fabulously frugal thursday: kids making choices with activities

by Barb on February 21, 2013

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Philadelphia Day Trips for Kids

I originally had another topic in mind for today’s frugal post, and then something my 7 year old son said to me at breakfast resonated with me. Something about making choices and knowing what our limits are.

Right now, I have 3 kids in scouting. We just finished winter basketball, and I’m was preparing to sign 4 kids up for spring soccer for a total cost of $190. I also bought 2 year-long museum memberships, one for $42 for a family membership at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philly (Groupon deal) and the other $72 for a family member at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (special deal).

When I asked the kids if they wanted to do soccer, my 7 year old said, “Mom, Cub Scouts is enough for me right now.” Wow!

A lightbulb went on. While my kids are active, none of them are sports-oriented. We’ve had varying success with doing team sports. All of them love to read, ride their bikes, do nature walks, and do lots of arts and crafts. The ones in Scouting are enjoying that, and have lots of opportunities for leadership learning ahead of them.

Why not listen to my kids and focus on the fun stuff they ask to do? What they can learn in sports about leadership, teamwork, and discipline they can learn elsewhere.

And for a family of 5 kids, a year-museum membership can go a lot farther and offer a lot more opportunities for fun and learning than 8 weeks of soccer at their ages.

You won’t see us on the soccer field this spring. We’ll be hanging out at the Family Arts Academy at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts making ART and memories. Or, maybe you’ll see us running down Forbidden Drive, or tramping the woods at Tyler Arboretum. I’m thrilled to think of the possibilities!

Fabulously Frugal Thursday

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Barb Hoyer has written 3718 posts.

After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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Mrs H February 21, 2013 at 8:02 am

Barb, thanks for hosting and thanks for stopping by my blog the other day!

I am sharing a little post about why I ALWAYS accept free food, no matter what it is or how much it is! Let me tell you … we have been on the receiving end of some wonderful stuff and also some really weird stuff! But there is a reason for taking it all …

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Barb February 21, 2013 at 2:42 pm

I can’t wait to read your post! I still remember the summer we received buckets of concord grapes from a neighbor and turned it into juice and jelly.

Bay @ Queen Mother Blog February 21, 2013 at 9:23 am

I’m a believer in less is more with kids in activities. My husband wants my almost 5 year old to be in more activities, but I’m not so sure. Right now I feel like swim lessons is enough. Your kids sound very mature to know what is enough for them!
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Barb February 21, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Thank you! DS7 is one of those kids who has a good sense about his limits. Once he said it, the other kids chimed in and I changed our plans.

Danielle @ Poor and Gluten Free February 21, 2013 at 11:44 am

It’s wonderful that your kids are more interested in cheaper and craftier activities than sports! I was never into them myself and am glad my parents never really pushed me in that direction but allowed me to get my exercise on my bike, and to read as much as I wanted :)

This week I’ve shared a recipe for making quick dill pickles using local, in season watermelon radishes that I got for cheap at the farmers market. Thanks for hosting!
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Barb February 21, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I wasn’t into sports either; I always had my nose in a book. My dh was the athletic one. He’s struggling a bit with having kids who aren’t into sports, just being active.

Looking forward to seeing your recipe. Dh brought home a bag of reduce grapes this week, and a radish had snuck its way in there. BTW, I love reading your posts on FB. I thought of you when I was at Whole Foods last night looking for meat deals. You kept me inspired to keep looking!

Danielle @ Poor and Gluten Free February 22, 2013 at 11:51 am

How sweet of you to say! Thanks so much, I’m so glad to hear you’ve been inspired. I find myself constantly inspired (and sometimes guilty when I spend overboard!) by other frugal bloggers such as yourself :) And that radish, how funny!
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Heather February 21, 2013 at 12:43 pm

So glad to hear you say you are letting kids guide their activities! As a teacher I saw so many students overenrolled in activities they were only moderately interested in…and they stressed about their schedules! I am going to follow your path as my boys get more involved in activities…
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Barb February 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I think we’re more laid back than other families around us simply because of the numbers. In a way, I think we’ll enjoy our weekends more because they’re not dictated by a sports schedule. I will miss hanging out with the moms on the field. Maybe I’ll stop by and visit. ;)

Jenna February 21, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Oh, I’m jealous. I totally wanted to skip baseball this year, but the boys were excited. Le sigh.
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Barb February 26, 2013 at 6:45 am

My dd6 is making noises about soccer. She’s only in Kindergarten. And, once she gets out on our trips this spring, I’m sure she’ll be fine. She can always play next fall.

Trisha February 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

It’s interesting how different kids can be. My oldest is 8 and this year he played basketball and was also on swim team. He would do it ALL (including other sports and activities) because he just loves being active and getting together with his friends. I simply can’t do it all though! I told him next year, we were going to have to choose one thing and that’s ok. Kids don’t have to do everything. I have a feeling my second-born will be the opposite. He is more of a homebody and not nearly as social.
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