What after school clubs do your children go to?

Found 26th Nov 2009
My daughter goes for swimming, ballet (in school), judo (in school, but after school ) and dance if I can be bothered to take her (pay as you go), sunday class cookery and craft (in school, after school too)



But her friends go to judo, dance, languages, music (esp. piano), football, kumon and all sorts in evening and weekends. I don't know how the parents manage all that.



I'm thinking of taking her to one more in the weekends, but can't decide which one



What and how many clubs do your children go to and what is the rationale behind it? :))

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wow thats a lot, my 6yr old just does swimming at the wkend and thats enough!

I have tried to encourage him to do an after school sports club but he's not interested.

i used to do volleyball and football, curling at the weekends and basketball whenever i could lol

5 year old does Dance, Music Club, Singing, Swimming and Arts and Crafts when its on. Like to keep her busy

my 8 year old goes to choir, cubs & italian lessons

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owens101;7010761

wow thats a lot, my 6yr old just does swimming at the wkend and thats … wow thats a lot, my 6yr old just does swimming at the wkend and thats enough!I have tried to encourage him to do an after school sports club but he's not interested.



I'm thinking of some sports clubs too but can't decide which one

micoo;7010780

i used to do volleyball and football, curling at the weekends and … i used to do volleyball and football, curling at the weekends and basketball whenever i could lol



Hey, thats a lot of sports man :thumbsup:

Eldest (9) does karate 4 times a week but that includes one lesson on Saturday. The youngest (5) will be starting in the New Year too but his classes will be on different days. I wanted him to go to street dance lessons as he has a talent but he tells me that's gay!! :roll:

It's extremely difficult for me to get them to extra activities as I don't home from work until 5.30pm everyday.

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bassman_uk;7010802

5 year old does Dance, Music Club, Singing, Swimming and Arts and Crafts … 5 year old does Dance, Music Club, Singing, Swimming and Arts and Crafts when its on. Like to keep her busy


:w00t: You are one of those parents!! :giggle: Seriously though, are these activities spread out during the week and weekends?


cheerleader;7010823

my 8 year old goes to choir, cubs & italian lessons



Is that church choir? In my church no children in choir. Oh!! mine go to sunday class too:p

6 yr old does ju jitsu on wednesdays and computer games club on tuesday at school. he was asking to do more stuff!

Marina;7010832

I'm thinking of some sports clubs too but can't decide which one Hey, … I'm thinking of some sports clubs too but can't decide which one Hey, thats a lot of sports man :thumbsup:



lol, now its basketball 5 times a week, curling most weeks and the occasional game of footy :lol:

My 8 year old goes to swimming club, brownies, School Youth club, Church Youth Club

magicbeans;7010877

6 yr old does ju jitsu on wednesdays and computer games club on tuesday … 6 yr old does ju jitsu on wednesdays and computer games club on tuesday at school. he was asking to do more stuff!



get him started on brazillian jujitsu, i used to do it, great fun but it can be quite painfull :lol:

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I'll catch up with this thread at night, keep posting people

My 8 year old just goes to Brownies. I know some kids who go to clubs everyday - thats too much

Why do people feel the need to absolutely cram every spare minute of their childrens lives with 'activities'. When do they get the time to just chill and be children. One or two activities is ok but any more is I think too much. Maybe Im alone in thinking this but its just my POV.

LJM;7010978

Why do people feel the need to absolutely cram every spare minute of … Why do people feel the need to absolutely cram every spare minute of their childrens lives with 'activities'. When do they get the time to just chill and be children. One or two activities is ok but any more is I think too much. Maybe Im alone in thinking this but its just my POV.



i think the more the better, if the kids enjoy it, why not? i did a lot when i was at school, primary and secondary, every day after school i was doing something then sports at the weekend, it was all my choice tho, wouldnt have done it if i didnt want to :thumbsup:

My 7 yr old daughter does brownies and dance oh and is in the choir at school

My 4 yr old son doesnt do any - he just doesnt want to yet so will wait and see what interests him when he's ready

Oh and they do the 'go to your room/stop fighting/bickering "class"' most evenings but they don't seem to learn much :?

loobie;7011004

My 7 yr old daughter does brownies and dance oh and is in the choir at … My 7 yr old daughter does brownies and dance oh and is in the choir at schoolMy 4 yr old son doesnt do any - he just doesnt want to yet so will wait and see what interests him when he's ready



basketball is the way forward :lol:

LJM;7010978

Why do people feel the need to absolutely cram every spare minute of … Why do people feel the need to absolutely cram every spare minute of their childrens lives with 'activities'. When do they get the time to just chill and be children. One or two activities is ok but any more is I think too much. Maybe Im alone in thinking this but its just my POV.



I agree! I think they should be able to try differnt things but not all together.

When i was a kid i was lucky enough that my mum let me try virtually anything i wanted to so had a go at piano, gymnastics, ballet, swimming club, drama club and choir. Didnt carry any of the skills on into adulthood but glad i tried them.

micoo;7011038

basketball is the way forward :lol:



He is a shortarse so not likely! My daughter is getting a basketball and net for xmas so you never know :thumbsup:

my daughter who is eleven goes to sea cadets on a tues an thurs now she is at secondry school,used to do swimming music dance netball at primary....

Sometimes I think some parents try to score 'brownie points' over each other ie the more activities their children go to, the better parents they are!

loobie;7011080

He is a shortarse so not likely! My daughter is getting a basketball and … He is a shortarse so not likely! My daughter is getting a basketball and net for xmas so you never know :thumbsup:



haha, if hes 4 hes got time to grow, i was 5 ft 2 till i was 15, im 18 now and im 6 ft 4 :lol:

oh i also did scouts etc, played piano, still do occasionally, played viola, kickboxing, brazilian jujitsu, golf, tennis, will ad more if i remember them, but ye it was all my choice parent were happy to let me do everything i wanted

LJM;7010978

Why do people feel the need to absolutely cram every spare minute of … Why do people feel the need to absolutely cram every spare minute of their childrens lives with 'activities'. When do they get the time to just chill and be children. One or two activities is ok but any more is I think too much. Maybe Im alone in thinking this but its just my POV.


