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Back to School (and a budget question)



Labor Day is over – it is back to school time, even for those of us that are not in school. This is our first week where all of Leila’s classes are back in full swing. Last year we had three constants. This year we have six. As anyone that spends their entire day with a 2 ½ year old will know, this is a good thing. I very much appreciate having mornings full of activities to keep us occupied and out of the house.

We’ve got Tyke Hikes at the Houston Arboretum and Persian play dates with Baba Joon on Mondays. Tuesday is Spanish class. Wednesday is now swim class for our squirt. Thursday is Toddler Storytime at the library and some quality time with Grandma. Then it’s Friday, which is always a good time to catch up on errands or make a trip to the Children’s Museum. Afternoons are for rest. As for the mornings, keep them packed please.

For the first two years, we happily took advantage of the most cost-effective (read free/practically free) activities in the city. Now that Leila is older, we’re starting to dip our toes into classes. It is not cheap. Even with just a limited swim and Spanish class, we’ll have spent $1400 by the end of the year. When I think of all of the other options – dance, gymnastics, music, sports, art, etc. – I get overwhelmed with possibility and expense. We haven’t yet officially determined how we’ll budget for this. Right now a membership or two and a class or two seems to be just right. Leila’s still quite young, but I like the idea of keeping to a one or two things at a time limit. It seems manageable.

How do you decide?