Blink—And They're Grown

Parents, Families and Child Care

Extracurriculars? What extracurriculars?

It seems like every organization and agency is offering some sort of great activity for children to participate in, especially during the summer. We receive emails and newsletters from various organizations around town and all include a calendar of events with enticing descriptions. Yet in my family, we struggle just to wash and fold a load of laundry, let alone get everyone loaded into the car and out the door to some awesome enhancement activity  before 10:00 a.m. My wife and I both work full-time, and we all love our sleep! Most nights we don’t even have time to make dinner.

Sure, I see our friends going to this creative program or that totally-gonna-make-‘em-smart-one-time event and I’ll admit it, I get jealous. But only for a minute. And then I realize that the nagging, buzzing sound in my head is actually the dryer letting me know what’s up: I don’t have time to be jealous.

Don’t get me wrong, we do all kinds of things with our children – we build cardboard houses, fire stations and parking garages. We dig holes in the yard, plant seeds, spray water everywhere and, Schmee’s current favorite, toy monster truck mud drag! We go on hikes in the woods to play in icy streams, hang out with strangers at the playground and ride bikes in the neighborhood.

For our family, right now, the most important thing is to spend time together. We look at the future and see many daytimes, evenings and weekends taken up with lessons for this and lessons for that. An event over here and one over there. As exciting as everything sounds, we just can’t bring ourselves to give up even a minute of family time right now!

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