I am the type of person that loves to stay busy. I like scheduling activities and such, but when it comes to actually executing them, I am the first to complain about how I’m tired and already over it. Like I mentioned in a previous post, it seems my favorite hobby is coming up with new hobbies. I like the thrill of something new to look forward to, plus I like to have plans.
Nugget is 2 1/2 years old, so she is almost to that magical age of being allowed to sign up for various extra-curricular activities, whether it’s dance, soccer, gymnastics, underwater basket weaving, whatever. 3 is that magical age where you no longer have to do Mommy and Me, but you can send them on their merry way to be independent little darlings discovering their inner (insert famous artist/athlete’s name here).
My hubbin usually ends up having to work on most Saturdays, so I like to get out of the house with the girls and do whatever we can to keep Mommy from going stir crazy. I’ve been currently investigating the options of activities that I can get Nugget signed up for in a few months, and I am just absolutely flabbergasted at the costs.
So far it looks like a 45 minute dance class once a week would be the cheapest option at $590 for the school year. A gymnastics/dance combo for 1 hour a week is looking at $810 for the school year, and a 45 minute weekly music class, which at least would include Coco, too, is a whopping $855 for the school year. What. The. Hell? I mean, I would love for the girls to do an activity together, but I can’t justify paying that much money for a music class so Coco can chew on a plastic tambourine the whole time. For goodness sakes, they are only 2 1/2 and 9 months!!! Why are these activities so expensive??
And unfortunately it sounds like it only gets more expensive the older they get. Plus once they get older, they actually have opinions on what they want to do and will insist on specific activities. With my luck, they’ll pick the most obscure and expensive activity to do, horseback riding gymnastics or something equally crazy expensive.
I really want to get them involved in an activity and spark whatever hidden talents and abilities they have, plus I also want to get out of the house on Saturday mornings, but crap, I just can’t justify these costs. I have too much debt to work on paying off for this kind of nonsense.
I’m going to really have to mull it over and decide if this is worth it. The only activity I will consider at this point would be the dance class since it’s the cheapest, unless another cheaper activity came along. I haven’t looked into soccer yet cause Nugget turns 3 after the school cut off date, so I have to find activities that cater to the almost 3 crowd. I know, this is totally a first world problem. It’s shameful.
Maybe an almost 3 year old doesn’t need an organized activity yet. Maybe I can find something free to do with both of them and just start a fund for later activities that they actually request. It’s already giving me panic attacks thinking of the cost of activities for 2 kids, and lets just pray that they are not flighty like their mother and want to try everything for 2 seconds then move on to the next.
Much love y’all, Mama Michelle