This is an area to discuss the things I've done to support my relationships with my two children, things I've discovered about different forms of school in the United States and New Zealand, and any other random things we've done together.
Literally. My kids started music lessons recently.
After moving, we didn't force the kids to join anything or jump into any programs because we were just so focused on finding a place to live and making sure we could find work and food. Now that we are a bit more settled and have a routine down, we've started poking the kids to find out where their interests might lie. We were pleasantly surprised to find out they both wanted to do something other than sports. They wanted to learn how to play instruments.
Music and the arts are a big part of school life in New Zealand. Sports culture (mostly around rugby and cricket) exists, but it isn't quite the factory of kid's programs that you find in the US. As a matter of fact, I have really struggled to find information on sports programs in general for kids. But music, acting and voice lessons are a dime a dozen. And the kid's school, Balmoral Primary/Intermediate, has a strong music program they are very proud of. And my kids both told me they want to try out for bands next year. So, lessons started up.
My daughter chose the clarinet as her instrument of choice (she wants to try out for Orchestra) and my son chose the drums (he wants to try out for Rock Band). I was a little wary of the squeaky clarinet noises, but the drums aren't purchased (yet). He just practices on a pad for now. However, I haven't really been annoyed by it. As a matter of fact, every time they start practicing, Keith and I just kind of smile at each other and enjoy the moment. It's just good to see them passionate about something and enjoying them selves.