I've been pretty relaxed on scheduling Will for things. We've done some swimming lessons (repeating Level 1 for the fourth time this spring) and a few soccer classes. Last summer we did nothing. I really don't want to be the over scheduling type of parent. I want him to be a kid.
But a few months ago, I saw a sign for acting classes for kids. I looked up the program and it turns out it's an hour and a half for 4-6 year-olds. They spend half an hour on dance, singing and acting each. It's play based and has run successfully around the world. I got really excited about it for him. Will is a natural performer. Perhaps not on a stage yet, but when no one is watching, the kid is all about singing and making up stories. He has different voices for his 'guys' and can stop you dead with one of his dramatic looks. (like this one). I really think he'll love it.
Here's another reason I think it's important. I want him to be confident from the get-go. I don't want him to suffer from the same anxiety that I have suffered from in the past. I went to a workshop recently on how to recognize and deal with anxiety in children. I'm not worried about anything right now, but he's definitely genetically prone to it. I asked what I could do to try and fend off the issue before it starts. An older woman in the crowd who could barely speak english stood up, looked me directly in the eye and tearfully explained that both of her adult children suffer from crippling anxiety. She urged me to start Will in confidence building activities like acting now.
I thanked her and sat down and smiled. I had registered him the week before.
He better not forget me in his Oscar acceptance speech...or bring some tart to the ceremony instead of his mother.