Dealing with Changes in Extracurriculars: Navigating the Grief

 

I am experiencing some grief, guys. My name is Shanna, and this is Making Everyday Magic. If you’re new here, we are a homeschooling family of four, in our seventh year of homeschooling, with a second and a sixth grader. Today, I wanted to pop on and just chat through some of my feelings with you about when extracurriculars change.

As always, you can find me right down in the comments or over on Instagram at Making Everyday Magic.

When Extracurriculars Change

I’m going to be talking about changes, specifically in the instance of extracurriculars, but really, it’s any kind of change. Anytime something doesn’t go according to plan or doesn’t go the way you think it would, whether it’s in homeschooling, extracurriculars, life, business, or relationships, it is natural to go through a form of grief. I know that can sound dramatic, but when you’ve invested time, and energy, and can see a whole path ahead, it’s okay to grieve when things change.

Now, I’m specifically talking about when extracurriculars change, not for me, but for my kids. Many of you know that my girls dance. We started when my oldest was four, and my youngest was just six weeks old. Dance was a significant part of our lives, and we invested time, energy, and money into it. It was a journey filled with friendship, relationships, and socialization.

However, there came a time when my daughters and I decided that dance was no longer the best fit. This decision brought about a grieving process as it marked the end of an era and a change in our lives. It was challenging, but it’s essential to acknowledge that when things change, it’s okay to be sad about it. Change can be hard.

When Extracurriculars Change

In our case, we embarked on a new journey. We explored various activities that offered homeschool classes during the day. We tried ninja, fencing, basketball, and even theater, and my oldest daughter has discovered a passion for theater. It was a tough decision, but we’re proud of her for standing by her choice, even when it meant stepping away from something that she had invested so much in.

As a family, we are excited about these new opportunities, even if it means adjusting to a different routine and meeting new people. Change is part of life, and it’s okay to grieve the loss of what once was, but it’s also an opportunity for growth and new experiences.

When Extracurriculars Change

In conclusion, dealing with changes, especially in extracurricular activities, can be a challenging and emotional process. It’s essential to recognize that grieving is a natural response to change, and it’s okay to feel sadness when things don’t go as planned. Embracing new opportunities and being proud of your children for making mature decisions is a significant part of the journey.

Change is hard, but it can also lead to exciting new adventures. Stay tuned for more updates on our homeschooling and life journey, and as always, thank you for joining me here at Making Everyday Magic.

 

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