When planning to enroll your child in a program, you want to choose one from which they will get the most enjoyment and satisfaction. Not all little girls are meant to be ballerinas, so enrolling a child in dancing school who would be better suited to play soccer won’t benefit anyone. With so much time and money extended to these programs, it would be wise to consider all options and select one that best suits your child.
Talk to your kids about which classes are available to them. Ask them what they would most enjoy. Perhaps you have noticed your child takes great pride in his art work or she loves to jump and tumble. Think about what your child enjoys most and try to focus on classes that incorporate those aspects. It is important to nurture what your child loves, rather than try to push her to do something you would like her to love. Allowing her to choose an activity rather than you choosing it for her will make all the difference in what she gains from participating in the program.If your child wants to try their hand at soccer, buy them some gear from TiAS and let them explore their potential.
Make sure the activity is age appropriate. So often we see images of pop starts holding a microphone at age two or hear of Olympic medalists who started ice skating at three. However, not every child is career driven at such a young age. Some kids just want to participate in something that is fun for them and some kids are just too young to focus on piano lessons or dance steps. There are age appropriate programs in music, dance and all most all programs that don’t necessarily send your child immediately into hard training.
Take trial classes. Your child may be adamant that he wants to learn karate, but once in the class, he may not wish to participate or it may differ from what his expectations were. Sit in on classes in several programs and from more than one organization. Communicate with your child after the trial classes to find out what they did and didn’t like about the class. It may be that the activity is right for your child, but the instructor or setting is not. Or it may be that it is time to try a new activity altogether.
Once you have selected the activity, factor in the cost. Some classes have one enrollment fee, while others have additional costs throughout the course. Recitals, class parties, uniforms and such may wind up costing you more than you can afford. Knowing ahead of time exactly how much you will spend will help avoid having to pull your child from something he enjoys because it has become too costly.
If you can not settle on an activity that is engaging and beneficial to your child, perhaps now is not the time. Some kids are not ready at the same time as others and some may never be interested at all in sharing their likes and hobbies in a social setting. Private lessons are often available or incorporating fun activities at home works just as well.
However, if your child is ready and wanting to join a program taking the extra steps to select the right activity for your child’s personality is well worth the extra time and effort.