Written by guest · 84 Comments The following is a guest post by my 8-year old son, Salem Becker. I translated your post to my son Luca (we live in The Netherlands) who is also 8 years old and he totally agrees with you.
As a result, he insisted we clean his room and donate all the toys that he has outgrown or no longer plays with.
Love the 8 year old perspective, and I really love that his 1st reason for not having so many toys is that it takes too long to pick them up.
Jill is a busy mom to five kids — four girls and a boy — who writes a blog called Cheaper Than Therapy, where this story first appeared. I’ll find an opening for my son next spring — there has to be a Bad News Bears team somewhere.
I believe that your never too old to start something new, whether that is a sport or even a career path!
Active For LifeActive for Life is the place where parents go to learn about activities for kids. You might be thinking that I'm being too bossy, telling couples what they should and should not do as far assigning roles to children, but really, I'm just trying to help. There are other things you can have children do in a wedding if you want to include them but they don't fit the established age categories for traditional wedding party. Many of my clients opt to host child-free or "adults only" destination wedding weekends for their friends and family. Sadly, lots of my clients include children ONLY because they've been told they had to by their parents (adorable nieces and nephews, ya know) or because they would hurt their friend's feelings if her little girl (who happens to be the bride's goddaughter) wasn't asked to be in the wedding. People out there who already have children, take note: it is rude to push your adorable little kiddos at your friends for their wedding party. You should have flower girls and ring bearers in your wedding if you want to, and really, you can do anything you want with those roles if you like. Discuss it with your fiance, agree on who you're going to ask to be in your wedding party together, and then make it so. It can be a difficult choice for them because there is a lot of new stuff in the toy stores everyday. Because they just might break right away like the things that I get with tickets at Pizza Putt.
For example, if you are going to get a couple of cars, you should get the cars that interest you. I am printing this and giving it to my eight-year-old son whose birthday is coming up next week.

He played two years ago and thought it was really boring, but is convinced he’ll like it now. They make it clear from the beginning that the little ones aren't included, and the only exception should be members of the wedding party, such as the flower girl or ring bearer. We pre-petal many an aisle before the itty-bitty flower girl wanders down it because we know she's not quite up to the task. Invite the kids, and spread the word as necessary (not on social media, for God's sake), and move on.
And if you are having a play date with other people at your house, you can play it with them.
Baseball is already a game predicated on failure (you make outs much more often than hits). Physical literacy also gives active kids the best chance to someday compete in high-performance sport. That's certainly their privilege, but be warned -- if you have some guests or family who are upset you aren't including their children, you may take a little heat for the wee ones in your wedding. Asking forces the bride into a difficult position where she either has to invite your little darling or not have a flower girl or ring bearer at all, lest she hurt your feelings and choose another child. However, I’m the type of parent that just needs a little nugget of interest from a kid and I go off and figure out how to get it started. They are very good at it, but most of their free time is spent either at practice or with the team. So long as your son can tolerate struggling while he is learning the basic skills which others have already mastered you are right, he can catch up.
Kids activities are organized here by age and gender, so parents can find fun and engaging ways of making sure their children get the recommended daily amount of physical activity. Not just here on Vieques, but even at a few of my friends' weddings I attended back in the states.
It would feel wasteful if he only played with it for a few weeks and then it lay ignored afterwards.
A lot of those parents may not be thinking pro right away, but they’re all thinking high school, and most college. However, you should know that some of these kids who practice a lot and get private instruction during the season are multi sport athletes too and they have an advantage that can only made up by work, not just time.
Activities for toddlers are aimed at the development of fundamental movement skills, while activities for children build on the fundamentals to establish more complex sport skills that can be used to play any number of sports and activities. I just about peed my pants laughing when I saw the little guys with their flower crowns and garlands, and then thought, wow, those are pictures most of them will LOVE in a few years.

A groom I know recently forced my friend to have his younger cousin as a bridesmaid, despite the fact the bride had never met this cousin. And get a good pictures of the ring bearer standing at the altar picking his nose for the bride's scrapbook. At the same time, I felt that it was so rare for him to ask for something that he really wanted.
One absolutely insane uncle at a wedding actually emailed me that he'd heard there might be children in the wedding party (there weren't) and that it better not be true because IF there were, his daughter should be a flower girl. But do not make a big deal out of something that will cause the bride stress and won't really matter in your life six months down the road.
He was not really accepted by the other Kids who had been playing together for several years and were obviously more advanced.
In the early stages of child growth, early childhood development is dependent on appropriate exercises for children.
Look, I'm the most open-minded planner in the world, but draping little boys in flowers and forcing them to walk down the aisle behind the flower girls is just more than I can take. If she had it to do over, the bride would put her foot down because she now she thinks it would have been worth it dealing with immeasurable blowback from the groom's family to do without the cousin. You should look back at the pictures from your wedding and see the adorable pictures of the children and be really happy to remember them at that age playing such an important role in your big day. I can't even make eye contact with my staff as I'm sending these little guys down the aisle because I'll totally crack up. If you're bullied into making a too-young niece a junior bridesmaid or you're forced into a pair of badly behaved ring bearers because your fiance just couldn't say no to his cousin, you may end up regretting having children in the wedding party at all.
The lacrosse kids, for the most part, were multi sport kids and play football (together) in the fall. Fortunately, flower boys are no longer a trend and we're seeing less of it, at least at destination weddings. If your son is going to play into high school etc he should continue being a multi stream player but baseball has to remain one of the streams so he can develop those sport specific skills during that season.

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