I don’t mean to tell anyone how to raise their children but, my gosh, these days, children have to follow such massive schedules. I visit the grandchildren and they have a list a mile long of what they have to do this week, next week, every week.
Do you think children feel the stress of having to do so many things, that there is no time for actual play? I know as a child, I felt stress just having to attend a parent / teacher meeting. I guess like adults, some children probably like to keep busy. I have a granddaughter who has to get up at 5 am to be on the ice for 6 am to practise ringette. I suppose she could quit going if she wanted to, I think, but still, that’s crazy! After school, there is home work, possibly chores and so on. I suppose this gives a child discipline. It would absolutely drive me crazy as a child and as an adult. What is the alternative anyway. These days, if they weren’t kept busy with all these extra curricular activities, they would most likely be on their phones or tablets.
My granddaughter loves her ringette, so who am I to say she shouldn’t have to get up at 5 am for practise? Some kids have music lessons on top of the sports outings. How do parents keep up with such schedules, especially when they have more than one child? I never had children so I wouldn’t know, but I do know I would not be able to go to game practises three or four times a week.
I say simplify the child’s life a little. I guess I would never have made a good parent for a child who wanted to become a professional athlete, that would take a lot of committment for parents and children. That is hard work. To all those athletes getting ready for the olympics, good luck and try to have a little fun while you are there.
Keep your motor running,
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