My friend and coworker, Niki Pocock, was a dancer from the time she was a little girl. Since she has a young daughter, our conversation often turns to our daughters. Her toddler is just starting to test the waters of children’s activities; my teenager has been through dance, soccer, gymnastics, cheerleading, a few I have probably forgotten (but definitely paid for) and is now back at dance. Her daughter is “little,” mine is “big,” but Niki and I both share big dreams for our children to find some path that brings them joy.
I appreciate Niki’s guest post, in which she shares her experiences thus far in the world of children’s activities (and parents’ pocketbooks). Niki blogs at It’s All Wrong and you can find her on Twitter here: @NikiPocock.
Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many. My pronouns are she/her/hers.
Colleen Gehoski Steinman says
My son played hockey for about ten years, from elementary school all through high school and travel teams for some of those years. It's a pay-to-play sport and he was a goalie. Leg pads for a goalie are about $1,500 and a good goalie helmet is about $300. Every time I thought of complaining, I remember what damage a frozen puck traveling at 90 mph can do to a child's head or knee. I gladly paid for well-made eqipment that kept him safe.
A typical season playing fees are about $1,000. This doesn't include all the gas money, hotels and camp fees. Some people might think we were crazy to encourage him to play hockey, but we have wonderful family memories of tournaments, heartbreaking games and heart-stopping season wins. My son learned how to handle criticism, rejection and good sportsmanship. It was well worth every penny.
Knowledge is power................................................
Karen Thurston Chavez says
I'm late to post a comment, but I'm going to anyway.
When we forked over almost $1,000 this past summer for our 15-year-old to play summer-league lacrosse, I coughed, choked, gagged … and then remembered how much money my mother must have handed over for my horse, riding lessons, horse shows, boarding, vet and farrier bills, tack, show gear …
Like you, Niki, the discipline, focus and responsibility I learned during my “horse years” are still with me. I'm so grateful I had that experience.
As long as my boys are actively engaged and enjoying whatever sport or activity they're interested in, we'll find a way to pay for it.
Thanks for sharing!