The Adventure Starts With A White Belt

Baby is experimenting with new hobbies. Since we have moved to Georgia, she has tried soccer, swimming, gymnastics and now is starting karate.

Baby had a great time in her first class, especially because she was able to leave with her first belt. She also learned, if she brought in a great report card (showing all threes), her instructor would award a special achievement patch for the sleeve of her uniform.

Baby walked into class this past Saturday and excitedly presented her instructor with her report card. And true to her word, at the end of class, Baby was called up front by the instructor to be presented with her achievement patch. She beamed with pride as we left the studio. Baby couldn’t wait to get home and show Jed and Daddy.

As parents, I feel DH and I do a good job supporting Baby’s desire to try new activities.  She has always continued an activity after the initial trial sessions, all but soccer that is.  That activity was a rough one, even with Dad as the coach.

After completing additional sessions, she usually requests to try something new and we oblige.  Our only rule is one activity at a time.  This allows plenty of time for school, play and family time, and of course rest.  Now, if only Mommy can stick to such an even work/life balance there will be harmony in the household.

Do you set limits for your children’s activities?

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