Her love of dance and gymnastics has me thinking a lot lately about what type of activity to sign Miss M up for this year. She is five now and old enough to register for most of the children's programs. The fall registration book should be out next week and Miss M has already made dozens of requests. She wants to try everything. Her favorites (so far) are: dance (ballet), music (guitar or piano), karate (or taekwondo), girl scouts, swimming, gymnastics and indoor sports (soccer or baseball)... to name a few! I think this is great, and although we don't exactly have the time or money for her to try all of these activities, I'm really glad that she's keen on learning new things and being active.
What's been bothering me is that in reality there are some things that she is physically unable to do. Because of her disability she can't point her toes, which pretty much rules out ballet. She needs to walk in her braces for ankle support, which pretty much rules out karate. And what about soccer? I suppose at this age it would be okay, but will she be frustrated that she can't run as fast as the other kids? I know there are other things that she is interested in where her condition won't be an issue, but what about the ones that are? How do I tell my five-year-old daughter that she "can't" do something when I know she believes that she can do anything? As her mother, isn't it my job to encourage her? That's the way I've always looked at it, and now I'm torn about what to say if she really wants to take something like ballet or karate.
I think we'll wait for the catalog to arrive, discuss her preferences (maybe even find some new ones) and I'll go from there. Perhaps she'll choose painting or cooking or bird watching! Maybe the topic of her disability won't even come up, and then my anxiety will go down. I hope. Because my little Supergirl is determined to do anything she sets her mind to, and that's fine by me!
Miss M, Rock Star, enjoying a waffle bowl sundae