My daughter received her red belt in ATA Taekwondo last week. She’s been practicing this art since she was 7 years old and used to love it. Now, not so much. It’s a struggle to get her to go to her lessons. Personally, I am over the time commitment (2-3x a week) and am especially over the $175 we pay a month! This easily could be a way to save money so that we can max out my husband’s 401K.
So, why haven’t I stopped it? She is 8 months away from getting a “black” belt. Not that I think black belts should by obtained in less than 3 years of doing a martial art (that’s another story!), nor do I think a black belt will really help her in any of her future goals. But I feel like the lesson of making a goal and sticking with it is an important lesson for young children. This lesson will cost me $1,600 between monthly fees and graduation.
I am curious what your thoughts are! Should I have her stick it out or let it go?