I didn't make him take the class. It was a dance class, actually a breakdancing class, taught by a man and composed of mostly male students (something The Boy had been asking for since he was the only boy in his ballet class 2 years ago). I was, I will admit, a little overly proud of myself for having found the class (finally) and though it was wildly inconvenient in terms of time and location, I really liked the parents I chatted with during the trial. Which is rare for me.
We are currently making The Boy take soccer--something he said he wanted to do when we signed him up last spring--and I didn't feel I had it in me to enforce 2 activities. But I'm hoping to revisit the issue when soccer ends in a few weeks.
Because also? He really likes to dance.
I'm impressed by those of you who don't have a hard time getting their kids to be physically active. The Boy is home from school (where he has gym twice a week) around 3:15, and by the time we have snack and do homework, it's at least 4-4:30. Ideally, that's when I'd be starting dinner prep (we try to eat around 6). If we don't have an activity planned, it's far to easy for everyone--including me--to just hang about inside. Yes, sometimes we go to the playground, and sometimes we ride bikes, but a scheduled activity is a nice crutch to have a few times a week.
The Girl, by the way, does not have Lyme disease. She had no symptoms except a series of bulls-eye type rashes this summer. We never found a tick on her, but there are tick-infested deer all over the place. She was treated prophylactically with amoxicillin and we dutifully reported to have her blood drawn a few weeks later.
The Girl does, however, have low iron stores (a serum ferritin level of 13 ng/mL), which is sometimes tied to the kind of sleep issues she's been having. We've been supplementing her iron for about 3 weeks, and we haven't seen a change. Fingers crossed. Mama's so very tired.