The new city activities guide is out, and that means it’s time to start thinking about fall classes for the kids. I don’t want to be too busy or overbooked, so we are trying to limit each kid to swimming and just one other activity.
The Captain is easy. He wants to do indoor soccer. Done.
Gal Smiley is a lot harder. She wants to do about 20 different things. When we forced her to narrow down the list, she picked skating. We’re happy about the skating, but a little sad that she didn’t pick piano lessons.
She’s bugged us for piano lessons for the past two years. All this time we’ve been waiting for her to turn six, so she’d be eligible for the city-run programs. Then, this summer, we found a teenage girl up the street who was willing to give Gal Smiley lessons over the summer. It has worked out great and we’ve been very happy. Gal Smiley is making fantastic progress. When we tell her it’s practice time, she practically skips over to the piano and wants to play every song again and again. She invites her brother and sister to hear mini-concerts.
So you’d think she loves it, wouldn’t you? And yet, when we asked her about fall activities, the one thing she said was, “I don’t want to take any more piano lessons.”
I swear I do not understand my kids at all.
Anyway, I am not usually one of those parents who thinks kids should be forced into taking stuff that they aren’t really interested in, but this one gives me pause. I mean, she really seems to like it when she’s actively playing. And she’s doing so well. It’d be a shame to just let her quit.
But I don’t want to make her unhappy either, and she’s starting Grade One in the fall and that’ll be crazy enough without three activities on her plate (assuming we add in the piano).
Did anyone out there take piano lessons as a kid? Did you resent your parents making you take lessons long after you wanted to quit? Or did your parents let you walk away, and now you regret it?
I’d love to hear some advice on this one.