My daughter chooses (and is in no way forced) to do irish dancing on a monday (out of school) drama club on a tuesday (in school but after) then later on tuedsay and thursdays she does kick boxing, Wednesday she does some other sort of dancing at school. She also wants to join the girl guides or sea cadets, but they both clash with her kick boxing. I like her doing all these things, better than her monging out in front of the telly. But as I said she opts to do all these (it costs a sall fortune every week).

Marina;7010870

Is that church choir? In my church no children in choir. Oh!! mine go to … Is that church choir? In my church no children in choir. Oh!! mine go to sunday class too:p


no, it's a school after school club
his favourite is his italian lessons (also at school after school) which he'd do every day if they did it :lol:

LJM;7011191

Sometimes I think some parents try to score 'brownie points' over each … Sometimes I think some parents try to score 'brownie points' over each other ie the more activities their children go to, the better parents they are!


I think some people on the internet jump to conclusions.

Paddy_o_furniture;7011233

I think some people on the internet jump to conclusions.



:lol::lol: repped :lol:

Paddy_o_furniture;7011214

My daughter chooses (and is in no way forced) to do irish dancing on a … My daughter chooses (and is in no way forced) to do irish dancing on a monday


oh no :shock: she wasn't at butlins bognor regis last month for the irish dancing championships was she? i find these little girls with the tight ringlet curls & thick makeup really scarey :w00t:

cheerleader;7011266

oh no :shock: she wasn't at butlins bognor regis last month for the irish … oh no :shock: she wasn't at butlins bognor regis last month for the irish dancing championships was she? i find these little girls with the tight ringlet curls & thick makeup really scarey :w00t:


Nah she's just started doing it after watching river dance and enjoying it. Not my cup of tea neither but if she's happy I am.

My 7yr DD does Multi sports club after school tuesday and cookery club after school wednesday, then music school thursday night for Drum lessons, she actually said the other day that all she needs to do if find something for Monday and friday

fireheaven;7011019

Oh and they do the 'go to your room/stop fighting/bickering "class"' … Oh and they do the 'go to your room/stop fighting/bickering "class"' most evenings but they don't seem to learn much :?


oooh mine do those classes 7 days a week & don't learn much either :whistling: think i'll ask for a refund :lol:

I used to go to Drama. Now I'm an A-Level Student with an interview and audition at RADA and Central

Drama is good for general confident, social and vocal. Learn to present aswell (for business) Also learn rhythm, dance possibly and some theory if you take it further.

Paddy_o_furniture;7011292

Nah she's just started doing it after watching river dance and enjoying … Nah she's just started doing it after watching river dance and enjoying it. Not my cup of tea neither but if she's happy I am.


well imagine having a nice family break to find thousands of them there :w00t: i had nightmares for ages after :lol:

cheerleader;7011345

well imagine having a nice family break to find thousands of them there … well imagine having a nice family break to find thousands of them there :w00t: i had nightmares for ages after :lol:


Wouldn't be my cup of tea neither.

LJM;7010978

Why do people feel the need to absolutely cram every spare minute of … Why do people feel the need to absolutely cram every spare minute of their childrens lives with 'activities'. When do they get the time to just chill and be children. One or two activities is ok but any more is I think too much. Maybe Im alone in thinking this but its just my POV.



I certainly dont force my girl into activities. She wants to go to them as her mates go too, who am i to stop her doing what she wants

Paddy_o_furniture;7011233

I think some people on the internet jump to conclusions.



+1

My 9yr old son goes to Karate 3 times a week, Monday (private 1 to 1 lesson), Tuesday and Friday. He goes to Drama on a Saturday morning and goes to Confirmation classes on a Sunday morning.

I think as long as they enjoy what they do, it doesn't matter how much or how little they participate in. I think a nice balance is a mixture of a physical activity, a artistic activity and an educational one.

Banned

my little man doesnt go to any, although we are trying to encourage something for him but he isnt keen

sassie;7011504

my little man doesnt go to any, although we are trying to encourage … my little man doesnt go to any, although we are trying to encourage something for him but he isnt keen



have you tried basketball :lol:

Paddy_o_furniture;7011214

My daughter chooses (and is in no way forced) to do irish dancing on a … My daughter chooses (and is in no way forced) to do irish dancing on a monday (out of school) drama club on a tuesday (in school but after) then later on tuedsay and thursdays she does kick boxing, Wednesday she does some other sort of dancing at school. She also wants to join the girl guides or sea cadets, but they both clash with her kick boxing. I like her doing all these things, better than her monging out in front of the telly. But as I said she opts to do all these (it costs a sall fortune every week).



Ohhh I used to do the Irish dancing when I was a child but totally lost interest once I started secondary school

cheerleader;7011328

oooh mine do those classes 7 days a week & don't learn much either … oooh mine do those classes 7 days a week & don't learn much either :whistling: think i'll ask for a refund :lol:



Good thinking ;-)

nessynoo01;7011313

My 7yr DD does Multi sports club after school tuesday and cookery club … My 7yr DD does Multi sports club after school tuesday and cookery club after school wednesday, then music school thursday night for Drum lessons, she actually said the other day that all she needs to do if find something for Monday and friday



:lol: at least she is not stuck in front of a tv or console. Do you eat her cooking? I can never bring myself to eat anything my boys have made unless I have supervised, I would be frightened what I might bite into
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