Would you sign up your daughter for an activity she didn't want to do?
We have certain activities that we've done each year in my home. In spring we play soccer, fall, cheerleading, etc. This year comes time for pee wee cheer sign ups and she says "no thank you". Last year she really enjoyed it and loved the girls on her squad. We went back and forth on it and she was insisting that she didn't want to do it. Finally one day there was a website she discovered and she really wanted the paid membership. I struck a deal with her: she does cheer and gets a membership. She immediately agreed and then cheerfully asked "so what team am I going to be cheering for?" I told her and she said "Oh, I really like that team!"
So that was that!
I had a few reasons I thought she should do it. I want her to get some exercise and I think sports are important. She really does enjoy it and I worry that we won't sign up and then she'll regret it (this happened with another activity. We didn't sign up and then she was sad). And it's just a fun family activity to get into. We all meet so many people, etc.
Anyway, I mentioned this to other moms and got a mix of reactions. Some thought it should be entirely her decision. Some thought it should be entirely the parents decision. I don't have a strong feeling either way.
If it makes a difference, this isn't a big pressure sport or big time commitment.
But my question pertains to all activities, not just this particular one. Does the activity matter? (in other words, is it wrong to make your kids do pageants but not soccer?)
My daughter is 6 if anyone is wondering :-)