We have been trying to help the kids learn to make choices and budget their time. Of course, being children, these are adult skills and they aren’t perfect!
I have to say I was so proud of Tiger the other day though. He made a commitment (and shook hands on it) to his piano teacher to practice a minimum of 45 minutes per day 6 days per week to get ready for a music festival and adjudication in March. He also made the same commitment to me and shook my hand.
Fridays are our busiest days because of co-op and it can be hard to get that piano practice in by the end of the day. Two weeks ago, Tiger realized it was 5pm and he had karate, dinner, piano, and bed. He realized he would not be able to do it all. He made the decision to stay home from karate to practice piano and committed to go to karate 3 times the following week to make up for the missed class. As B went to class, Tiger sat down at the piano and practiced for the next hour. Last week, he attended class 3 times.
It may not seem like much, but Tiger is preparing for a karate test in two weeks. After 6 years of training, he will be testing for his first degree brown belt. While he does feel confident going into the test, he knows that the more practice he has, the better he will do. He had a tough choice to make and I think he did a really good job.