Sometimes it takes awhile for a child to find their niche. I expect all my kids to participate in some type of extracurricular activity. It doesn't have to be throughout the year, but I want them to have something outside of school and home for at least one season of the year. It can be a sport, activity, leadership, drama, music, club etc.. It's good for them in so many ways. All of my kids have found at least one extracurricular they are passionate about--some have many.
All except Vu.
Vu tried many activities. Coming into a sports-minded family he tried soccer, baseball, karate, hip-hop, and basketball. He had a great attitude, but he wasn't crazy about any of them.
He tried drama and drumming. He liked them both, but felt nervous about performances and worried endlessly about forgetting his lines or missing the beat.
I worried about Vu. School is challenging for him and finding an activity he enjoyed proved equally difficult. He has a same-age brother who seems to excel in several areas, and I worried Vu would compare himself in a negative way.
My mom kept saying we needed to sign Vu up for choir. Vu's dyslexia tutor kept saying we needed to sign Vu up for choir. I kept thinking the same. Indeed, Vu LOVES to sing and he has an incredible memory for lyrics. He has a sweet voice and was known in his orphanage for his beautiful tone.
So, in January, Vu auditioned for a community choir. He was nervous, but he got in! Last week he had two wonderful performances, one at a fancy-schmancy professional concert hall.
And yesterday, he was moved up into the high school choir. He's a tiny guy, so he looks out of place physically, but even he knows that his voice fits in perfectly. He LOVES choir!
As I watched him perform with pride and joy I almost cried. Vu has finally found his niche!