Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Summertime means busy time!
I was talking to my good friend Hal Wiley the other day and he made the comment about how busy our kids are these days. I have to agree with him as I look at the calendar and see just what my kids have scheduled for the next month. It is going to be a busy summer. Here's what I mean...
We will be missing the last day of school next week as we travel to Florida to board the Disney Dream boat and cruise with Mickey Mouse for a few days. We return home on Memorial Day. Mia will then have a busy week making the final preparations for her year ending dance recital on Saturday June 4th. The next week my little girl will attend "Arts" camp which is hosted by the local Fitzgerald Arts council. She will get to do all kinds of artsy stuff, which is right up her ally. The next week she will attend Cheer camp at our local high school and learn some new cheers that she will perform at a football game in the fall. She will also have children's church activities that will last all through the summer months, as well as a week of Vacation Bible School.
Don't think we are leaving Reid out! He will attend baseball camp at a nearby local college for a week and then attend soccer camp the week after. He will also have children's church activities and a week of Vacation Bible School. This will get us through June!!! Who knows what the other two months will bring!!
I don't remember being that busy as a kid. I'm sure that I was, but it seems to me that I spent more time playing in the neighbor's back yard than I did attending an organized day camp or activity. Times are different now. When did we change and become parents and children who have to be constantly entertained? I'm sure that we all want the best for our kids but I'm scared that we are creating a society of young people that expect to be catered to and entertained at all times. I know my son is that way. He wants someone to play with him at ALL times. He will drive you nuts until you give in and entertain him. My daughter on the other hand is a little better in the fact that she will entertain herself. She can spend hours drawing or pretending with her dolls. She is able to make herself happy. I wish her brother would follow suit!
I want my kids to have a great summer! I want them to have great memories of their childhood! I want them to have things to do! But I also want them to be able to have fun without all the fluff. I want them to have fun spending the day playing ball in the yard or running through the sprinkler. I want them to have fun catching crickets and fishing in the back yard. I want them to have fun riding their bikes and catching fireflies. That's what summer is all about! Having fun!! No homework, no school, no worries!! It doesn't always have to be a camp or a planned activity everyday! Summer can be whatever you make it! I hope you make it fun!
It's going to be a busy summer! I'm ready!