then ignore the internet for the rest of the day. I have also incorporated a daily prayer each morning at the altar to set the tone, it’s helped adjust quite a bit. Especially now that I am trying to plan middle dd’s birthday party at a local paint shop, just more things to do in a day!