Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Sleep? Let Me Check My Schedule...

It has been said that "we" (as in - one would assume - parents in general) are over-scheduling our children. One minute it is being reported that our kids are being dumped in front of electronic babysitters (televisions, computer games and the like) and left to turn into obese zombie-killing monsters, and the next we are apparently making them do too much.

But - what is too much, exactly?

In my opinion, too much would be where it interfered with their schooling and sleep, and if it upset our family dynamic. So, while my kids are very active and kept busy with different sports, they get enough sleep & their school work is in order. They also get down time to play on their consoles/tablets & watch their favourite TV programmes, and we have our family time together. If anything it's ME that is over-scheduled trying to keep up with their timetables as well as everything else! And the Mister, of course.

J has football training once a week and boxing two times a week, with a football match at the weekend. L has tae kwon-do & swimming once a week.
H plays rugby (either training or a match) & has a swimming lesson once a week, boxing training twice with J, and he & J also swim together during the public session while L has his private lesson.
E attends a swimming lesson and a gymnastics class once a week, and A has been taking guitar lessons during school hours for just over a year now. This week, H & L will also be starting homework club after school for an hour once a week.
It means a lot of running around & commitment, and Tuesday evenings and Sundays in particular are very busy for us but the kids really enjoy their activities and I think it is so important for them to be out and about and DOING something. I want them to have something that is theirs, and that they love to do. L's swimming and tae kwon-do are excellent physiotherapy for his legs, with lots of gentle stretching and movement and he has also been able to socialise and make new friends.

We have family time, watching movies and going out together on days out, we eat our meals together and we have our occasional lazy days doing nothing. We bake, we play, we read, we have fun. We have a good balance and it works for us. If at any point they didn't want to continue with their activities, I wouldn't make them. But this is what makes them happy.

And if they're happy - I'm happy.

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10 comments:

SarahMummy said...

So true! If each of the kids are doing 2 or 3 activities which they enjoy, which keep them fit and allow them to socialise, that's not too much, that's good for them. It's only mum's taxi service which is under pressure! I must say some of the activities my kids do mess up meal times slightly, but it's not a problem.

Susan Mann said...

I think 2 or 3 is enough, between school, homework and family time it's hard to find a balance, sounds like you have. xxx

Tara said...

I hear you. I have active kids. Very active; never sit still always at rugby or swimming or athletics or taking part in a school tournament etc
And I've worried about over scheduling them. But them I figure, by the time they're 15 they tend to drop out of things and vegetate so if they still with just ONE of the things they're doing now I'll be happy!

Tara Cain said...

I hear you. I have active kids. Very active; never sit still always at rugby or swimming or athletics or taking part in a school tournament etc
And I've worried about over scheduling them. But them I figure, by the time they're 15 they tend to drop out of things and vegetate so if they still with just ONE of the things they're doing now I'll be happy!

Pacific Plate Brit said...

Sounds like a good balance :) great pics by the way.

Pacific Plate Brit said...

sounds like a happy balance you have. Great pics by the way :)

Jess McGlynn said...

I think you are absolutely right, if they are doing a couple of activities which they enjoy, and which doesn't interfere with their school and home life then why not? Sport is such a great way for them to socialise, keep fit and learn new skills too..what's not to like?!

Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One said...

I think it's really important for children to be involved with sports. Monkey has swimming lessons now, a true life skill, I want him to do Karate and a team sport when he's a bit older, if he enjoys them #TheGallery

K Ville said...

It's one heck of a lrage kitchen calendar you are juggling there! It's good to keep them busy. Building interests now will prevent street corner hangers later on.

Helpful Mum said...

Sound busy! But looks like it is great fun. We only have to take the boy to swimming so far.

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