A 6-Year-Old Evaluates Every Extracurricular Activity Heâ€™s Ever Done
With 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 kidsâ€™ extracurricular activities. This time, I decided to interview my 6-year-old son about every single activity heâ€™s ever done before I signed him up for anything new. Below is a transcript of the interview, edited only for length and clarity. Itâ€™s possible that Iâ€™ve been overthinking things.
Biddy Tennis, taken at age 6 at Boys and Girls Club:
Son: We learnedâ€¦what was it called? Serve and pass, which was when it started to not be so good.
Mom: What didnâ€™t you like about that?
Son: Well, I didnâ€™t really hit the ball so muchâ€¦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 youâ€™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 thereâ€™s a rest place that I never get to go to because thereâ€™s this person that always goes there, but otherwise itâ€™s like a break place. If someoneâ€™s there and you need a break thereâ€™s like a childâ€™s pose. Iâ€™ll show it to you (demonstrates pose)â€¦ Thereâ€™s like a relaxing time at the end. There are eye pillows. They donâ€™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 weâ€™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: Itâ€™s like finding nature and the first couple days we observed nature. I couldnâ€™t wait until the magnifying glasses on the day they were on the table.
Mom: What did you see with those?
Son: Seedsâ€¦[and] we were like observing bonesâ€¦ They didnâ€™t smell really good.
Mom: Thatâ€™s awesome. This sounds like youâ€™re really enjoying it. Is that true?
Son: Pretty much.
Mom: Is there anything you donâ€™t like about it?
Son: Yeah, most of the time weâ€™re just talking.
Mom: So would you recommend it to a friend?
Son: Mmm mmm mmmm (to the tune of â€œI donâ€™t knowâ€).
Mom: You donâ€™t know.
Son: I would say you should go but itâ€™s pretty boring.
Mom: Really? Gosh, it doesnâ€™t sound that boring, though.
Son: Well, I mean because itâ€™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 â€”
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.