As my kids have gotten older, they are more deeply involved in their extracurricular activities. The commitment required increases, and it’s harder for the kids to excel. For my daughter, who is both actively involved in musical theater and softball, we’ve found that these aren’t just one-season activities.
She plays on softball teams in the fall, spring, and summer, and spends time in the off-season doing indoor practice. For musical theater, she generally does four shows per year, participates in a travel singing/theater group, and takes weekly lessons. This isn’t just her though – other kids in these activities demonstrate the same, or even increased level of commitment. It can be expensive, but also takes up a lot of my time as I help coordinate her schedule and drive from place to place. I also try to make sure that she has plenty of time for other things – like hanging out with her friends and doing her homework.
Although we definitely go out of the way for our kids, the parents in the new movie, The House, go way overboard! This movie, starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler (two of my favorites), looks absolutely hilarious. Here’s the official synopsis:
After Scott and Kate Johansen (Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler) lose their daughter Alex’s college fund, they become desperate to earn it back so she can pursue her dream of attending a university. With the help of their neighbor Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), they decide to start an illegal casino in his house.
The comedy “The House” also stars Nick Kroll (“Vacation,” TV’s “Kroll Show”), Allison Tolman (TV’s “Fargo”), Michaela Watkins (TV’s “Transparent”), Ryan Simpkins (“Arcadia”), Jessie Ennis (TV’s “Veep” and “Better Call Saul”), Rob Huebel (“Horrible Bosses 2,” TV’s “Transparent”), Cedric Yarbrough (TV’s “Reno 911!”) and Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Town,” “The Hurt Locker,” “Arrival”).
You can see the trailer here:
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