Classes and Lessons
We've come a long way from the "olden days" when the idea of music classes for toddlers, or martial arts for kids may have sent someone into a fainting tizzy. Far from then, nowadays children are involved in a lot of different classes, with things like Dance Kids becoming a thing, and special gym for kids classes appearing.
But in my opinion, some things are more important than others.
Baby and Kids Classes
Baby and Kids Classes are very popular, especially in the major city centres of Sydney and Melbourne in Australia.
Things like baby swimming lessons are incredibly important. Drowning is a huge danger in Australia, especially in summer, and the advent of accessible baby swimming lessons is always a good thing.
I of course, terrible mother that I am, missed the boat entirely on baby swimming lessons. Something about the absolute exhaustion of new motherhood and the leaking breasts wasn't really conducive to fitting myself into a swimming costume, but that's my issue. Baby swimming lessons are important and you should do them.
Also important: Art Classes for kids. Schools are removing art classes for kids from their curriculum, so if you can find a good art class and your kid likes art, then you should absolute join and go.
Art classes for kids teach more than just art - they teach perfectionist children to see the beauty in things not turning out properly, they teach colour theory, spatial awareness, the art of seeing things, and fine motor skills. It's really important that kids do art (slightly less important than learning how to not drown in deep water, but still).
Get your kid into some art classes for kids ASAP.
Okay, now. Music classes for toddlers. Have you ever seen what happens when you arm a group of toddlers with drums, xylophones, and triangles? It's HILARIOUS. You should do it, just for the laughs. But maybe get some earplugs first. Just a suggestion.
Kids lessons can be costly, but your child will benefit from doing something outside of the normal. Whether that's gym for kids, paint for kids, or just taking your baby along to baby lessons, where I assume they sit with other babies and learn how to be babies (they're certainly not learning how to sleep through the night, ask me how I know).
Gym for babies is slightly less scary than it sounds. Rather than learning to lift weights, it's more about gently rolling down padded hills, kicking their mothers in the face, and possibly learning how to do a weird somersault with lots of help. Gym for children is slightly more interesting, they get to do trampolining, and who doesn't love flying through the sky at great speeds?
Children lessons can be dull for parents (not so much for the children, otherwise they wouldn't be so interested in going), so take along a book, or your iPod. Don't be intimidated by the other parents there - you're all there for the same thing, even if your child is facing the wrong way and screeching, rather than learning how dance kids can benefit her fitness as she gets older. It's okay. We've all been there. Or maybe your kid will be the top of the class. I don't know. I suppose someone has to be top of the class.
In any case, your child will benefit from extracurricular activities they're interested in. Sign them up and watch the hilarity happen.