starting in the fall, my soon to be third grader, Addie will be going to 7 hours of dance and 4 hours of gymnastics every week. This seems to be a bit overwhelming for an 8-year-old. I have no idea how this will go. At first, I was very upset about the dance hours being extended so much. Last year she went 2.5 hours a week. That seemed like plenty. This summer she went to 5.5 hours of dance and I was shocked when the fall schedule went up even more.
The Issues: money is not the problem here. NO I am not wealthy or even close but I have been fortunate enough to exchange floor routine choreography for free tuition at her Gymnastics place. I also will be doing choreography in the Spring for her dance studio, which will help with the cost of her lessons... My concern is whether or not Addie can handle 11 hours a week on top of school every day. We have discussed options but the bottom line is Addie wants to give it a try. If she starts to struggle in school or starts to hate what she is doing, we will have to come up with a new arrangement but for now she is progressing nicely in both and at this point it is hard to make her choose between the two. At some point she will have to.. since the more advanced she gets in both will require even more hours. She also has the advantage of having little brothers that are still young enough they aren't involved in much yet. That will also change in the near future. Really it doesn't require that much from me either since the studios are close enough I can just drop her off and come home and then pick her up several hours later.
* authors note: I understand that this post is easily controversial. People have strong opinions about having kids do too much or too little. I don't care what other parents choose to do with their kids. I don't think there is a universal right or wrong answer. I am also not asking for anyone's opinion. I have already made up my mind. But nice comments are always allowed and appreciated :)