With three children that each have different personalities and interests, I knew the day would one day come when the husband and I would be juggling a soccer game here, gymnastics there, and karate over there – all at the same time and day. To avoid twisting myself into a pretzel, I signed up all three kids for karate. They were all into it at first. And I was definitely into the fact that they were able to go to the same class, at the same time, and be engaged in a sports activity. Perfect! After a few months, though, my six-year-old daughter lost interest; she wanted to do dance or gymnastics, like the rest of her friends. Then my five-year-old, who started bringing his own football to school at the age of three so that he could play football during outside recess, really wanted to play football, soccer, basketball, AND karate.
The time finally arrived when I had to honor their individual interests and personalities, and prepare myself to spend evenings and weekends shuffling my children to their respective activities so that they can become the athletic prodigies I knew they would all one day become (of course). My goal for this spring was to find a program for each child that worked well for our family schedule. So after careful planning, I found a soccer program for my youngest son that actually didn’t conflict with my oldest son’s flag football schedule. In fact, football started a few weeks earlier than soccer which gave us an opportunity to adjust to the new schedule and routine.
Now, five weeks later, we are well into a solid routine. Both boys are doing well in their respective sports. My youngest son was soooooo incredibly happy to play soccer “on a real team” that he was beaming all weekend after his first game. He also made two goals in his first game and five during his second game. In fact, the coaches moved him to the other team so that they could even out the score! (Now if that’s not athletically gifted, I don’t know what is!)
As for my daughter’s gymnastics program? Well, that doesn’t start until next month. Until then, we’ve started piano lessons, taught by none other than yours truly (*me*). I was somehow able to shuffle around my schedule to keep all the kids busy throughout every season.
There is no denying that getting all three kids where they need to be is often a challenge; however my husband and I made it a priority to encourage our kids to live healthy, active lifestyles, so at the end of the day, we do what we have to in order to make it work perfectly for everyone – score!!
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