Is it okay learn both Mandarin Chinese and Traditional writing?

My 4 y.o. son and I are learning Mandarin through Rosetta Stone, but we are practicing Traditional writing and calligraphy. Is this a waste of time?
I understand that through learning traditional, I can eventually learn Simplified. I’m not sure when we will ever get to China and there are no local Chinatowns near us, so still not sure if I should learn to speak Mandarin or Cantonese. Most of the books and resources seem to be in Simplified from catalogs and websites.
I just want to know the best way to go about learning Chinese without wasting time, money and effort.
Thanks in advance!

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