It is that time of year again. Time to start extracurricular activities up again. Charlotte and Matthew were easy. Charlotte likes to be busy and she loves her dance classes. Matthew is also enjoying his time at playgroup and dance class.
This leaves my Emmett. Last year we tried piano lessons. He cried at the thought of practicing and I really think he needed a more social activity. Spring soccer was a bit more successful. I considered the winter soccer league here, but the schedule doesn't work with all of the other things we have going on. (I have to co-ordinate all of our schedules with one vehicle....tricky at best)
This leaves Beavers. Part of me thinks that the loud setting could be overwhelming to Emmett. Another part of me thinks he could use the stimulation. Over dinner last night Richard mentioned that he did Beavers at Emmett's age and hated it. Emmett is not like other boys. Richard pointed out that Emmett is going to have social challenges until the other boys catch up to him and branch off into more defined social groups (Emmett is very firmly in the group genus Nerdus already--he carries Magic cards around with him wherever he can.) Will Beavers help him or make him feel like more of an outsider? I also have to take into consideration how tiring school can be for him now. It sometimes requires a lot of extra effort on his part to get through a day of study and therapy.
So, who am I helping? Am I signing him up for Beavers because that is what Good Moms do or because I think it will really be good for him? Am I signing him up because everyone else in the house has activities and I don't want him to be left out? I know I am over thinking this, but I am really on the fence about this. Part of me thinks we should wait a year since Emmett himself is quite ambivalent about the whole thing. Another part of me sees a future with a reclusive basement-dwelling gamer son who has no job and no friends and no outside life and maybe Beavers is the one thing that can change that outcome.
Yep. There is some serious over thinking happening over here.