With the start of the new school year in Belgium, the activities for the children also start again. As part of our education goals, we want them to be social, be sporty and build up experiences. Both of our girls are now old enough to take on some sport activity.
We need to plan a little better our weekends. Next to their sport activity, there are the household chores and of course some me-time to blog, read on PF, manage the investment portfolio.
It turns out you can combine some of the above activities… If you are flexible on what you do where, there is always a solution
Due to the age difference of the girls, they can not take on a sports activity together. The time schedule is different for both of them. This means dropping off the oldest, back home, picking up the oldest, back home, and repeat for the youngest one. That is what a cab driver feels like. In the initial setup,we were not able to optimize with other parents as they were the only ones on that specific activity.
After looking around and speaking to other parents, we are testing today an activity where some kids from the school also go to. This creates opportunities to organize the transport going forward. Imagine the time gain if there is one shared ride to the activity.
We also suggested to the oldest one to take 2 lessons. She is doing this as I write. At this time, both kids are sporting in the same place. It is gym, she really likes it. During summer already, she practiced some moves on our trampoline at home. She is also very open to discover new things and in a playground, she climbs everything she spots. I want to stimulate her curiosity
And what about me? I am blogging, leveraging modern technology: a laptop and a WIFI hotspot on my mobile phone. It also allows me to be in the same gymroom as the oldest one. At the start of class 2, she was skeptical… I promised here I would stay and watch her. I am curious to see how she feels after the lesson.
What is the lesson here:
You need to flexible to look for solutions beyond the obvious one that you spot first. It takes some more planning and looking around, but the benefit is worth it.
I am sitting here on my behind in a gym room with a laptop (I am actually the only one, kinda weird. Others limit themselves to a book or eReader). I do not mind doing this. I can watch from time to time the oldest one, she sees me, and this will probably help her to take the second gym class.
The organisation is also flexible: they allow parents to sit in the gym room and watch the kids. I do not know if this will still be the case a few weeks from now… But there is a cafeteria around, so that is a good alternative
We now approach the end of the second gym class. She looked at me and gave 2 thumbs up… Lets see what she has to tell and what she does next time.
Do you have some examples where you are creative and flexible to reach a far better solution?