Luke is mad at me. At least I think he is. He would never outright say he was mad, that’s just not in his nature, but I can tell.
Right now he is playing indoor soccer and basketball. The week after those end, he starts baseball. When he asked if he could play tennis all I could think was “Is he serious??”. And not because it was tennis, just because it’s too much to play three sports at the same time when you are in first grade. Right? But many of his other friends are, so there lies the guilt.
Has this become the norm? That kids must be running from activity to activity from the time they start school? I don’t want him to feel left out, but I do want him to have time to play with his brother and sister, build Legos, read a book, even play video games. I don’t want to bog him down with responsibilities to the point that he gets burned out at the age of 7. I want him to be able to try all the sports he has an interest in, just not all at once! Am I the only one who feels this way? Sometimes it feels like it.
Not that I think poorly of parents who have their kids going constantly. In fact, it’s just the opposite, I’m almost in awe of it. In addition to my worry of Luke getting burned out, I’ll be honest, I’m also worried about ME getting burned out. I don’t want to be so stressed out with all of the activities that I can’t even enjoy watching him play. In general, I need to be busy to keep my sanity. But it’s a fine line between busy and chaotic, and sometimes it’s hard to determine how much is too much.
What are your thoughts on the pressures put on little kids these days? How many activities do you allow your little ones to be involved in at one time? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Until our next adventure,