As my kids get older, I find myself shuffling them around to different extracurricular activities and spending a lot of time “waiting” for them to be done.
Over the years, I have found that some extracurriculars provide better waiting spaces for parents.
I’ll admit that I’ve been guilty of trying to persuade my kids to participate in the activities with the better waiting areas because there is nothing worse than sitting in a cold, dark, room for forty five minutes every day. One of my favorite places to take my kids is to their piano lessons because the waiting area is extremely comfortable. While my children are practicing piano, I can sit on a large couch, there is plenty of natural daylight, and there’s a ductless mini split unit that I have control over. My kids have been playing piano for so long that I have a routine down. Once they meet with their piano teacher, I go straight to the waiting room and adjust the temperature on the ductless mini split unit. I turn the air conditioning to 74 degrees because I’ve found that it’s the perfect temperature. It doesn’t take long for the ductless mini split unit to get the room to 74 degrees and I’m able to relax on the big couch while I wait. Because of this, I’ve tried really hard to keep my kids interested in piano. Knowing this skill is really great, but I don’t think they’ve caught on that I really just enjoy the waiting room most here.