I overheard a conversation on the playground the other day while watching my 3 frolic on the slides and monkey bars. It was something I have heard before but it really struck me this time. Two kindergarten mom’s were discussing their busy schedule. How their children were almost done with soccer and another sport….what to move onto next? Well, one was ready to put hers into jazz, hip hop and guitar while another was vying for hip hop, tennis and karate. HUH? They turn to me then and ask what were Sammy, Jack and Katie involved in. And I smiled and said "nothing". I think I stumped them. No, that is right. My children are not in soccer (though we would like that soon), piano, t-ball, tennis or underwater basket weaving. They come home from school. They have a snack and do their homework. Then they play. You know, play? Like jumping on the trampoline, building legos, catching slugs in a cardboard box- did you know you can see really cool trails on it? They watch Zoom and Katie makes me many dishes in her kitchen.
Please, don’t get me wrong, I think that after school activities are great. But, in this day I really feel like these kids don’t get a chance to just be kids. If my kids are interested in something, you can be sure we will make every chance available to explore it. But, not at the expense of precious play and hang out time. Also, we thankfully, can still have dinner together as a family every night. Without pressures- other than BSF for Michael on Monday. I just love hearing their laughter, seeing them decompress from their day at school. I love giving them some time to just BE.
The other moms thought I was a bit loony. Especially when they found out Katie Mei is not in pre school yet. Sheesh. Am I the only one?