I always hear stories about how kids are overscheduled these days. Too many lessons, practices, and other activities and not enough free time to just play, and lots of time spent driving around in the car. This week I experienced it, and hope to not experience it again. At least not for a looong time. As part of a plan to not overschedule my kids during the school year, I let each child choose one activity to sign up for this summer. My 5 year old chose a city sports camp where they go for 1 hour each day for 4 days and learn a different sport each day (soccer, baseball, basketball, and football). My girls each chose a dance camp put on by the local theater, that was 2 hours each day for 5 days with a little performance on the last day.
I thought I was being clever by having both girls sign up for the same week. Even though one would go in the morning and the other in the afternoon, I thought it would be better to have the girls go one week, and my boy go a few weeks later. Ugggh. What this really meant was that 4 times a day I was driving to the theater to drop off or pick up. While hauling 4 other children around with me. We went at 9:30, 11:30, 12:30 and 2:30. I hated it and my kids hated it as well. The first day, my 5 year old started throwing a fit at the last pick up. "I don't want to go! I hate this!" I had to agree with him. After that first day, I decided we weren't going to do "school" for the week or worry about practicing piano. I wanted them to be able to have time to play.
I still am glad my girls went to the camp. They had a blast! And I'm still glad we chose to do one week of dance camp rather than worrying about every week taking them to a practice during the school year (and paying for it every month). But, wow, I'm recommitted to not overscheduling my kids as they get older. If nothing else, there's no way I want to spend that much time in the car. I can think of much more enjoyable and productive uses of my time.
Running Hills (Part Four)
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