Kids are so scheduled these days. They start school first thing in the morning, and from there it’s just go, go, go until they collapse in their bed at 7 or 8 at night. I know that there’s a whole movement for giving kids downtime, and as chill as I normally am, you might be surprised to know that I’m not really for it. Children, well, my child anyway, need to stay active. When you’re the introvert mother of an only child who is an extreme extrovert, you do whatever it takes to keep them busy and engaged. Some of y’all have to be able to feel me!
At age 7, Ayva has more energy than I remember ever having. She doesn’t walk from one room to the next, she gallops. Just the other day I witnessed her do 20 cartwheels in a row to get from our front door to the car. She needs afterschool activities. We need afterschool activities. Last year she participate in the extended care program at school, sang in the community choir, was a Girl Scout, and did gymnastics. This year, she’s looking to add her church program, Awana, back in the mix, and drama or dance. Hey, as long as I can afford it, she can do it!
Whether you’re planning for your daughter to do a lot of activities or just a couple, trying something new and being committed to an activity helps to build character. It might also spark something in her that leads to hear becoming the person that she’s going to be later in life. When our girls are young, it’s a great opportunity for them to test out a bunch of activities and see what sticks!
- Girl Scouts
- Adventure Girls
- Martial Arts
- Volunteering (check your local library!)
- Ice Skating
- Violin (or piano, or any instrument!)
What’s your daughter doing afterschool this year? Not sure, yet? Share this list with her and see if something stands out! Yay for active and engaged girls having fun!