On Monday, my daughter, Josie, said she wanted to take a dance class. On Tuesday, she had moved onto gymnastics and by Wednesday she had no interest in either.
I had been holding off on getting Josie involved in any organized activities, like dance, soccer or arts. She was perfectly content dancing with me in the supermarket, playing soccer with her dad at the park and finger painting with her little brother at home.
Occasionally, I would go online and check out the various dance and art classes offered at studios near Mountain View. They all seemed like a big commitment – of both time and money.
Not sure what to do, I did what I usually do when a parenting dilemma overwhelmed me. I called my mom. She raised 5 children and always found a way to involve us in the right activities at just the right time.
"Why don't you call the Mountain View Rec Department and see if they have any classes for her age? Start with gymnastics. Every kid likes running and jumping around," My mom said.
First, I looked up if Mountain View even had a "Rec Department" (boy, I have a lot to learn) and was immediately taken to a webpage where I could download the Recreation Activity Guide for Fall.
It was filled with classes, even ones for preschool aged children. I was thrilled to see all the options. I was also slightly irritated that my mom was right again.
I immediately signed Josie and her little brother, Owen, up for the same gymnastics class, a bonus since that meant I got to watch while they both participated in their first class together.
What I liked best about the gymnastics class offered through Mountain View's Rec Department (besides the great price) was that it was only 3 months long. That means that in the Winter, I can sign Josie and Owen up for a new class, maybe dance or golf or cooking, and give them the opportunity to try a different activity each season.
The most unexpected benefit of signing up my children for a class through Mountain View's Rec Department was the joy that I got from watching my children run, jump and tumble to their heart's content. It's great watching them learn from someone else. I get to relax a little while my children follow the fabulous teacher around the gym and have a blast "in tow" of someone other than me.