We've always been a "one sport at at time" family. The kids do a variety of activities - but they do them one at a time. If they want to take gymnastics...well, then they can't play soccer. If they want to take ice skating lessons...well, then swimming will have to wait. One thing at a time.
This sounds reasonable to me. But you'd be surprised how unusual we are. We are the exception. Most of the D's friends are in multiple organized sports.
This spring, I signed son D. up for two sports. (Soccer and T-ball) In my defense, I didn't think they were simultaneous. I thought they overlapped for maybe one week. I was wrong. They overlap for the entire month of May.
May is making me tired.
Other families do this all the time. Most of our neighbors have kids in 2-3 sports - ALL YEAR LONG.
How do they do it? This is so totally not working for us. May is over soon, so I'll make it. But barely.
I loved this article from a professor from my alma mater:
My neighbor wrote another great commentary:
Ironically, Son D. loves both the sports and seems to be doing fine with the schedule. For those of you who are related to him, you can see him in T-ball action here: (don't click if you aren't related by blood....these things are fascinating for relatives but very,very boring for all others)
But the rest of us? Not doing so well. Tired and over scheduled. Live and Learn.
Next spring, he'll have to choose.