This time of year (although a lot of people's summer "vacation" is indistinguishable) the back-to-school buzz of sports teams and dance classes and enrichment activities is deafening. At every season change, I feel a teensy bit of pull to encourage my boys to try something new or sign up Number 4 for something, anything.
I never get used to the look on people's faces when I tell them our boys only participate in one (maybe 2 depending on driving-practice-fee commitment) extracurricular activity at a time. Number 1 plays regular, non-super-ultra competitive basketball. Number 2 focuses on the Fall school musical and after-school, at-the-school chess club in the Spring. Numbers 3 and 4 haven't ever been involved in anything more organized that a water gun fight or big brother vs. little brother trampoline wrestling match.
I'm not anti-ballet, anti-soccer or anti-karate, just anti-activities to the exclusion of all else. I am grateful now that I took ballet lessons (only ballet lessons) my whole childhood. And I enjoyed it, 3 or 4 hours a week.
This is what works for our family. There is enough chaos around here without taking the show on the road any more than necessary. We prefer to have extra time to do something or nothing together. We'd rather spend time together going to the zoo or a ballgame. We can visit with grandparents and out of town family and friends without working around 4 different practice/game schedules. St. Joel and I have time to spend with each other and with our own friends.
Under-scheduled may not be ideal plan for everyone, but it is for us. Our kids are happy and healthy. We are happy and unfrazzled. I just wonder how many parents realize they have a choice?
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