Is it just me or has there been a sudden increase in extra-mural activity options for our young ones? I mean, what happened to good ol’ ballet and karate classes? We’ve super-saiyaned guys, and our kids can literally learn how to bake after school on any given afternoon. With that said, my curly girl is almost three years old and as much as I want her to learn #allthethings I don’t know if it’s worth the spend.
We’ve been prompted to add her to “monkeynastix” or “action ball” groups and it seemed pretty exciting. Until I heard how much it costs. Sure, it’ll be great for the kid, but not so much for my grocery budget. So instead of catching feelings about being the worst mom in the world for not allowing my kid to learn how to catch a ball, I did some further investigating.
I found out that toddler gymnastics and ball training activities are pretty easy and I could probably teach them to my kid, in the comfort of my very own backyard. But guys, guess what, kids learn through play – just like how we did “back in the day” when physical play was the norm. It reminded me that we need to get out with our kids more often. They need to build their little muscles through free play by learning to climb and jump and run and hop. They seriously don’t need a special class to teach them how to do those things. Sure there are perks such as socialisation and building core strength. But hey if you can’t afford it (me, I can’t) and your kid is getting enough physical play in, your child will be okay. I promise.
I will be enrolling my littles for some swimming lessons though. I was reminded of the importance thereof today, after reading Simone’s gut wrenching post about the near-drowning of her toddler. But other than that I’d much rather wait it out and see what the kid is interested in. I mean, I’m not going to send her for computer classes if she wants to learn how to paint. She seems to love dancing and music, so “kindermusiek” maybe? We’ll cross that bridge when we get there (or is there a class for that too? hehe)
Anyways, moms, what are your experiences with toddler extra-mural activities? Share your wisdom with us in the comment section below.