It’s summer time again, which means… what activity can my kids enroll in?!
Parang di pwede dumaan summer without the kids doing something. I remember when I was a kid, some summers me and my brother would be sent to our province in Laoag. What did I do there? I would be a tindera in the family sari-sari store in Batac. Or, man our pwesto during open market day and sell eggs. I remember having a piece of cardboard of price list… how much for 1 egg, 2 eggs… because I was so bad in Math. When my brother and I were not in the province, my mom would enroll us in almost everything! I actually did singing lessons under Noel Cabahug (Ryan Cayabyab Music School)… at that time Smokey Mountain was all the rage and he would ask me to sing their songs. Then we had guitar lessons, art lessons, Speech Power, swimming classes, SEP in Ateneo… and this I did aside from my regular ballet classes that become 3 times a week during summer.
Our last session with Coach Pia came just in time. Our topic was Strengthening and Developing Better Family Habits this Summer. Of course Coach Pia believes that family habits should be developed the whole year round, but summer is when we make extra effort for the kids. What’s your objective this summer? For me, to get the kids fit! Just do something aside from playing iPad and watching tv all day!
So, here’s MY favorite learnings from the session…
Summer is not about REACTING because it is not about you and what you wished to have as a child. And I’m guilty of this! Good thing I have sons instead of daughters! If it were up to me they’d probably be in theatre or arts… but it’s not up to me, being individuals they have different interests. For kids below 2 years, activities should be exploratory. Let them discover on their own what they want.
Don’t sign them up and inform them. I do have a friend who enrolled her daughter to karate class without her consent… yikes right?! Good thing the kid eventually enjoyed it. Involve the kids when making decision because after all, THEY will be the one attending the class. The more involved they are, the more committed they will be.
Best guide is do trial and error. Coach Pia suggests letting them do trial classes first before enrolling. Most classes do have free trials. This will help parents not spend so much on something they might not find interesting eventually.
Guide your child to look back. This can be done by asking questions and listening to them.
It’s really an effort to ensure that our kids grow up to be well-rounded and self-sufficient. I always try to remember that we’re not trying to raise good kids, but good adults… I dont’ know where I read that… probably from another session.
Our session was made even more special thanks to Unilab who has always supported SoMoms in caring for our families. Thanks so much for taking care more than our health. These #BetterMe sessions help us become better parents and partners.
Thanks also to Dad’s World Buffet, Megamall for our super wonderful lunch! Dad’s has always been our family’s go to buffet restaurant for special occasions and when we have balikabayans. It has both local and international dishes!