We have 2 girls, ages 6 and 8. DD6 has developmental delays, including very delayed speech, and we are working through the process of evaluations.
Last year was the first year we tried any sports with the girls, so they were 5 and 7. We signed them up for softball...well DD6 did Tball. First time either had picked up a bat or ball, they both really enjoyed it quite a bit. DD8 in particular had a blast, and turns out she is actually pretty good at it....went from never having picked up a bat, to getting a hit nearly every game.
DD6....not so much. She was ALL OVER the field when her team wasn't up to bat. Playing in the dirt, running across the field dance around between the coach pitching and the batter, generally just not into the game at all. And when waiting in the dugout, she was constantly either laying down in the dirt, or trying to climb the fence. It was just crazy and was a lot of work for me (and DH, though he couldn't be there often due to work.) It was even more difficult because I was having to also maintain control over DS4, who was of course 3 at the time. (just to be clear, we were applying appropriate consequences when behaviors occurred, such as removing her from the game, etc) DH and I had talked about it and said we weren't going to sign her up this year.
But......now it's sign up time. Both girls have been into "practicing" over the winter. It's been a mild winter so they both take their bats and gloves out and practice. DD8 is asking about it, and of course we plan to sign her up. But DD6 is asking too, she wants to do it. And I am waffling. There is only one gymnastics place in our area, and to sign her up just for recreational tumbling would cost more than double what signing up for softball would cost. She's never seen gymnastics, never asked to do it. Plus, she's a year more mature now, I suspect she would be more into the actual game and not likely to be as all over the place as she was last year. I also fear that we sign her up for something different, there will be tears from both girls. DD8 will want to do gymnastics too, and whine every time we take DD6, and then the reverse will happen at every softball practice drop off.
ETA: the highlight of DD6's season last year was getting her "golden bat" participation trophy. And she wants another one, is actually asking about another "golden bat"
I dunno. How do those with special needs kids handle these sorts of sports/extra curricular situations, especially with close siblings involved in those things?
Edited by happysmileylady, 14 February 2017 - 12:20 PM.