Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Parents v. Activities: How do you do it??

I am the proud owner of two of the least-scheduled kids in the world. Well, not always proud, as sometimes their lack of interest and enthusiasm for extracurricular activities embarrasses me.

Last night my boys had an introductory class in karate and they really enjoyed it. They were pretty funny, actually, as my FB status update and follow-up comment show:

Karate + Giessler Boys = hilarious. Wish I had video taped their intro class.

This was just the 2 of them and the sensei. They both let their quirky stream of consciousness roll through out AND couldn't take their eyes off themselves in the giant mirror... Fancy new "gi" and all! I'm surprised they want to go back, as I think they expected to come out of it as Ninja Masters!
The sensei would like them both to start up on Mondays & Wednesdays at 4PM. A not unreasonable schedule. School gets out at 3:20 and this dojo (is it really a dojo? is that how you even SPELL dojo?? I'm going with yes to all...) is only about 10 or 15 minutes from school, depending on ice and frost heaves and mud. (Ahhh, New Hampshire in springtime!) But when I found out their classes start at 4PM my palms started to sweat and my heart began to race. 
For me, 4PM is too early. I began to think, "I wish I was like all those other parents who have no problem getting their kids to after school activities." And THEN I began to think, "Wait a minute. How the hell DO "normal" parents get their kids to after school activities like this??"