It’s an interesting dilemma for me, as I believe and insist on my kids seeing through their commitments for the year, or the season. However there are many other mums, and dads, who let their kids dabble in things for a much shorter period of time before opting out and on to the next thing.
There are positives and negatives for both …
- sticking out a sport or a musical instrument for the year teaches commitment
- having a shorter go, and knowing it’s not for you means that you are not losing confidence in an area that is not a good fit
- sticking to something for a year often means that kids can see a progression and an improvement, and therefore can grow confidence
- getting out of something quick means that kids have other opportunities opening up to them
- sometimes an extra-curricular activity is a good fit, but the timing is wrong … there are many other schools of thought as well …
I would love to know your take on this, and what you think is more important to your family?