Yea, we’re those parents. We took our kid out of sport before he ever really got started. Hard to do, but the right things usually are.
Being in France gave Scott and I a renewed perspective on family life, most importantly it made us reflect on this question: Are we being good stewards of the family God gave us?
We spend a fair amount of time in the van – school, work, after-school activities, church, parent’s day out, yadda, yadda. When we looked at the calendar and the number of nights we had baseball practice and games, it was another 3 nights/days of shuffling kids, juggling schedules, on-the-go dinners and stress-filled evenings. And, John Paul is FIVE. Not 15. I don’t care what sport or activity it is, 3 days a week for a five-year-old is activity overload.
When Will started school, we didn’t monitor the after-school stuff too much, because quite frankly, we didn’t have to. Now that we’re a quiver of 6, soon to be 7, the family landscape is very different. And, I’ll throw this in the ring for your thoughts, too much really can be too much. There’s no harm in sending the kids outside to play and hollering, “Be creative, just don’t kill each other.”
Quite honestly, I’m fed up to you-know-where with the secular world telling me my kids need to be in a 5-day-a-week all-day pre-school, or that they should be reading by the time they’re 5, or that after-school activities help build their self-esteem. What happened to our role as parents? Have we just decided to lay that responsibility on someone – or something – else? Not I, said the fly. These kids were given to Scott and I to form and we take that role very seriously. Even more so, now that there are more chubby cheeks to squeeze in our casa.
Wow, that soap box just popped up out of nowhere. Sorry 🙂 Moral of the story: If you think it’s not right for your family, then it isn’t. No excuses.
We’re looking forward to a spring full of weekends to camp out, take a day trip to the Hill Country, have a backyard BBQ with friends or just hang. Cause that’s what a being a kid should be all about…