But not this year. I felt nervous just thinking about it. After I few days, I realized why.
I don’t want a repeat of last year.
Last year, our weeks looked like this. We would get home from school at 3:45, do homework, make dinner, and head out to:
Monday – Tae Kwon Do
Tuesday – Soccer
Wednesday – Faith Formation
Thursday – Inevitable meeting for some non-profit
Friday – Family Movie Night
Saturdays included a soccer game and whatever else was going on. Oh and did I mention that my husband is in school two nights a week? And that my kids’ school is a hike and I spend 10 hours a week driving to and fro?
It was exhausting. We didn’t eat dinner together enough. We didn’t eat healthily enough. We didn’t sleep enough.
We’re doing 2011/2012 differently. Faith Formation and Family Movie night stays. Everything else is on the table:
- I’m still committed to saving the world, but I am limiting my evening meetings to groups that provide dinner and babysitting so the kids have a chance to socialize. And I don’t have to make some crazy dinner while I fly out the door to a meeting.
- Any classes the kids take will be at the YMCA, where we already have a membership and I can work out while they are in class instead of just sitting there texting people until soccer practice is over.
- The kids can join Boy Scouts and or Girl Scouts if they meet right after school. That way we save a trip and the other child and I can sit in the library and finish homework during the meeting.
- We will prioritize based on values. That sounds so grown up, doesn’t it? It just means that faith and family are more important than soccer. We are still doing Faith Formation, but dropping soccer.
- We already have planned some family bike rides, and when it gets too cold we will do some family ice skating.
- Let the kids get bored sometimes. WHAT? It’s true. We got bored growing up, and we learned how to deal with it. Our kids need to also.
What do you think? Is less more? Stopping the extracurricular madness Works For Me!