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So fun! It’s fun for kids to try all sorts of things and see what they love. I enjoy being a sports mom 🙂
Rhett started baseball at 4 years old, and is still going strong at almost 9 years old. He did not make the summer travel team (long drama story), but he will be back to playing in the “Fall” (August). He will be moving up to the kid-pitch age group, so that will be an adjustment. Rhett takes private hitting and pitching lessons to work on his skills. Baseball is so competitive here, that doing the private lessons has been a godsend so he can work on things he needs to work on. Plus, he listens to a coach yelling at him way more than he listens to us! So far, he’s interested in pitching, so he’ll probably try it in August. We’ll see how that pans out…
Rhett has been taking golf lessons for 2 years. He’s never had time to play on a team. But this summer, he is finally doing a team since he is not doing baseball. It’s really cool to see all these little kid golfers out there. It will help Rhett’s game a lot to play with other kids, some older & better than he is. It’s a whole new world for me honestly, and it’s weird. I will always be a baseball mom first & foremost, but I’m adapting 🙂
Rhett’s been taking piano lessons for 3 years. This is one of the things I’m most proud of him with. Very few kids we know take music lessons, and that makes me sad. Music is super-important and I think all kids should learn it. Like a language. The earlier they start, the easier it is and the more they learn. I would have started him at 3 or 4 years old if I could have, but we didn’t have our piano yet. I am proud that Rhett knows how to read music, and his skills are fast-approaching mine. I enjoy practicing with him. He gets excited about certain songs (not all lesson songs!), and I love that. He talks about playing other instruments one day, so we’ll see what he ends up trying. Here, kids don’t play music in school until Middle School! (so late, too late IMO!!) At that point, with so many years of piano under his belt, he can take up another instrument if he wants to.
Rhett has been taking weekly tennis lessons for 3 years. They are drop-in style at our neighborhood tennis courts, so it is great for our schedule and very convenient. He may never be a pro, but it’s great that he can get out there and play. He actually does really well, so it’s kind of sad that he can’t pursue it in earnest. There’s just no way he can do competitive tennis with all of his other activities.
Swimming is great! Malia will have so much fun!! Rhett took swimming lessons for many years, but same as tennis, just no time to do anything competitive with it. We just have to pick and choose. Baseball is so godawful time-consuming, it’s almost impossible to do anything else.
Rhett danced for 2 years and really enjoyed it. As baseball takes up more time, something had to give and Rhett had to stop dance. He misses it, but it was fun while he did it.
Granted, all of this is easier with one kiddo, just logistically not having to be in more than one place at one time! It has been so fun over the years watching Rhett do different activities, and get into things that he loves and that match his personality. As long as he doesn’t take up hockey and make me sit in the cold, I’m good with whatever he wants to do 😉