Recently there was a post from Amanda who wrote about the cost of ballet lessons This got me thinking. With my hubby’s surgery’s and the children’s performances over the summer I was way behind my usual schedule and so not organized! So I started to get cracking on registering my kiddies for the activities they want to participate in and became utterly depressed.
This September is very different because this time around 6 out of the 8 children are old enough and wanting to participate in various activities. I asked them what they wanted to do and here is how it all added up:
Sebastian: Ball Hockey – cost $190
Joshua: Fencing – $284
Zachary: Fencing – $110
Arielle: Tumbling / Trampoline – $270.50
Marie: Tumbling / Trampoline – $270.50
Ryley: Gymnastics – $270.50
Grand total: $1395.50
Now this amount wouldn’t be that crazy except that this is only for one session or approx 13 weeks for each child! If I add another two sessions (winter / spring) my grand total now becomes $4186.50. Yikes.
This said and done I have to add in the fact that I need to have a babysitter at least twice a week because certain classes require me there and I can’t take all the children with me – okay I can take them all but:
1. It’s just me, the hubby isn’t here to watch the other children.
2. Some classes are still running when my babies are sleeping.
3. Some children are just too wild to sit patiently and watch their siblings
4. I don’t want to take them all. Seriously I don’t.
The babysitter is going to cost me approx $50 – $60 a week. Then there is the cost of gas to get them there, the uniforms, shoes, oh yeah and did I mention that I already know the path that Ryley is on? Yes he is my crazy 5 year old that can climb 8 foot fences, street light poles, and move furniture such as bunk beds, Sofa’s, and dressers? He can also do the splits. He has been blessed with my genetics and speaking as a former National gymnastics coach I know he is heading towards the competitive end of the sport so there will be more expenses for him I’m sure.
Don’t get me wrong, I love having so many children and am fortunate that they can participate in such things, however, how did being active become so expensive?
Are your children involved in sports or other activities? How many activities do you let them do during the week? Does the cost of such activities stress you out?
Until next time