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Activities you want to do with your older ones or when your child gets older

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April 13th, 2009, 04:26 PM
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Some of the debates got me thinking about the theme of older kids. Whether it's riding dirt bikes, scuba diving, volunteering, shooting guns, or whatever you're into, what are some of the activities you look forward to doing with your LO's? What is the goal you want to teach them about your activity?
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April 13th, 2009, 05:18 PM
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For us, swimming. I'm a swimmer and swam competitively and was a lifeguard and swimming instructor for 6 years so I'm very pro swimming. I take both my kids swimming twice a week already and they both love it. Another thing I can't wait to do is martial arts with my kids. I am a black belt myself and studied martial arts for 11 years so I want my kids to try it. We also go up to my parents cottage frequently and I love tubing behind the boat and jet skiing. Phoenix was 3 the first time she went tubing behind the boat (on my lap of course and obviously in a lifejacket) and she loved it.

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April 14th, 2009, 08:35 AM
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I try to get them a chance to try as many things as possible. Billy is already into motorbikes and has his own quad (it has a screw that regulates speed). We go swimming and play football ourselves.
I am really looking forward to camping, and taking them to their first Rangers match, and want to get them to try:
ice skating and maybe hockey ( we tried skaiting with billy once but he had a hard time still).
Boys brigade
Band (flutes and drums)
Army cadets
Martial Arts
and anything else except rugby which i really dont like, so that will probaley be the sport they go for, or boxing like dh, whcih i dont like either
Also if they are still in hom ed later, I would really want to encourage them to do some volunteer work with me or on their own.
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April 14th, 2009, 10:20 AM
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My Ds is still just a little guy but DH is a HUGE basketball, tennis and soccer player and I loved playing baseball (even though I sucked) and swimming.

I would really, really love for DS to get into reading. I love reading so much and I take for granted that it takes some people a year to read a whole book when I can't fathom it taking more than a weekend. I really, hope he appreciates reading because once the years of baseball and tennis are behind you (admit it - it happens) reading allows for so much personal growth and enrichment IMO.

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April 14th, 2009, 11:24 AM
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It's not really an activity, but I can't wait to take our children camping. I really enjoyed it as a child and have many great memories of it.
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April 14th, 2009, 11:42 AM
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Well we already go to school together. I did a mom & child class with each of my girls. They enjoyed that. Right now they are in gymnastics, Reese and I do the class together and Kennedy is with an instructor. I'm hoping they'll learn some listening skills, some self discipline, flexibility, social skills and confidence in themselves. Plus, they get to blow off some energy!

Next fall Kennedy is in Pre-school two days a week, so I'm going to do another mom & child class with Reese. We're hoping to start camping next summer and get Kennedy into t-ball, soccer, horseback riding and cheerleading in the next couple years; Reese too.

Gosh, when I type it all out it sounds like a lot! I'm not looking to push them into things, just give them all the different experiences to see what they're into. Then we'll follow their leads. I just want them to be active in whatever activity they enjoy and in school.

I honestly cannot wait until the days of slumber parties, little league, school plays, etc. I don't want it to get here too fast though

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April 14th, 2009, 12:06 PM
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I want to do EVERYTHING I can with them (hoping for "them" LOL) - and teach them about social responsibility, patience, kindness, generosity & living it up through real life experiences and challenges! No joke...I don't even know how to start this list....there are so many things I want to do & I want to use parenting as a good excuse to do some things Dh & I likely never would get around to doing on our own. It will also be limited by budget I am sure (as I would love to take Ds skydiving when he is old enough and backpacking in the Grand Canyon and skiing and .......). I also want to do lots & lots of volunteer work with him so that he really does understand the importance in giving and maintaining a sense of social responsibility. I will teach him that he IS his brother's keeper.
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