A 6-Year-Old Evaluates Every Extracurricular Activity He’s Ever Done

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boy-soccer-whistleWith every new season, the Boys and Girls Club Brochure comes out, sending me and many other parents I know into a frenzy of agonizing over their kids’ extracurricular activities. This time, I decided to interview my 6-year-old son about every single activity he’s ever done before I signed him up for anything new. Below is a transcript of the interview, edited only for length and clarity. It’s possible that I’ve been overthinking things.


Biddy Tennis, taken at age 6 at Boys and Girls Club:

Son: We learned…what was it called? Serve and pass, which was when it started to not be so good.
Mom: What didn’t you like about that?
Son: Well, I didn’t really hit the ball so much…and it was boring and it was just boring.

Yoga, taken at age 4.5 at yoga studio:

Son: Pretty boring. It was a little too hard but I got pretty used to the downward dog, which I almost totally forgot about.
Mom: You did? Did we wait too long between yoga classes?

Son: No, not really.
Mom: I was just wondering if you could compare the first [yoga class you took] to the [one you’re taking now].
Son: Maybe [when we talk about] the second one.

Yoga, taken at age 6, offered for free at his school before school begins:

Mom: How does it make your body feel?
Son: Pretty good. Oh, and there’s a rest place that I never get to go to because there’s this person that always goes there, but otherwise it’s like a break place. If someone’s there and you need a break there’s like a child’s pose. I’ll show it to you (demonstrates pose)… There’s like a relaxing time at the end. There are eye pillows. They don’t smell so good. And sometimes she puts on music and sometimes she makes us imagine.

Mom: What do you imagine?
Son: The only times we’ve imagined is about a rainbow. Seriously.
Mom: What do you imagine about the rainbow?
Son: I forget.

Nature Detectives, taken at age 6, run by staff from a local Audubon refuge after school:

Son: It’s like finding nature and the first couple days we observed nature. I couldn’t wait until the magnifying glasses on the day they were on the table.
Mom: What did you see with those?
Son: Seeds…[and] we were like observing bones… They didn’t smell really good.
Mom: That’s awesome. This sounds like you’re really enjoying it. Is that true?
Son: Pretty much.
Mom: Is there anything you don’t like about it?
Son: Yeah, most of the time we’re just talking.
Mom: So would you recommend it to a friend?
Son: Mmm mmm mmmm (to the tune of “I don’t know”).
Mom: You don’t know.
Son: I would say you should go but it’s pretty boring.
Mom: Really? Gosh, it doesn’t sound that boring, though.
Son: Well, I mean because it’s mostly talking.

Soccer, taken at age 4.5 and signed up again this spring, run by the town:

Mom: You took soccer a while ago. Like a year and a —
Son: (interrupts) It was pretty boring.
Mom: Pretty boring.
Son: It was fun because [best friend] was on a different team and we even played an actual game against that team and it was like the next team over to that way (points).
Mom: So what made you decide not to do soccer the next time?
Son: Mmm mmm mmm. Oh, I remembered it was pretty boring. Most of these (gestures to list of all activities) are pretty boring.


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