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We have five children. we don’t really do activities until they are four years old. Well, actually, we DID do library story time/activities when they were 2/3…but that was it.
DD #1 is 7 going on 8. She does ONE dance class from Sept. to May. She does karate year round. In summer (July-Aug.) she does swimming lessons and soccer. Each of these is twice a week. This summer, we are also letting her do a one week foreign language experience and a digital photography learning week. (They are in the same week – right after each other.) Any additional activities would mean giving a different one up. She’s slightly overscheduled as it is IMHO.
DS is six. He does karate year round. Summer means soccer and swimming lessons. He may do a one week sports day camp this summer as well.
DD #2 is four. She did dance this year (Sept. to May). She will also do swim lessons this summer. She is too young for our soccer league and karate. We will wait to see what she’s interested in.
Our other children are too young for organized lessons in our opinion.
We generally wait until our children ask us if they can do a particular activity. We want to be sure it’s THEIR interest and not our wishes that they be involved in something. The only exception to this is swim lessons. That one is a safety issue because of where we live. They NEED to have water safety skills.