Supporting Our Child's Activities in School5:53 PM
My youngest daughter loves being part of any school activity that requires her to dress up for the role. The excitement we see in her whenever she does manage to be included in such an activity is so genuine that we find it hard to tell her not to. It isn't that we don't like her to be active in school, in fact, we do. The main problem here is having to produce the required costumes. Mothers like me can readily identify with this dilemma given the high cost of ready-made costumes, and to think that it will only be used for several hours at the most.
The simplest children's costume can easily run up to a thousand pesos especially if accessories will be required to complete the look. We bought costumes for her for the first two activities she joined but later found a more cost-effective way of supporting my daughter's interest. My husband and I became "experts" in converting her existing clothes into convincing costumes.
Every time her need for a costume arises, the first thing we do is find one or two clothes of hers that will form the basic costume. After which, I raid my supply of trinkets and accessories which are comprised of previously used and worn items. Most of them came from my mother who has a propensity for buying accessories that are in fashion. Whenever she tires of these accessories, she knows who to call on disposal time - me.
My husband for his part taps on his artistic talent to come up with accessories that will have to be handcrafted from available art supplies. By sheer determination, we will come up with something to wear for my daughter in spite of limited funds. We even manage to surprise ourselves with some of the most outstanding results of our efforts.
There are times that it will be difficult to support our children's activities, interests, and dreams. It is during these times that parents learn to be resourceful because whatever our situation, we will always be the last persons to want our children to appear "lacking" in parental support.
Today, my daughter plays the part of a strawberry for their school's annual celebration of Nutrition Month. Nothing beats seeing her proudly wearing the fruits (pun intended) of our efforts.
That said, I am expecting more creative challenges to come as my husband and I continuously support our children's activities in school. If there are schools like Preshil that encourages children to follow their passion and discover their potential, we parents can do no less to our own children.