When I was pregnant – and afterwards, now that I think of it – people would say to me “Oh, wow, twins! Great! One try and your done!” Or I hear “Oh how nice that they’re at the same age developmentally, that’ll make things easier.”
Not that I have anything to compare it to? But NOT SO MUCH, methinks.
I have yet to realize any economies of scale. Clothing-wise, they are boy and girl and though I try to purchase more neutral stuff than naught, they simply aren’t wearing the same size anyway. In fact, the sizes are so far apart that by the time my daughter could wear my son’s ‘neutral’ clothing, they’ll be out of season.
Bottles? The never could use the same bottle system. OF COURSE. My son uses standard nipples and my daughter prefers the Born Free stuff. She can drink from a cup and straw. He needs a sippy cup. For now. He leaks at night without Overnights and a Diaper Doubler, she’s fine in the regular diapers.
Sure we got the 10% off for multiples discount from various stores, but that only applied to the big gear.
Now, I’m finding myself a little anxious about future activities. We recently attended a music play class that offered two FREE demonstration classes. We went, and they enjoyed it. So did I! But to enroll them, it’s $250. PER CHILD. So right there, with two kids, I’m priced out.
Do I enroll one and alternate attendance? Do I enroll both and make them sit around in dirty diapers longer to make up for the expenditure? Or do I enroll neither because $500 for 30 minutes once a week for 19 weeks is TOO MUCH MONEY?
And I’m just using the music play class as an example. I never intended to enroll them in the class because I figured I could watch the instructor and at least sort of do what she does at home with the kids. This isn’t just about music play classes. What about soccer or piano lessons or karate or dance class on down the road? My nephew plays in a football league, two baseball leagues, and a basketball league and EACH season EACH sport is about $170 for registration and uniforms. It makes me admire my parents even more because I played and did seemingly EVERYTHING – and I know they didn’t have a lot of funds.
When did organized group PLAY get so expensive?
So how do you do it? How do you keep your kids socialized and involved without breaking the bank?