Interesting discussion re: activities!
I definitely think my kids are still in those exploratory years where they are trying things. And while there are absolutely 8 and 10 year olds out there who are passionate about (and dedicated towards) one sport or musical instrument, I do not have any kid that operates along those lines. I’m just glad they are happy to continue trying things.
I do try to batch when possible (A&G do gymnastics at similar times; A&C do tennis at the same time; etc). I definitely think C in particular benefits from as much physical activity as possible, and participating in sports after school helps him to get enough. I actually am not sure it is possible to tire him out . . .
Finally, I have personally always been someone who enjoys doing a lot of things. In my 5th grade year I played piano and violin (lessons + orchestra at school), went to weekly gymnastics, and I think either track or field hockey or both (I was . . . not good), and participated in a chorus after school. I think there may have been ice skating lessons in there somewhere too? Thx parents for helping make all that happen!
Here is a highly embarrassing picture of me in high school (11th grade maybe?) playing violin in my cheerleading uniform because I probably had to go to a game or something after the session:
Anyway. I definitely agree that multiple activities per kid is not the right strategy for every kid or every family. And part of me does hope that my kids focus a little on deeper commitment to fewer things. But there is time for that later.
I am currently doing the Peloton 3-day strength training split with Callie. Not sure whether I will continue through. I think in August I will pivot back to Caroline Girvan and try IRON but modified to 3 workouts/week because I’m focusing on running and 3 strength workouts is about as much as I can handle.
I still have a MAJOR running itch and am contemplating a spring marathon (and winter half).
It is possible I want too much out of life. But I guess I feel like . . .why not 🙂