Sunday, November 23, 2008

Tumbling back and forth

Kenzie: "Mom I don't want to goooooo to tuuumbling. I dooooon't waaaaaaahnt toooo gooo. I don't like it." Insert extreme sobbing.
Me: "I've already paid for it. You're going. At least three more times."
Me, internally: "Gosh, what kind of mom will I be if I just let her quit? But then again what kind of mom will I be if I force her to keep going? Should I just give in? Should I try to recruit a friend? Should I let her try a new class?" And then I resolve to make her keep going to tumbling. Because tumbling is wholesome and good and doesn't make you go to recitals. And tumbling isn't just geared to one sex. And it is useful. How many times have I wished that I could do a back handspring? I can't even count them, there's so many.
Then, next week before tumbling:
Kenzie: "No!" Yelled emphatically in her best 'I'm-in-charge-here' voice. "No! I don't want to go. Nooooooo. Insert whining.
At tumbling: No! Mom! No! Don't leave me!" She clings to my leg as her teacher tries to coax her to the mat. "No mom! I don't want to!"
Me, internally, "This is so not worth it. I'm telling her teacher this is her last week. Maybe."
Then during tumbling I took these pictures because I figure that would be one of my only chances if I give in. She has a friend, Rusti, taking dance and she's been asking me to take her to that, so I think I will maybe give that a try. (How's that for committing, non-committally?) Does this look like someone having a bad time?



9 comments:

Kristina P. said...

No, no it does not. I would keep being a mean mom and make her go.

Anonymous said...

Pick your battles. Why spend your money on something that makes the poor child miserable? Take the money and buy CHOCOLATE to hide in your drawer. That way everyone will be happy. ;-) See you Tuesday.

kristi lou said...

I think if you've already paid then make her go as far as you've paid. After that, I agree with ANonymous.

Marcie said...

She looks like she is having the time of her life! I say do what ever works for YOU! I tried this with Brighton(twice actually) but everytime I left sweaty and tired and, dragging a screaming child. So we QUIT.

The King Family said...
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The King Family said...

Come, come, come. Or you could do a children's choir or a movement class or something different. I had 6 points for last week if you don't count cheezy tater tots as a dessert. 5 if you do.

Matt and Cris P. said...

I keep wondering if I should get Caleb into "something", but I could totally see him being like that on certain days and so we stay home. Maybe next year. I got 10 points for last week.

Tink said...

This is hilarious mainly because I went through that when my daughter first started gymnastics. I had her keep at it. Mainly she didn't want to go because it cut into her play time, but here we are 3 years later and she's loving it and wouldn't think to quit it. Good luck!

Heidi said...

I fight the same battle with Paige....she always has fun though...ughh!!