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!
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