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  • March 23, 2007

    So this is what I have to look forward too? My kid has been opinionated since birth so I am pretty much thinking I am screwed.

    Awesome.

  • March 23, 2007

    Sounds like my oldest.  God bless you girl, as always I’m feelin’ your pain.

    Just remember, supposedly this too shall pass.

    Or so they keep telling me.

  • March 23, 2007

    I could have written this about Haley..oh..wait, I think I did when she did soccer this fall.  Oh boy does that sound like her to a T. This too shall pass…hopefully much sooner then it has for us.

    I will pray for you. wink

  • March 23, 2007

    How did you give birth to one of my children?

  • March 23, 2007

    Oh my…you poor thing.  You know, down here (I don’t even think they have two year old soccer) but the four year olds are on teams of four, I believe.  Maybe it was overwhelming to have all those kids out there pushing and shoving each other?  I’m sorry the swimming thing didn’t work out- that sounds really nice to me too… smile

  • March 24, 2007

    That’s why I never let my children participate in anything.  Of course, it’s hard to participate in anything when you’re shackled in the basement trying not to knock your ‘urinal’ over. 

    Ok, not really.  But MAN, that would have been cheaper than buying dance shoes and cleats and shoulder pads and jockstraps only to have to make the kid participate because ‘you’ve made this commitment and now you have to stick it out’, because they realized about 30 seconds in that *this* was not what they had signed on for. 

    Although, it is pretty cute when a bunch of 6 year old T-ballers are too busy catching bugs and pulling flowers and watching clouds to play. 

    Ok, so it’s totally worth it.

  • Holly
    March 24, 2007

    Sorry the swimming didn’t work out so well.  or the soccer!  I am surprised they have a team so young.

  • March 24, 2007

    Yeah. Uh…that’s EXACTLY the reason I’ve been stalling on the idea of enrolling my 3 1/2 year old in gymnastics. I’ve done exactly what you described before. Once Son came along, I just knew I wouldn’t have the patience or tolerance to juggle both of them during one of those ordeals. Now that Son is 15 months old the voices in my head have started one of their infamous arguments:

    Voice 1: “Oh c’mon! You really oughta get Daughter into some activities with other kids!”

    Voice 2: “Yeah, you know how it’ll go. You’ll pay the money for it and get all emotionally invested in how much she will love it, and she end up clinging to you and saying she wants to go home.”

    V1: “You’re not a very good mommy! All the other mommies are doing it!”

    V2: “Wait a minute! If Daughter’s not the one having the fit, Son will be and you’ll be holding a screaming toddler the whole time while all the other kids and mommies stare at you and wonder what in tarnation you are doing bringing your unruly kids to a place like this.”

    V1: “You worry too much! Lighten up!”

    V2 “Maybe you should wait just a little longer until Daughter is at least 4”

    V1: “All the other mommies can manage it; you are such a wimp!”

    In the end the voices drive me mad, a decision is not made and same argument repeats. Of course if I follow through with enrolling Daughter and it goes the way you described, both the voices are finally in agreement as they say, “WHAT WERE YOU THINKING! You should have known Daughter wasn’t ready for this yet!”

    I can’t win!

  • March 24, 2007

    That last line did me in.  I so relate.  smile

  • March 24, 2007

    You’re making me soooo glad we waited until Caitlin was 4 to do soccer.  Poor Amelia is just going to have to kick the damn soccer ball around the yard. wink

  • AmyM
    March 24, 2007

    Oh no!  I was just looking into enrolling my daughter into 3yr old soccer!  Now I’m nervous!
    Sorry to hear swimming didn’t go so smoothly-you still get points for wearing the maternity swimsuit!

  • March 24, 2007

    gee, this feels so familiar…

    WRT swimming and beaches and other non-group stuff, with 3 kids I practice “suck it up and deal” parenting.  You don’t like the pool?  Wait 5 minutes.  It usually works well because they change their minds so quickly that 30 seconds after whining they want to leave they are swimming like fishes.  smile

    and then there’s when MG buried my keys in the sand.  wink  I hope your next soccer time goes well.

  • March 24, 2007

    You just described Liam in gymnastics, music class, storytime, and arts and crafts. Why does it always feel like our kids are the only ones NOT loving it? We stuck with music and he now does like it a lot. But we had to do a lot of talking beforehand - and still do. Stay with mommy. No running away. No crying. Listen to the teacher. We actually review them in the car in the way and sometimes he has a great class and othertimes I want to throw him over my shoulder and walk out. But I don’t because I paid for this fun and damn it he’s going to enjoy it!

  • March 24, 2007

    Of course she wants to go swimming!  Priceless.

  • March 25, 2007

    you will SWIM NOW and you will LIKE IT dammit!

  • March 25, 2007

    When Hannah was almost three, she begged and begged to do tap and ballet. Of course I signed her up thinking that her little prance-about self could use some formal guidance. But, of course, it was MY child, and ONLY my child, to stand at the bar and twist and turn and pick her nose while all the other good little students did exactly as they were told. And then it got to the crying stage, which progressed to the I don’t want to stage which progressed to the you can’t make me stage. Needless to say, it was quite a few years before we tried her in another organized activity. But that’s what us good parents are supposed to do, eh? Fork over a lot of money to watch our sweeties cry and squirm and pick boogies.

  • March 26, 2007

    So you’re saying that I can just skip signing Hailey up for 2 year old soccor since she won’t like it anyway?  Because I’m really looking for any excuse at this point.

  • March 26, 2007

    I did not enroll my son in soccer until he was 4 1/2 and still, half of the 4 yo did not want to practice most of the time. I would say: let her keep kicking that ball at the park with a friend !

  • March 26, 2007

    This should seriously be in some sort of “Are You Really Ready to be a Parent?” brochure.  Good times.

  • March 26, 2007

    This should seriously be in some sort of “Are You Really Ready to be a Parent?” brochure.  Good times.

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