Noah started his first martial arts class tonight. I was planning to put him into Tae Kwon Do but it just didn't work out and I wanted to get started before school got out. I found this class through Grandville Community Education and Steve took him to his first one tonight. The instructor has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do so it is comforting to know that the tenets are there. Unfortunately, Thursday is my full day/night of teaching so I couldn't go.
As a matter of fact, it is really bothering me that I won't be able to see him in ANY of his classes because I always teach on Thursday nights. I can't take one off because I am taking one off already in two weeks for our trip to St. Louis.
I am actually surprised at how much it is bothering me. I can't believe he will complete an entire session and I won't have attended a single class. I remember my mom not going to anything of mine and I always swore that my kids would never feel the same way. It's my job as a mom to be part of whatever they do and I feel completely cut off. I guess he tests for his first belt in week 10 and I am going to HAVE to take that night off. I WILL NOT miss his first test.
Steve said he did really well. There were only two other kids in the class, which I think is too small but Noah seemed excited...he came running out of bed when I walked in the door to tell me "I really like Mr. Ernie". It still unnerved me when Steve told me that he needs to buy "protective gear". He's only five. I know I would feel better about this idea if I were seeing for myself what they were actually DOING that required protective gear.
The purpose of putting him into the class is not for any reason other than the discipline related to the study of martial arts. I think it will be good for him to learn other ways to solve conflict besides fighting.
Speaking of discipline issues, we had a REALLY GOOD day today. Mommy didn't raise her voice a single time. Noah earned a STACK LOAD of tickets. Here is a picture of how he likes to count his tickets to see what he can "buy". I don't think he's figured out the whole budgeting thing yet, but he will soon enough.
Have a great Friday.
I will be posting my 100th this weekend...YEA!!!!!