1, regarding Ding Dongs. We found King Dons at the local StupidStore. They look the same and the boy was marginally impressed with them. I didn't try one, because I am saving my T-Dawg cheat for a medium DQ blizzard ( Georgia Mud Fudge with cookie dough instead of pecans ) tonight. According to this quote from the Hostess site, only Ding Dongs are now sold nationwide, so I suppose that doesn't include the 51st state yet. <
2, To reply to as many of the other posts as I can.........
He would be going to Soccer practice every 2nd practice, not every 4th practice. ( 1/2 not 1/4 ). Not all kids show up to every practice, and some put in very little effort. As long as he's putting in the effort while he's there, the coach is fine with that.
He can't skate worth shit, and by 7, if you haven't already played hockey for about 5 yrs, you've pretty much missed the boat. He has expressed some interest in ball hockey, however.
He's not doing 4 sports all at the same time. He's generally doing 2 organized sports, such as Karate and soccer, plus a 45 min swimming lesson on Sunday morning. He just does drop-ins for indoor rock climbing at the moment.
I can't and wouldn't really force him to try to make an effort in Karate, or any other sport, if he really doesn't want to. He's 7, so I dont' think he necessarily knows exactly what the hell he wants, and it changes often.
The Red Cross also changed the format of swimming lessons. They used to call the kids lessons Aqua 1 - whatever ...... now they call it Swim Kids 1 - whatever. I swim lengths while he's having his lesson, and I noticed when they changed the name, they made the program much harder. He complained about it, right away. They have made it much more length / strength orientated.
Because he got quite far advanced in the Aqua program, he's pushing his limits in this new Swim Kids program. I spoke to the instructor, and employees at the pool, and they agree the program is much harder. His physical strength likely won't advance fast enough for him to take lessons continuously. So, he's probably going to have to take breaks between sets of lessons if he can't keep up physically.
Of course, as soon as they changed the program, he wanted to quit swimming lessons. I told him, that swimming lessons aren't negotiable, he HAS to learn how to swim, well. He CAN, however, take time out between sets of lessons, if he can't keep up physically.
We do make him finish what he starts. Karate is paid for until March or April, and he'll stay in until then, regardless.
Back to the original point. I want to try to explain to him, that life isn't ALL about fun. School isn't particularly fun, losing at your sport isn't all that fun... but he has to try his best. My hope is that he'll finish this 'semester' of Karate, and even if he doesn't want to return right away, that he won't give up on it outright. Ultimately, it will be his choice.
I'd just like any tips on ways to try to explain the concepts of 'responsibilty', 'maturity', vs 'fun' to him, if possible.